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Events Calendar


Apr 25

- Hard Bop Jazz Band
- Starting a Business in Illinois
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Celebrate Recovery
- Congressional Art Show
- Money Smart Week 2017

Apr 26

- Signs of Child Abuse
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Congressional Art Show
- Ghost the Musical
- Money Smart Week 2017
- Unplugged in the Heights

Apr 27

- Customer Appreciation Open House
- Cybersecurity
- Lewis Black
- Peoria Chiefs
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Congressional Art Show
- Ghost the Musical
- Maronzio Vance
- Money Smart Week 2017
- Twelfth Night

Apr 28

- Clue-less
- Howlin' on Water Dueling Pianos
- Magic Men Live
- Peoria Chiefs
- Annual Spring Plant Sale
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Caps and Gowns
- Celebrate Recovery
- Congressional Art Show
- Ghost the Musical
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Maronzio Vance
- Money Smart Week 2017
- Twelfth Night

Apr 29

- Behind the Scenes Tour
- Chris Stapleton
- Girl Scouts Informational Meeting
- Healthy Kids Day
- Heroic Spirit
- Howlin' on Water Dueling Pianos
- March for Babies
- Peoria Chiefs
- Soldier Dash
- Space Graffiti
- Annual Spring Plant Sale
- Bison Blessing Pow Wow
- Caps and Gowns
- Civil War Spring Drill
- Ghost the Musical
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Maronzio Vance
- Money Smart Week 2017
- Romeo and Juliet
- Twelfth Night

Apr 30

- Celtic Woman
- HUMANe Race
- Open Mic Afternoon
- Peoria Chiefs
- Annual Spring Plant Sale
- Bison Blessing Pow Wow
- Caps and Gowns
- Civil War Spring Drill
- Jazz Vespers Services
- Romeo and Juliet

May 1

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Masterpiece Mondays

May 2

- Easterseals Fashion Show
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Celebrate Recovery

May 3

- ICC Concert Band
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Unplugged in the Heights

May 4

- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Central Illinois Herpetological
- Whisper & Shout

May 5

- Cinco de Kilo 5K and Fiesta
- Lorrie Morgan and Joe Diffie
- Moonlight Cruise
- The Derel Monteith Trio
- 2017 Mohammed Shrine Circus
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Billy Elliot the Musical
- Brats for the Cure
- Celebrate Recovery
- Celebrating 35 Years of Music
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

May 6

- Breakfast with the Red River Hogs
- Jason Isbell
- Kid's Club
- Sightseeing Cruise
- 2017 Mohammed Shrine Circus
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Billy Elliot the Musical
- Brats for the Cure
- Celebrating 35 Years of Music
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen

May 7

- Philharmonic Chorale
- Sightseeing Cruise
- 2017 Mohammed Shrine Circus
- Billy Elliot the Musical
- Brats for the Cure
- First Sunday at Flanagan House
- Jazz Vespers Services
- Pettengill Morron House Museum First Sunday

May 8

- Peoria Chiefs
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Masterpiece Mondays

May 9

- Peoria Chiefs
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Celebrate Recovery

May 10

- JA Stock Market Challenge
- Peoria Chiefs
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Unplugged in the Heights

May 11

- Zootini
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Billy Elliot the Musical
- Liza Treyger
- Peoria Chiefs

May 12

- Eric Church
- Moonlight Cruise
- Motionless in White
- Wine and Cheese Under the Stars
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Billy Elliot the Musical
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Liza Treyger
- Neil Simon's Rumors
- Peoria Chiefs

May 13

- Bark for Life Fundraiser 2017
- National Train Day
- Pampered on the Prairie
- Race for the Cure
- Sightseeing Cruise
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Billy Elliot the Musical
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Liza Treyger
- Neil Simon's Rumors
- Peoria Chiefs

May 14

- Masterpiece Painting Class
- Mother's Day at Wildlife Prairie Park
- Mother's Day Cruise
- Prairie Wind Ensemble
- Billy Elliot the Musical
- Jazz Vespers Services
- Neil Simon's Rumors
- Old Time Folk and Country Jam

May 15

- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Masterpiece Mondays

May 16

- Chevelle
- Heart of Illinois Chorus
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Celebrate Recovery

May 17

- Newcomers' Club of Greater Peoria Luncheon
- Tazewell County Animal Control Extended Hours
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Unplugged in the Heights

May 18

- An Evening with Olivia Newton-John
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Drew Lynch
- Peoria Chiefs

May 19

- Howlin' on Water Dueling Pianos
- Skillet and Alter Bridge
- Tasting Cruise
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Celebrate Recovery
- Drew Lynch
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria Chiefs
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

May 20

- Behind the Scenes Tour
- Delavan Cruise-In
- Howlin' on Water Dueling Pianos
- Jim Breuer and The Loud & Rowdy
- Muscle on Main Strongman Contest
- Nelly
- New World
- Sightseeing Cruise
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Drew Lynch
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria RiverFront Market

May 21

- Grand Tour of Homes
- Peoria Chiefs
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Jazz Vespers Services

May 22

- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Masterpiece Mondays

May 23

- Dixieland Lunch Cruise
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Celebrate Recovery

May 24

- Early Detection Matters
- Red Sun Rising
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Unplugged in the Heights

May 25

- RiverLife Gospel Lunch Cruise
- 2017 Summer Camp Music Festival
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show


 
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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