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Events Calendar


Jan 20

- Howlin' on Water Dueling Pianos
- ParmaLee
- Peoria Rivermen
- Terry Grawey
- An Evening of One Acts
- Big Fish Musical by Dunlap High School
- Celebrate Recovery
- Costaki Economopoulos
- Elegant Bridal Expo
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Jan 21

- I've Decided Motivational Conference
- Author Fair
- Paint, Drink & Be Merry
- Peoria Kids Fest
- Rivermen with Special Guest Ben Zobrist
- Snowball Masquerade
- World Championship I.C.E. Racing
- Yoga Under the Stars
- An Evening of One Acts
- Big Fish Musical by Dunlap High School
- Costaki Economopoulos
- Elegant Bridal Expo
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen

Jan 22

- Central Illinois Jazz Society Concert
- Jamie Harroun Memorial Benefit
- My Heart's Home
- PSO - Gershwin Matinee
- Big Fish Musical by Dunlap High School
- Jazz Vespers Services

Jan 23

- Paint, Drink & Be Merry
- Masterpiece Mondays

Jan 24

- Effective Communication Strategies: Alzheimer's & Dementia
- Celebrate Recovery

Jan 27

- All-State Jazz Night Concert
- Blackberry Smoke-Like An Arrow Tour
- Chained Melody
- Paint, Drink & Be Merry
- Titanic Trivia Night in the Dome
- Celebrate Recovery
- Heywood Banks
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen

Jan 28

- All-State & All-State Honors Concerts
- Amy Thomason Uncharted
- Cabin Fever with JAMMSAMMICH
- Corks and Crossroads
- Frosty 5K and Dog Walk
- Go Cubs Go
- Miss Flo's 4th Annual Cabaret
- Heywood Banks
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen

Jan 29

- Bradley Braves Men's Basketball
- Winterfest at the Lindenhof
- Jazz Vespers Services

Jan 30

- Masterpiece Mondays

Jan 31

- Celebrate Recovery

Feb 2

- Groundhog Day Event
- Central Illinois Herpetological Society Meeting
- Jessica Michelle Singleton
- Whisper & Shout

Feb 3

- Peoria Rivermen
- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Into the Woods
- Jessica Michelle Singleton
- Just Desserts
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Feb 4

- Bradley Braves Men's Basketball
- No Regrets - Men's Conference
- Peoria Rivermen
- Rodney Carrington
- Into the Woods
- Jessica Michelle Singleton
- Just Desserts
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen

Feb 5

- Cabbage Roll Extravaganza
- Into the Woods
- Jazz Vespers Services

Feb 6

- Masterpiece Mondays

Feb 7

- Celebrate Recovery

Feb 8

- Bradley Braves Men's Basketball

Feb 9

- Talk by Matt de la Pena
- X-treme International Ice Racing
- Into the Woods

Feb 10

- Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
- Celebrate Recovery
- Into the Woods
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Murder Mystery Dinner
- Prairieland Country Opry Show

Feb 11

- Justin Moore & Lee Brice: American Made Tour
- Peoria Symphony Orchestra: Romance
- Romance at the Zoo
- The Business of Art
- Wild About Love
- Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
- Into the Woods
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Murder Mystery Dinner

Feb 12

- Lincoln's Birthday Celebration
- Masterpiece Painting Class at the Vineyard
- Winter Jam Tour Spectacular 2017
- Into the Woods
- Jazz Vespers Services
- Old Time Folk and Country Jam

Feb 13

- Masterpiece Mondays

Feb 14

- Celebrate Recovery

Feb 15

- The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's
- Tazewell County Animal Control Extended Hours
- Metamora Thespian Society Dinner Theatre

Feb 16

- Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
- Metamora Thespian Society Dinner Theatre

Feb 17

- Peoria Rivermen
- Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Loni Love
- Metamora Thespian Society Dinner Theatre
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Feb 18

- Bradley Braves Men's Basketball
- Painting a Winter Scene
- Peoria Rivermen
- Trivia Game Night
- Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Loni Love
- Metamora Thespian Society Dinner Theatre

Feb 19

- Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood
- Peoria Rivermen
- Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson
- Jazz Vespers Services

Feb 20

- Masterpiece Mondays


 
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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