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Events Calendar


Jul 17

- As You Like It
- All Star Basketball Camp
- Heart of Illinois Fair
- Ragtime The Musical

Jul 18

- Caesar
- The Music Man
- All Star Basketball Camp
- GI Jukebox
- Heart of Illinois Fair
- Ragtime The Musical

Jul 19

- As You Like It
- Crime Stopper Sports Auction
- Meats N' Music
- GI Jukebox
- Heart of Illinois Fair
- Live at the Five Spot
- Moonlight Cruise
- Ragtime The Musical
- River City Tour
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Tailgate 'N Tallboys

Jul 20

- Birthday Bash and Block Party
- Bubblegum Jack
- CrossFit Competition
- Murder Mystery Dinner
- Pride and Prejudice
- Canton Farmer's Market
- GI Jukebox
- Heart of Illinois Fair
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- Ragtime The Musical
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Tailgate 'N Tallboys
- Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market

Jul 21

- Annual Corn Boil
- Art and Wine Festival
- Caesar
- Central Illinois Jazz Society
- St. Jude Shrimp and Corn Boil
- GI Jukebox
- Heart of Illinois Fair
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Sightseeing Cruise

Jul 23

- Caesar

Jul 24

- As You Like It

Jul 25

- The Plastic Cup Boyz
- Tom Marko's Inner Light
- As You Like It
- GI Jukebox

Jul 26

- Family Trivia Night
- Fiddler on the Roof Jr.
- Heartache Tonight
- Pride and Prejudice
- The Plastic Cup Boyz
- Tom Segura
- Fourth Fridays
- GI Jukebox
- Live at the Five Spot
- Moonlight Cruise
- River City Tour
- Summer Harvest Antique Tractor & Equipment Show

Jul 27

- As You Like It
- Fiesta en el Rio
- Peoria Chiefs
- Summer Jam
- Water Lantern Festival Peoria
- Whitney's Walk
- Canton Farmer's Market
- GI Jukebox
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Summer Harvest Antique Tractor & Equipment Show
- Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market

Jul 28

- Caesar
- Peoria Chiefs
- GI Jukebox
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Sightseeing Cruise

Jul 29

- Peoria Chiefs

Jul 30

- Peoria Chiefs
- Pride and Prejudice

Jul 31

- Peoria Chiefs
- Pride and Prejudice

Aug 1

- As You Like It
- Sightseeing Cruise
- GI Jukebox
- Peoria Chiefs

Aug 2

- Just Nesh
- Pride and Prejudice
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- GI Jukebox
- Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Moonlight Cruise
- Peoria Chiefs
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Sightseeing Cruise
- The Robber Bridegroom

Aug 3

- Brick's Night Out
- Caesar
- Just Nesh
- Peoria's Notable Women Tour
- Phannie Rae & The Soul Shakers
- River City Pride Festival
- St Jude Telethon
- The Pimps with NIL8 and Taxi War Dance
- The Whiskey Trust
- Well Fest
- Canton Farmer's Market
- GI Jukebox
- Lincoln and the Civil War Tour
- Murder Mystery Dinner
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruise
- The Robber Bridegroom
- Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market

Aug 4

- Bratfest
- GI Jukebox
- The Robber Bridegroom

Aug 5

- The Robber Bridegroom

Aug 6

- As You Like It
- The Robber Bridegroom

Aug 7

- Back to the 80's
- Glenn Miller Concert
- Pride and Prejudice
- Relax Under the Stars
- Sightseeing Cruise
- The Robber Bridegroom

Aug 8

- Harry Tonchev Trio
- GI Jukebox
- Pride and Prejudice
- The Robber Bridegroom

Aug 9

- As You Like It
- Fundraiser Dinner Theatre
- River City Soul Fest
- Rock The Farm
- 2nd Fridays in Peoria Heights
- GI Jukebox
- Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Moonlight Cruise
- Sightseeing Cruise
- The Robber Bridegroom

Aug 10

- An Evening with Nathan Sawaya
- Caesar
- Ignite Peoria
- Peoria Chiefs
- Whiskey's Gone
- Canton Farmer's Market
- GI Jukebox
- Lincoln and the Civil War Tour
- Murder Mystery Dinner
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruise
- The Robber Bridegroom
- Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market

Aug 11

- 90th Festa
- Peoria Chiefs
- GI Jukebox
- Old Time Folk and Country Jam

Aug 12

- Peoria Chiefs

Aug 13

- Art Club

Aug 14

- Taste of Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruise

Aug 15

- Kari Jobe
- God's Power for Broken Leaders

Aug 16

- Charlie Hayes
- Dueling Pianos
- Pin Up Competition
- God's Power for Broken Leaders
- Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Moonlight Cruise
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Sightseeing Cruise

Aug 17

- Champaign Freight
- India Fest
- Peoria Chiefs
- Canton Farmer's Market
- Lincoln and the Civil War Tour
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market


 
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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