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Events Calendar


Dec 2

- Christmas on Court
- Holiday Lunch Show Cruise
- Holiday Shop and Stroll
- Howlin' on Water... Dueling Pianos
- Wellmobile Screenings
- Ben Bailey
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Community Festival of Nativities
- Conklin's A Doo-Wop Christmas
- Festival of Lights
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Love Letters
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- The Nutcracker
- The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 3

- Bradley Braves Men's Basketball
- Breakfast with Santa
- Breakfast with Santa at the YMCA
- Candy Cane Hunts
- Christmas with the Animals
- Cool Chemistry Demonstrations
- Critter Christmas
- Folepi's Gifts Galore Shop and Stroll
- Holiday Lunch Show Cruise
- Howlin' on Water... Dueling Pianos
- Living with Alzheimer's
- Murder Mystery Cruise
- Peoria Jingle Bell Run
- Santa Train
- Ben Bailey
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Christmas on School Street Craft Show
- Community Festival of Nativities
- Conklin's A Doo-Wop Christmas
- Festival of Lights
- Friends In Harmony Christmas Show
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Love Letters
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Splendor of Christmas Past 2016
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- The Nutcracker
- The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 4

- A Christmas Carol
- Philharmonic Chorale
- What the Dickens
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Conklin's A Doo-Wop Christmas
- Festival of Lights
- Friends In Harmony Christmas Show
- Jazz Vespers
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Love Letters
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Splendor of Christmas Past 2016
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 5

- ICC Music Program presents: ICC Concert Band
- Special Event with Chef Bill More
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Masterpiece Mondays
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 6

- Ralphie May
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Celebrate Recovery
- Festival of Lights
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 7

- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Relax Under the Stars
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 8

- Heartis Village of Peoria grand Opening
- Paris Art Nouveau: Its Chicago Origins
- Russell Dickerson
- Bugsly Malone
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Ian Bagg
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 9

- Childhood Vaccines: Risks and Benefits
- Holiday Lunch Show Cruise
- Lightwire Theater
- Peoria Rivermen
- Bugsly Malone
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Celebrate Recovery
- Festival of Lights
- Holiday Shop and Stroll
- Ian Bagg
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Kickapoo Christmas Dinner Theatre
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Murder Mystery Dinner- A Christmas Gory
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Prairieland Country Opry Show
- Santa's Wildlife Express
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 10

- A Classic Christmas
- Bradley Braves Men's Basketball
- Christmas on the Ghost Front
- Murder Mystery Cruise
- Santa Cause 5K
- The Way Down Wanderers
- Uke309
- 7th Annual Kriskindlmarkt
- Bugsly Malone
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Holiday Shop and Stroll
- Ian Bagg
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Kickapoo Christmas Dinner Theatre
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Murder Mystery Dinner- A Christmas Gory
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Peoria Ballet's The Nutcracker
- Santa's Wildlife Express
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 11

- Breakfast with Santa
- In-Residence at ICC presents: Prairie Wind Ensemble
- Queensryche
- 7th Annual Kriskindlmarkt
- Bugsly Malone
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Jazz Vespers
- Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Murder Mystery Dinner- A Christmas Gory
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Peoria Ballet's The Nutcracker
- Santa's Wildlife Express
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 12

- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Masterpiece Mondays
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 13

- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Celebrate Recovery
- Festival of Lights
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 14

- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics and Culture
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 15

- Love the 90's Tour
- Women's Spa Night at AlignLife
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Toy Drive
- Winterfest

Dec 16

- 105.7-The-X Avantis Nutcracker 2016
- A John Denver Christmas
- Big Band Christmas
- Bradley Braves Men's Basketball
- Holiday Shop and Stroll
- An American Family Christmas
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Celebrate Recovery
- Festival of Lights
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 17

- Home for the Holidays
- Murder Mystery Cruise
- Peoria Rivermen
- Vinyl & Vino
- An American Family Christmas
- Breakfast with Santa
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- The Ultimate Christmas Show (abridged)
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 18

- 2016 Adopt-a-Senior Christmas
- Home for the Holidays
- An American Family Christmas
- Breakfast with Santa
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Jazz Vespers
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 19

- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Masterpiece Mondays
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 20

- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Celebrate Recovery
- Festival of Lights
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 21

- Tazewell County Animal Control Extended Hours
- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 22

- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Festival of Lights
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 23

- Candlelight Walk at Luthy Botanical Garden
- Celebrate Recovery
- Festival of Lights
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 24

- Festival of Lights
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 25

- Festival of Lights
- Jazz Vespers
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 26

- Festival of Lights
- Kwanzaa Display
- Masterpiece Mondays
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 27

- Celebrate Recovery
- Festival of Lights
- Kwanzaa Display
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 28

- Festival of Lights
- Kwanzaa Display
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 29

- Bradley Braves Basketball
- Festival of Lights
- Kwanzaa Display
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 30

- Famous & Funny Comedy Concert
- Kane Brown
- Peoria Rivermen
- Celebrate Recovery
- Festival of Lights
- Kwanzaa Display
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Dec 31

- Howlin' on Water... Dueling Pianos New Year's Eve Bash!
- Julie K's Noon Year's Eve Celebration
- Peoria Rivermen
- Steady Flow
- Festival of Lights
- Kwanzaa Display
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Nature Art Show and Sale
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Jan 1

- Jazz Vespers
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest

Jan 2

- Masterpiece Mondays
- Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition
- Winterfest


 
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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