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Events Calendar


May 25

- RiverLife Gospel Lunch Cruise
- The Streets Belong to Me
- 2017 Summer Camp Music Festival
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Encore 2017

May 26

- Guys In Ties
- Louie Louie Parade
- Moonlight Cruise
- 2017 Summer Camp Music Festival
- 4th Friday Tazewell Art Loop
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Celebrate Recovery
- Encore 2017
- Henry Garage Sale Days
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria Area All-Stars
- PreK Pottery

May 27

- Beauty and the Beast
- Bug Life
- Night Paddle and Campfire Dinner
- No Child Wet Behind
- River Run 5K and Fun Run
- Sightseeing Cruise
- YMCA Summer Starter
- Zoofest
- 2017 Summer Camp Music Festival
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Encore 2017
- Henry Garage Sale Days
- International Music, Wine and Craft Beer Festival
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria Area All-Stars
- Peoria RiverFront Market

May 28

- Sightseeing Cruise
- Springdale Cemetery Memorial Day
- 2017 Summer Camp Music Festival
- Encore 2017
- Henry Garage Sale Days
- International Music, Wine and Craft Beer Festival

May 29

- Happy Memorial Day!
- Memorial Day Ceremony
- Music on the Patio
- Springdale Salute 5K Run/1 Mile Walk
- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Henry Garage Sale Days
- Masterpiece Mondays

May 30

- 52nd Annual Rennick Juried Art Show
- Celebrate Recovery
- Peoria Chiefs

May 31

- Peoria Chiefs
- Unplugged in the Heights
- Washington Good Neighbor Days Festival

Jun 1

- Morton Downtown Dining Stroll
- Peoria Chiefs
- Ratt
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Central Illinois Herpetological
- Washington Good Neighbor Days Festival
- Whisper & Shout

Jun 2

- Moonlight Cruise
- STEAM Movie Series
- Stephanie Aaron
- The Boat Drunks
- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- My Fair Lady
- River City Tour
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Sightseeing Cruise
- The Little Mermaid Jr
- Washington Good Neighbor Days Festival

Jun 3

- Drop In
- Chippendales
- Concert in the Vineyard
- Hummingbirds Return to Illinois
- Jubilation
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- Peoria Zero K
- Prime Rib Dinner
- Roll Out The Barrel Tour
- Sightseeing Cruise
- The Dave Matthews Tribute Band
- Main Fine Arts Festival
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- My Fair Lady
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Sightseeing Cruise
- The Little Mermaid Jr
- Washington Good Neighbor Days Festival
- WWII Comes Alive

Jun 4

- Peoria Municipal Band
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Main Fine Arts Festival
- First Sunday at Flanagan House
- My Fair Lady
- Pettengill Morron House Museum First Sunday
- The Little Mermaid Jr
- Washington Good Neighbor Days Festival
- WWII Comes Alive

Jun 5

- Masterpiece Mondays
- My Fair Lady

Jun 6

- Ben's Bubble Show
- UnityPoint Wellmobile
- Celebrate Recovery
- My Fair Lady
- Peoria Chiefs

Jun 7

- CDL Training Course
- RiverLife Lunch Cruise
- My Fair Lady
- Peoria Chiefs
- Unplugged in the Heights

Jun 8

- Kick Off for 29th Annual Duck Race
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Matt Iseman
- My Fair Lady
- Peoria Chiefs

Jun 9

- Full Moon Stroll
- Moonlight Cruise
- Night of Hope
- Peoria Chiefs
- STEAM Movie Series
- Broadway Backwards
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Matt Iseman
- My Fair Lady
- River City Tour
- Sightseeing Cruise

Jun 10

- Bowling for Rhinos
- Concert in Alpha Park
- Concert in the Vinyard
- Drop In
- Over the Edge Peoria - Peoria Friendship House
- Peoria Chiefs
- River City Jazz & Art Festival
- RIVER CITY UNITE FEST
- Super Hero Day
- Broadway Backwards
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Matt Iseman
- My Fair Lady
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Sommerfest Rock'n Wurst Saturday

Jun 11

- Community Block Party
- Peoria Chiefs
- Sightseeing Cruise
- SMD & The Underground
- Star War Day at the Zoo
- Broadway Backwards
- Old Time Folk and Country Jam
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Sommerfest Rock'n Wurst Saturday

Jun 12

- Peoria Chiefs
- Masterpiece Mondays

Jun 13

- Celebrate Recovery

Jun 14

- Sightseeing Cruise
- Unplugged in the Heights

Jun 15

- UnityPoint Wellmobile
- Dustin Ybarra
- Sightseeing Cruise

Jun 16

- Jake Owen
- Moonlight Cruise
- Peoria Chiefs
- Sightseeing Cruise
- STEAM Movie Series
- Celebrate Recovery
- Dustin Ybarra
- Howlin' on Water Dueling Pianos
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- River City Tour
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Jun 17

- All American Girl Day
- Behind the Scenes Tour
- Central IL Stars of Hope Walk
- David Blaine Live
- Delavan Cruise-In
- Drop In
- Morton Night with the Peoria Chiefs
- Ride for the Cure
- Sightseeing Cruise
- SMD & The Underground
- Dustin Ybarra
- Howlin' on Water Dueling Pianos
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Roll Out The Barrel Tour

Jun 18

- Father's Day Lunch Cruise
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria Municipal Band

Jun 19

- Masterpiece Mondays

Jun 20

- In this Moment
- Walk to Defeat ALS Kick-off
- Celebrate Recovery

Jun 21

- Sightseeing Cruise
- Tazewell County Animal Control Extended Hours
- Unplugged in the Heights

Jun 22

- Arts in the Park Concert
- Sightseeing Cruise

Jun 23

- Sightseeing Cruise
- STEAM Movie Series
- 4th Friday Tazewell Art Loop
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- River City Tour
- Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jun 24

- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Naughty to Nice Tour
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Roll Out The Barrel Tour
- Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Jun 25

- Peoria Municipal Band
- Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike


 
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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