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Events Calendar


Jun 24

- Are You Art Smart?
- Biscuits & Gravy Band
- Brian Howe
- Free Mulch Giveaway & Electronics Recycling Event
- Just Tri It Triathalon
- Laser Light Night
- Lego Day at the Zoo
- Morton Chalk Challenge
- RoboRumble
- CATS
- Dustin Ybarra
- HOI Food Truck and Music Festival
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- Olde English Faire
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Princeville Heritage Days
- Roll Out The Barrel Tour
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jun 25

- Itoo Shish-Ka-Bob
- Pioneer Days
- HOI Food Truck and Music Festival
- Olde English Faire
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Princeville Heritage Days
- Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jun 26

- Best of Central Illinois Preps
- Peoria Chiefs
- Masterpiece Mondays
- Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jun 27

- Peoria Chiefs
- Reality Check
- Understanding and Responding
- Celebrate Recovery
- Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jun 28

- A Midsummer Night's Dream Preview
- UnityPoint Wellmobile
- Beginning Line Dance
- Peoria Chiefs
- Unplugged in the Heights
- Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jun 29

- Arts in the Park Concert
- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline Preview
- St. Jude Fundraiser
- CEFCU Jazz Series
- Peoria Chiefs
- Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jun 30

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Moonlight Cruise
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- River City Tour
- Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jul 1

- Naughty to Nice Tour
- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Sightseeing Cruises
- The Original Skazz Band
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jul 2

- Sightseeing Cruise
- First Sunday at Flanagan House
- Pettengill Morron House Museum First Sunday

Jul 3

- Fireworks Spectacular
- JammSammich In Concert
- Morton Fireworks
- Masterpiece Mondays

Jul 4

- 4th of July Backyard BBQ
- Fireworks at Flanagan House Museum
- Peoria Chiefs
- Red, White and Boom!
- West Peoria 4th of July Parade
- Celebrate Recovery

Jul 5

- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Beginning Line Dance
- Peoria Chiefs
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Unplugged in the Heights

Jul 6

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Adult Night at the Zoo
- Arts in the Park Concert
- CEFCU Jazz Series
- Central Illinois Herpetological
- Disney's The Lion King Jr.
- Peoria Chiefs
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Whisper & Shout

Jul 7

- Cheap Trick and 38 Special
- Moonlight Cruise
- River City Tour
- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Disney's The Lion King Jr.
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Jul 8

- 6th Annual Kids Muddy Madness
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Doggone Trivia Night
- Free Concert in the Park
- Full Moon Stroll
- I Heart Juliet Preview
- Morton Downtown Super Cruise & Tractor Show
- TurnpikeTroubadours
- Writers on the River
- Disney's The Lion King Jr.
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria

Jul 9

- Celebrate Peoria: Eid al Fitr
- Fitz and the Tantrums
- I Heart Juliet
- The Original Skazz Band
- Disney's The Lion King Jr.
- Old Time Folk and Country Jam
- Peoria Municipal Band

Jul 10

- Masterpiece Mondays

Jul 11

- I Heart Juliet
- Celebrate Recovery
- Girls' Night Out with the Hearts

Jul 12

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Beginning Line Dance
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Unplugged in the Heights

Jul 13

- Arts in the Park Concert
- Johnny Lang
- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Peoria Chiefs
- Sightseeing Cruise

Jul 14

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Brit Floyd
- Hairbanger's Ball
- Moonlight Cruise
- Swing is Back
- Bye Bye Birdie
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria Chiefs
- Sightseeing Cruise

Jul 15

- Color Vibe 5K
- Delavan Cruise-In
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- Peoria Chiefs
- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Sightseeing Cruises
- Bye Bye Birdie
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria

Jul 16

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- I Heart Juliet
- Peoria Chiefs
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Sundae Cruise
- Bye Bye Birdie
- Peoria Municipal Band

Jul 17

- Peoria Chiefs
- Bye Bye Birdie
- Masterpiece Mondays

Jul 18

- I Heart Juliet
- Bye Bye Birdie
- Celebrate Recovery
- Girls' Night Out with the Hearts
- HOI Fair

