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Nov 20

- Celebrate Recovery
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Sarah Marie Dillard

Nov 21

- Open Mic Comedy Night
- Nature Art Show and Sale

Nov 22

- Happy Thanksgiving!
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Nature Art Show and Sale

Nov 23

- Peoria Rivermen
- Santa Claus Parade
- Santa Lunch
- Yule Like Peoria
- Celebrate Recovery
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Laugh your Turkey Off
- Live at the Five Spot
- Nature Art Show and Sale

Nov 24

- Bradley Braves Basketball
- Christmas Jubilee: a 1940s Radio Broadcast
- Craft & Vendor Fair
- Craft and Vendor Show
- Ghost Key
- Peoria Rivermen
- River Trail Classic
- 9th Annual Kristkindlmarkt
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Laugh your Turkey Off
- Nature Art Show and Sale

Nov 25

- Makers Market
- Winter Wonderland Parade
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Nature Art Show and Sale

Nov 26

- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Nature Art Show and Sale

Nov 27

- Celebrate Recovery
- Farm Show
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Sarah Marie Dillard
- Stomp

Nov 28

- Nutcracker 21
- Farm Show
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Holiday Show Cruises
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Stomp

Nov 29

- Holiday Market in the Heights
- Community Festival of Nativities
- Farm Show
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Nature Art Show and Sale

Nov 30

- Christmas on Court
- Mark Lowry
- Celebrate Recovery
- Community Festival of Nativities
- Eric Petersen Sings Broadway
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Holiday Show Cruises
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Live at the Five Spot
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
- Youth Symphony Concert

Dec 1

- Gifts Galore Shop and Stroll
- Bradley Basketball
- Jingle Bell Run
- Kenny G
- The Way Down Wanderers
- Community Festival of Nativities
- Eric Petersen Sings Broadway
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Holiday Home Tour
- Holiday Show Cruises
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
- Youth Symphony Concert

Dec 2

- Orpheus Club Winter Concert
- Community Festival of Nativities
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Holiday Home Tour
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

Dec 3

- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Nature Art Show and Sale

Dec 4

- Celebrate Recovery
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Sarah Marie Dillard

Dec 5

- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Holiday Show Cruises
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Nature Art Show and Sale

Dec 6

- Best Christmas Pageant Ever
- Central Illinois Herpetological
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Whisper & Shout

Dec 7

- Harlem Globetrotters
- Best Christmas Pageant Ever
- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Dueling Pianos
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Holiday Show Cruises
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Live at the Five Spot
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Santa's Wildlife Express
- Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

Dec 8

- Rivermen
- Robein School Vendor Show
- Santa Cause 5K
- Santa Train
- Best Christmas Pageant Ever
- Dueling Pianos
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Holiday Show Cruises
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Kristkindlmarkt
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Nutcracker Ballet
- Santa's Wildlife Express
- Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

Dec 9

- A Very Electric Christmas
- Rivermen
- Best Christmas Pageant Ever
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Kristkindlmarkt
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Nutcracker Ballet
- Old Time Folk and Country Jam
- Santa's Wildlife Express
- Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

Dec 10

- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Nature Art Show and Sale

Dec 11

- Celebrate Recovery
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Sarah Marie Dillard

Dec 12

- Holiday Lunch Show Cruise
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Nature Art Show and Sale

Dec 13

- Rivermen
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Nature Art Show and Sale

Dec 14

- Christmas Wonderland
- Rivermen
- The Nutcracker
- 2nd Fridays in Peoria Heights
- An American Family Christmas
- Celebrate Recovery
- Christmas One Acts
- Dueling Pianos
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Live at the Five Spot
- Nature Art Show and Sale

Dec 15

- Bradley Basketball
- The Nutcracker
- An American Family Christmas
- Christmas One Acts
- Dueling Pianos
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Kid's Night Out
- Nature Art Show and Sale

Dec 16

- The Nutcracker
- An American Family Christmas
- Christmas One Acts
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Nature Art Show and Sale

Dec 17

- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Nature Art Show and Sale

Dec 18

- Celebrate Recovery
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Sarah Marie Dillard
- This Moment in Time

Dec 19

- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- This Moment in Time

Dec 20

- Wizards of Winter
- Folepi's Winter Wonderland
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- This Moment in Time


 
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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