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Events Calendar


Sep 29

- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetary Tour
- Jimmy Shubert
- Mr. Burns

Sep 30

- Blues Traveler
- Museum After Dark: Cosmic Cocktails
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- Nyk's Outrageous Cabaret
- The House of Blue Leaves
- Treble in River City Trivia
- Celebrate Recovery
- Forever Plaid
- Jimmy Shubert
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Mr. Burns
- The Music Man

Oct 1

- Dubby Janosov Memorial Night Golf
- Green View's Annual Fall Festival
- Groundbreaking Ceremony for "Final Salute"
- HOIDSA Buddy Walk
- Mud Mayhem
- One-on-One Genealogy Digital Resource Assistance
- Sacha's Sashay 5K Run/Walk
- Share the Blessings Dinner and Auction
- Skillet
- Space Graffiti
- Spirit of Peoria Overnight Cruise
- Super Hero Cape Workshop
- The House of Blue Leaves
- Forever Plaid
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours
- Jimmy Shubert
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Mr. Burns
- Pekin Haunt
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Spider Hill
- Spoon River Drive
- The Music Man

Oct 2

- Drop-in Drawing
- Music in the McKenzie
- Schlachtfest
- The House of Blue Leaves
- Walk to End Alzheimer's
- Woofstock 2016
- Forever Plaid
- Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours
- Jazz Vespers
- Mr. Burns
- Spoon River Drive
- The Music Man

Oct 3

- Masterpiece Mondays

Oct 4

- Bradley Appreciation Breakfast
- Celebrate Recovery

Oct 5

- Bradley Appreciation Lunch
- Senior Safety Fair

Oct 6

- Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Central Illinois Herpetological Society Meeting
- Thirsty Thursday
- Whisper & Shout

Oct 7

- Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours
- An Evening with the Gaither Vocal Band
- CAC Resident Artists
- Date Night for a Cure
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Celebrate Recovery
- Chinquapin Music & Storytelling Festival
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- Howl-Zoo-Ween
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Pekin Haunt
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- School of Rock
- Spider Hill
- The Music Man

Oct 8

- Dala Horse Painting Workshop
- International Moon Night
- Sightseeing Cruise
- UNDY 5K for Colon Cancer
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Chinquapin Music & Storytelling Festival
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours
- Howl-Zoo-Ween
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Pekin Haunt
- School of Rock
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Spider Hill
- Spoon River Drive
- The Music Man

Oct 9

- Bark in the Park
- Pride of Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Wheels O' Time Museum Fall Festival
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Historic Springdale Cemetery Tours
- Jazz Vespers
- School of Rock
- Spoon River Drive
- Thirsty Thursday

Oct 10

- Peoria to Starved Rock Cruise
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Masterpiece Mondays

Oct 11

- 50 Rock Little Shop of Horrors
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Celebrate Recovery

Oct 12

- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders

Oct 13

- Bradley Basketball Spaghetti Supper
- Building the NMAAH&C
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Disney's The Little Mermaid
- School of Rock
- Thirsty Thursday

Oct 14

- Get Tricked 2.0
- Prairie Wind Ensemble
- Uncorked!
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Celebrate Recovery
- Disney's The Little Mermaid
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Pekin Haunt
- Prairieland Country Opry Show
- School of Rock
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow

Oct 15

- 38th Annual Beta Sigma Phi Craft Show
- Chili Cook Off & Bags Tournament
- Life, Boomers & Seniors Expo
- Mozart Masterpieces
- Museum Antigue Fire Engine
- Running with the Dogs
- Spin-In Fiber Fair
- St. Jude Metamora Community Fall Fest
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Disney's The Little Mermaid
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Pekin Haunt
- Punkin Chuckin Contest
- School of Rock
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow

Oct 16

- Central Illinois Jazz Society Concert
- Disney's The Little Mermaid
- PNC Bank Peoria Marathon
- Winetoberfest
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Jazz Brunch Fundraiser
- Jazz Vespers
- Punkin Chuckin Contest
- School of Rock
- Thirsty Thursday

Oct 17

- Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Masterpiece Mondays

Oct 18

- ICC Music Program presents: Jazz Train
- Octonauts Live
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Celebrate Recovery
- Manito Volkswalk and Art Bazaar

Oct 19

- An Evening with Garrison Keillor
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Tazewell County Animal Control Extended Hours
- Newcomers' Club of Greater Peoria Monthly Luncheon

Oct 20

- Hayrides and Hotdogs
- JA Scares and Spares Bowl-a-Thon
- Zoo Brew & Wine Too
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Ethnic Food Festival
- Thirsty Thursday

Oct 21

- Greg Batton's Comedy Camp
- Scarborough Fair
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Celebrate Recovery
- Ethnic Food Festival
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- It's Only a Play
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Pekin Haunt
- Rivermen
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk

Oct 22

- Michael Carbonaro
- Peoria State Hospital Cemetery Walk
- PSO - Prodigies
- Sightseeing Cruise
- The Stor(ies) of You and Me
- Windy City Dueling Pianos
- Women's Lifestyle Show
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Behind the Scenes Tour at Peoria Zoo
- Ethnic Food Festival
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- It's Only a Play
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Pekin Haunt
- Rivermen
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk

Oct 23

- Open Mic at the Vineyard
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- 10th Annual Peoria Autism Walk
- It's Only a Play
- Jazz Vespers
- Thirsty Thursday
- Wildlife Scary Park

Oct 24

- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Masterpiece Mondays

Oct 25

- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Celebrate Recovery

Oct 26

- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Wicked

Oct 27

- Hayrides and Hotdogs
- Living with Alzheimer's: For Caregivers - Late Stage
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- It's Only a Play
- Thirsty Thursday
- Wicked

Oct 28

- Central Illinois Ballet presents Dracula
- Halloween Live at the Five Spot
- Murder Mystery Dinner
- Nyk's Outrageous Cabaret
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Celebrate Recovery
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- It's Only a Play
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Pekin Haunt
- Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- Wicked
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk

Oct 29

- Dracula
- New Hope's Fall Market
- Pumpkin Bash
- Hogwarts Garden of Botanical Wonders
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- It's Only a Play
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Pekin Haunt
- Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- Wicked
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk


 
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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