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Events Calendar


Aug 28

- 10th Annual Grape Stomp
- Erin Feis
- Meteorites: Touch Another World
- Open House and BBQ Lunch
- Peoria Chiefs
- Pioneer Days
- Drop-in Drawing
- Gems Annual Quilt Show
- Hanna City Heritage Days
- Memphis
- Never Forget Exhibit

Aug 29

- Peoria Chiefs
- Memphis
- Never Forget Exhibit

Aug 30

- Celebrate Recovery
- Memphis

Aug 31

- Peoria Chiefs
- Memphis

Sep 1

- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetary Tour
- 3rd Annual Butterfly Photo Contest
- Butterflies in the Library
- Central Illinois Herpetological Society Meeting
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!
- Memphis
- Peoria Chiefs
- Whisper & Shout

Sep 2

- Naughty to Nice Tour
- Peoria Blues Heritage Music Festival
- 15th Annual Comedy Tournament
- 3rd Annual Butterfly Photo Contest
- Butterflies in the Library
- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Memphis
- Moonlight Cruise
- Peoria Chiefs
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Sep 3

- Peoria Blues and Heritage Music Festival
- Roll Out The Barrel Tour
- 15th Annual Comedy Tournament
- 3rd Annual Butterfly Photo Contest
- Butterflies in the Library
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Memphis
- River City Tour
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria

Sep 4

- Friedrichshafen Youth Orchestra
- Mackinaw Valley Winery Annual Grape Stomp
- 3rd Annual Butterfly Photo Contest
- Butterflies in the Library
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Sep 5

- Happy Labor Day!
- Labor Day Picnic
- Music on the Patio: Stewart's Goose
- 3rd Annual Butterfly Photo Contest
- Butterflies in the Library
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Sep 6

- 3rd Annual Butterfly Photo Contest
- Butterflies in the Library
- Celebrate Recovery
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Sep 7

- 3rd Annual Butterfly Photo Contest
- Butterflies in the Library
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Sep 8

- Bags for Wags Bags Tournament
- Dogs on a Cat Walk Dog Pageant
- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetary Tour
- 2016 Pekin Marigold Festival
- 3rd Annual Butterfly Photo Contest
- Butterflies in the Library
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!
- Peoria Chiefs

Sep 9

- Naughty to Nice Tour
- 2016 Pekin Marigold Festival
- 3rd Annual Butterfly Photo Contest
- Butterflies in the Library
- Celebrate Recovery
- Disney's Beauty & the Beast
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Mossville Fall Festival & The Hayloft's Art Fair
- Peoria Chiefs
- Prairieland Country Opry Show
- Saturday Night Fever the Musical

Sep 10

- CASA Human Foosball Tournament
- Concert in the Vineyard: Biscuits and Gravy Band
- Goodwill's Forward March and Run
- KISS Summer Goodbye Bash
- Roll Out the Barrel Bus Tour
- The Avett Brothers
- 2016 Pekin Marigold Festival
- Butterflies in the Library
- Cat Show
- Disney's Beauty & the Beast
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Mossville Fall Festival & The Hayloft's Art Fair
- River City Tour
- RiverFront Market
- Saturday Night Fever the Musical
- Sculpture Walk Peoria

Sep 11

- Mossville Fall Festival and Art Fair
- Walk MS Illinois
- Wildlife Prairie Park - Kim St. John Butterfly Release and Brunch
- 2016 Pekin Marigold Festival
- Butterflies in the Library
- Cat Show
- Disney's Beauty & the Beast
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!
- Saturday Night Fever the Musical

Sep 12

- Butterflies in the Library
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Sep 13

- Butterflies in the Library
- Celebrate Recovery
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Sep 14

- History of the Peoria State Hospital
- Social Security Check-Up Seminar
- 50th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival
- Butterflies in the Library
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!
- Saturday Night Fever the Musical

Sep 15

- Blake Shelton
- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetary Tour
- 50th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival
- Butterflies in the Library
- Disney's Beauty & the Beast
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!
- Saturday Night Fever the Musical

Sep 16

- Naughty to Nice Tour
- Oktoberfest
- Steve Miller Band
- 50th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival
- Butterflies in the Library
- Celebrate Recovery
- Disney's Beauty & the Beast
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Saturday Night Fever the Musical

Sep 17

- Comedy Hypnosis Stage Show
- Concert in the Vineyard: Sweetwater
- Oktoberfest
- Roll Out the Barrel Bus Tour
- 50th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival
- Butterflies in the Library
- Delavan Cruise In
- Disney's Beauty & the Beast
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- River City Tour
- RiverFront Market
- Saturday Night Fever the Musical
- Sculpture Walk Peoria

Sep 18

- Fifth Annual Das Bier Run!
- Master Painting Class at the Vineyard
- Oktoberfest
- Butterflies in the Library
- Disney's Beauty & the Beast
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Sep 19

- Butterflies in the Library
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Sep 20

- Butterflies in the Library
- Celebrate Recovery
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Sep 21

- Tazewell County Animal Control Extended Hours
- Butterflies in the Library
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!
- Newcomers' Club of Greater Peoria Monthly Luncheon

Sep 22

- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetary Tour
- Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
- Butterflies in the Library
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Sep 23

- ICC Theatre Program Presents: The House of Blue Leaves
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- Butterflies in the Library
- Celebrate Recovery
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Moonlight Cruise

Sep 24

- 14th Annual Mark Linder Walk for the Mind
- Concert in the Vineyard: Spring Creek Station
- Fine Art Fair
- ICC Theatre Program Presents: The House of Blue Leaves
- Mulligans for Miracles Golf Outing
- Roll Out the Barrel Bus Tour
- 9th Annual Strides for Justice 5K
- Butterflies in the Library
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- River City Tour
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria

Sep 25

- Fine Art Fair
- ICC Theatre Program presents: The House of Blue Leaves
- Magical Moments with Mitch Williams
- Pioneer Days 2016
- Butterflies in the Library
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Sep 26

- Butterflies in the Library
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Sep 27

- Butterflies in the Library
- Celebrate Recovery
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!

Sep 28

- ADDWC 2nd Annual Going Green Golf Tournament
- Korn
- The Basics, Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease
- Butterflies in the Library
- Happy 100th Birthday, Roald Dahl!


 
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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