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Events Calendar


Jul 27

- Hamlet
- Illinois Art League Exhibit
- Peoria Municipal Band

Jul 28

- American Girl Party with Molly
- Arts in the Park
- Summerland 2016 Riverfront Concert
- Family Swim Night
- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour
- Illinois Art League Exhibit
- Peter & the Starcatcher

Jul 29

- ICC presents: Family Movie Night
- School of Rock
- Twelfth Night
- Wedding Banned
- Celebrate Recovery
- Illinois Art League Exhibit
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- Sightseeing Cruise

Jul 30

- 12th Annual Miss You Can Do It Pageant
- 15th Annual Backpack Peoria
- 2016 St. Jude Telethon
- Fiesta en el Rio
- Hamlet
- Murder Mystery Cruise
- Nyk's Outrageous Cabaret
- St. Jude Telethon
- Whitney's Walk
- Illinois Art League Exhibit
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Peoria Chiefs
- River City Tour
- RiverFront Market
- Roll Out the Barrel Tour
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruises

Jul 31

- Pioneer Days
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Peter & the Starcatcher
- Sightseeing Cruise

Aug 1

- Celebrate Recovery
- Peoria Chiefs

Aug 2

- Hamlet
- Celebrate Recovery
- Peoria Chiefs

Aug 3

- Peter & the Starcatcher
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria Municipal Band
- School of Rock

Aug 4

- Effective Communication Strategies
- Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour
- Central Illinois Herpetological Society Meeting
- Family Swim Night
- Legally Blonde
- Peoria Chiefs
- School of Rock
- Twelfth Night
- Whisper & Shout

Aug 5

- Hamlet
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Lebanese Redneck Wedding
- Legally Blonde
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Peoria Chiefs
- Roll Out the Barrel Bus Tour
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- School of Rock
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Spitfire Grill
- Tower Park Music Festival

Aug 6

- Douglas Grose Memorial Martial Arts Tournament
- Murder Mystery Cruise
- Peter & the Starcatcher
- Soul Fest
- Lebanese Redneck Wedding
- Legally Blonde
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- River City Tour
- RiverFront Market
- School of Rock
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruises
- Spitfire Grill
- Tower Park Music Festival

Aug 7

- Bratfest and Brews
- Legally Blonde
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Spitfire Grill
- Twelfth Night

Aug 8

- Celebrate Recovery
- Spitfire Grill

Aug 9

- Celebrate Recovery
- Peter & the Starcatcher
- Spitfire Grill

Aug 10

- 35th Annual Taste of Peoria
- Hamlet
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Spitfire Grill

Aug 11

- Sister Hazel Headlines Limelight Eventplex
- Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour
- Illinois State Fair
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peter & the Starcatcher
- Spitfire Grill

Aug 12

- Angela Jackson and Friends Cabaret
- Grand Nationals
- Happy Art with Peoria Autism Society
- Twelfth Night
- Celebrate Recovery
- Illinois State Fair
- Lion King Jr.
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Peoria Chiefs
- Prairieland Country Opry Show
- Roll Out the Barrel Bus Tour
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Spitfire Grill

Aug 13

- Hamlet
- Ignite Peori
- Peoria Chiefs
- Wizard of Oz Festival Mapleton
- Illinois State Fair
- Lion King Jr.
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- River City Tour
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruises
- Spitfire Grill

Aug 14

- Peoria Chiefs
- Summer Festa Picnic
- Illinois State Fair
- Lion King Jr.
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Sightseeing Cruise

Aug 15

- Celebrate Recovery
- Illinois State Fair
- Peoria Chiefs

Aug 16

- Celebrate Recovery
- Illinois State Fair
- Peoria Chiefs

Aug 17

- Tazewell County Animal Control Extended Hours
- Illinois State Fair
- Newcomers' Club of Greater Peoria Monthly Luncheon
- Peoria Chiefs

Aug 18

- Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour
- Illinois State Fair
- Peoria Chiefs

Aug 19

- Celebrate Recovery
- Howlin' on Water... Dueling Pianos
- Illinois State Fair
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Roll Out the Barrel Bus Tour
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Sightseeing Cruise

Aug 20

- Delavan Cruise In
- Howlin' on Water... Dueling Pianos
- Illinois State Fair
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- River City Tour
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruises

Aug 21

- Illinois State Fair
- Sightseeing Cruise

Aug 22

- Celebrate Recovery

Aug 23

- Celebrate Recovery

Aug 25

- Abraham Lincoln and The Civil War Tour

Aug 26

- Celebrate Recovery
- Erin Feis
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Peoria Chiefs
- Roll Out the Barrel Bus Tour
- Sightseeing Cruise

Aug 27

- Erin Feis
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- Peoria Chiefs
- River City Tour
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria


 
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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