Jul 19

- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Tazewell County Animal Control Extended Hours
- Beginning Line Dance
- Bye Bye Birdie
- HOI Fair
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Unplugged in the Heights

Jul 20

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Arts in the Park Concert
- Bye Bye Birdie
- CEFCU Jazz Series
- HOI Fair

Jul 21

- Moonlight Cruise
- Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
- Peoria Municipal Band
- River City Tour
- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Bye Bye Birdie
- Celebrate Recovery
- HOI Fair
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- PFN Women's Ministry Rummage Sale
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Jul 22

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Sightseeing Cruises
- Bye Bye Birdie
- HOI Fair
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- PFN Women's Ministry Rummage Sale
- Sculpture Walk Peoria

Jul 23

- I Heart Juliet
- Sightseeing Cruise
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Peoria Municipal Band

Jul 24

- Masterpiece Mondays


 
Peoria History

Peoria History
 

Throughout the years, Peoria has lived through a rich and interesting history, full of culture and diversity. 
 

 

The Native Americans 

The inhabitance of Peoriacan be traced as far back as 10,000B.C. with Native American tribes.  Many artifacts have been found that suggest these tribes were very organized and ritualistic, with a great respect and reverence for nature.  By the middle of the 17th century, the area was occupied by the Illini Indians, whose major tribes were the  Peoria , the Kaskaskia, the Michigamea, the  Cahokia , and the Tamaroa. 
 

Over time the populations of the Peoria tribe decreased as a result of warfare with neighboring Indian nations.  As a result of the Indian Removal Acts of the 1830’s, the small number of Peorians that remained in the area was forced to move to Oklahoma .  Above is a picture of a Peorian chief and to the left, the Peorian tribal flag.


 

The French

 

The French first came into Peoria's history in 1673, when Father Jaques Marquette and Louis Joliette explored Peoria's shores.  Seven years later, Robert Cavalier de LaSalle and Henri de Tonti arrived on the eastern bank of the Illinois River and made Fort Crevecouer, a drawing of which can be seen to the right. 

Peoria's first village grew around Fort St. Louis II, also known as Fort Piimiteoui, which is thought to have been located near the foot of Mary and Adams streets.  This
fort was built by Tonti and Francois Daupin de LaForest.  It became the first Europen settlement in Illinois, complete with trading posts, a blacksmith shop, a chapel, a winepress, and a windmill.

During the War of 1812, American forces believed that the French villagers were supporting the Native Americans.  In their war efforts, the Americans burned and razed the French village to the ground while any living inhabitants were captured and sent down the river to Alton.  After that, the Americans had gained control of Peoria.

 

 The Americans  
 

In 1813, American soldiers built Fort Clark on the land that was once occupied by the French village.  Six years later Josiah Fulton and six other men came to the area and became the first American pioneers to settle here.  Beginning with those settlers, Peoria flourished, and finally in 1845, Peoria was able to be considered a city.  To the left is a piece of a map of Adams and Edmund streets in Peoria from 1867.   

 

 

 Culture and Industry
 

Peoria's cultural history is infamous for it's role in entertainment in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Peoria had a diverse variety of people due to the different immigrants who had settled here.  Because of the eclectic tastes from different cultures, new shows would play in Peoria before they tried to make it big on Broadway.  If the people of Peoria liked the show, it was considered to have a good chance at success; however, if it flopped, it was back to the drawing board.  Thus came the phrase: "If it plays in Peoria, it'll play anywhere." 
Peoria also has some historical roots in the business of breweries and distilleries.  Andrew Eitle began Peoria's first brewery in 1837 and Almiron S. Cole the first distillery in 1843.  From those beginnings until prohibition, Peoria led the world in the distiling industry.  To the left is a 1937 drawing of Peoria's old distillery, Hiram Walker and Sons, Inc.  In it's heyday, the distillery was the largest in the world and was able to grind 20,000 bushels of grain each day.  Many of Peoria's historically wealthy became so as a result of the distiling industry.

For more information on Peoria's history or for information about historical tours of Peoria, please visit the The Peoria Historical Society's website.

 
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