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Events Calendar


Aug 19

- 5th Annual Native Americans Speak
- Back to School Bash
- Behind the Scenes Tour
- Concert Cruise
- Concert in the Vineyard
- Delavan Cruise-In
- Dogs of Society
- Hike for Hunger
- India Fest
- JT's 5K Run
- Peoria Chiefs
- Illinois State Fair
- Jeff Bailey at Jukebox Comedy Club
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- River City Tour
- Roll Out The Barrel Tour
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise
- Washington Arts Festival

Aug 20

- Carload Day
- Nathan Taylor Band
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria Prowlers Roller Derby Mixer
- Peoria Triathlon
- Pigs & Swigs
- Illinois State Fair
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise
- Washington Arts Festival

Aug 21

- Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party
- Peoria Chiefs
- Masterpiece Mondays

Aug 22

- Celebrate Recovery

Aug 23

- Beginning Line Dance
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise
- Unplugged in the Heights

Aug 24

- Dunlap Days Festival
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise

Aug 25

- Joe Bonamassa
- Peoria Chiefs
- Trippin BIllies
- 4th Friday Tazewell Art Loop
- Celebrate Recovery
- Dunlap Days Festival
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour
- Moonlight Cruise
- Peoria Irish Festival
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise
- Thoroughly Modern Millie

Aug 26

- Annual Duck Race
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria Players Trivia Night
- South Side Stride 5k Run & 1 Mile Walk
- Zoo Run Run
- Dunlap Days Festival
- Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria Irish Festival
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- River City Tour
- Roll Out The Barrel Tour
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Thoroughly Modern Millie

Aug 27

- Grape Stomp
- Peoria Chiefs
- Pioneer Days
- Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show
- Peoria Irish Festival
- Thoroughly Modern Millie

Aug 28

- Peoria Chiefs
- Masterpiece Mondays
- Thoroughly Modern Millie

Aug 29

- River City Tour
- Celebrate Recovery
- Thoroughly Modern Millie

Aug 30

- Beginning Line Dance
- Peoria Chiefs
- Thoroughly Modern Millie
- Unplugged in the Heights

Aug 31

- Peoria Chiefs
- Thoroughly Modern Millie

Sep 1

- Peoria Chiefs
- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Moonlight Cruise
- Peoria Blues Heritage Music Festival
- Peoria Chiefs
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Thoroughly Modern Millie

Sep 2

- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria Blues Heritage Music Festival
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Thoroughly Modern Millie

Sep 3

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

Sep 4

- Masterpiece Mondays

Sep 5

- Celebrate Recovery

Sep 6

- Beginning Line Dance
- Unplugged in the Heights

Sep 7

- Central Illinois Herpetological
- Pekin Marigold Festival
- Whisper & Shout

Sep 8

- When God & Cancer Meet
- St. Jude Harvest Moon
- Celebrate Recovery
- Disney's the Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Moonlight Cruise
- Pekin Marigold Festival

Sep 9

- Beethoven's 9th
- Children's Home Association of Illinois 53rd Annual Cattle Auction
- Walk to Defeat ALS
- Disney's the Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Pekin Marigold Festival
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria

Sep 10

- Disney's the Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Old Time Folk and Country Jam
- Pekin Marigold Festival

Sep 11

- Masterpiece Mondays

Sep 12

- Celebrate Recovery

Sep 13

- Beginning Line Dance
- Disney's the Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Morton Pumpkin Festival
- Unplugged in the Heights

Sep 14

- Disney's the Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Morton Pumpkin Festival

Sep 15

- Celebrate Recovery
- Disney's the Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Moonlight Cruise
- Morton Pumpkin Festival
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Sep 16

- Disney's the Hunchback of Notre Dame
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Morton Pumpkin Festival
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria

Sep 17

- Disney's the Hunchback of Notre Dame

Sep 18

- Masterpiece Mondays

Sep 19

- Celebrate Recovery


 
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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