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Events Calendar


Jul 20

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Arts in the Park Concert
- Peoria Area World Affairs Council
- State Budget Challenges Ahead
- Bye Bye Birdie
- CEFCU Jazz Series
- Disney's Shrek the Musical
- HOI Fair
- Ryan Niemiller at Jukebox Comedy Club

Jul 21

- Country Idol Competition
- Dash at Dusk 5K
- Dumbo
- Moonlight Cruise
- Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre
- Peoria Municipal Band
- River City Tour
- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Trace Adkins
- Antique Tractor & Equipment Show
- Bye Bye Birdie
- Celebrate Recovery
- Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown
- Disney's Shrek the Musical
- Dueling Pianos
- Groove in the Garden
- HOI Fair
- James and the Giant Peach
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- PFN Women's Ministry Rummage Sale
- Ryan Niemiller at Jukebox Comedy Club
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Jul 22

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Battle at the Ballpark
- Bubblegum Jack Reunion
- Julie K
- Sightseeing Cruises
- SMD & The Underground
- Trivia Night Fundraiser
- U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Summer Paddle
- Women Empowering Women
- Antique Tractor & Equipment Show
- Bye Bye Birdie
- Central Illinois BBQ Throwdown
- Disney's Shrek the Musical
- Dueling Pianos
- HOI Fair
- James and the Giant Peach
- Lincoln & the Civil War Tour
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- PFN Women's Ministry Rummage Sale
- Ryan Niemiller at Jukebox Comedy Club
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Superhero Weekend

Jul 23

- Corn Boil
- Honor Flight Benefit
- I Heart Juliet
- Peoria Players Theatre Get Acquainted
- Sightseeing Cruise
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- James and the Giant Peach
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Superhero Weekend

Jul 24

- Masterpiece Mondays

Jul 25

- Dancing with the Stars Live
- I Heart Juliet
- Celebrate Recovery
- Girls' Night Out with the Hearts
- Improvised Shakespeare Company

Jul 26

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

Jul 27

- Arts in the Park Concert
- Goo Goo Dolls
- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Peoria Chiefs

Jul 28

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- KC And The Sunshine Band
- Metamora Music in Motion
- Moonlight Cruise
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Sightseeing Cruise
- 4th Friday Tazewell Art Loop
- Celebrate Recovery
- Getting Wilder with Chip Joyce
- Groove in the Garden
- Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria Chiefs

Jul 29

- Backpack Peoria
- Behind the Scenes Tour
- Fiesta en el Rio
- Jim McCarty 74th Birthday Bash
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- Pekin Downtown Super Cruise
- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Sightseeing Cruises
- Whitney's Walk
- Getting Wilder with Chip Joyce
- Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria

Jul 30

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- I Heart Juliet
- Pioneer Days
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Illinois Deer & Turkey Expo
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria Municipal Band

Jul 31

- Peoria Chiefs
- Beau Grant Foundation Camp For Kids
- Masterpiece Mondays

Aug 1

- I Heart Juliet
- River City Tour
- Beau Grant Foundation Camp For Kids
- Celebrate Recovery
- Improvised Shakespeare Company

Aug 2

- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Beau Grant Foundation Camp For Kids
- Beginning Line Dance
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Unplugged in the Heights

Aug 3

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Bring It On
- Central Illinois Herpetological
- Whisper & Shout

Aug 4

- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Bring It On
- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Parade
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- The Who's Tommy

Aug 5

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Bring It On
- Lincoln & the Civil War Tour
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Parade
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Roll Out The Barrel Tour
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- The Who's Tommy

Aug 6

- I Heart Juliet
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Bring It On
- First Sunday at Flanagan House
- Parade
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Pettengill Morron House Museum First Sunday
- The Who's Tommy

Aug 7

- Full Moon Stroll
- Masterpiece Mondays
- Parade

Aug 8

- I Heart Juliet
- Celebrate Recovery
- Improvised Shakespeare Company
- Parade

Aug 9

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Beginning Line Dance
- Parade
- Peoria Municipal Band
- The Who's Tommy
- Unplugged in the Heights

Aug 10

- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Parade
- The Who's Tommy

Aug 11

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Parade
- The Who's Tommy

Aug 12

- Shakespeare's Amazing Cymbeline
- Whiskey Baron Run
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Parade
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Roll Out The Barrel Tour
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- The Who's Tommy

Aug 13

- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Old Time Folk and Country Jam
- Peoria Municipal Band

Aug 14

- Masterpiece Mondays

Aug 15

- River City Tour
- Celebrate Recovery

Aug 16

- Tazewell County Animal Control Extended Hours
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Beginning Line Dance
- Unplugged in the Heights

Aug 17

- CEFCU Jazz Series

Aug 18

- Swing is Back
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Aug 19

- Behind the Scenes Tour
- Lincoln & the Civil War Tour
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Roll Out The Barrel Tour
- Sculpture Walk Peoria

Aug 20

- A Midsummer Night's Dream


 
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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