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Events Calendar


Aug 18

- Barn Dance at Shore Acres Clubhouse
- Behind the Scenes Tour
- CASA Caballos
- Cusack Bros.
- Dexter O'Neal & Funkyard
- India Fest
- No Baloney Bicycle Ride
- Observe the Moon
- Unicorn Day
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Grand Nationals Weekend
- Illinois State Fair
- Jukebox Champions
- Kid's Night Out
- Monuments & Landmarks History Tour
- Naughty to Nice History Tour
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market
- Washington Arts Festival

Aug 19

- Carload Day
- Jazz Nights in the Heights
- Sundae Cruise
- A Midsummer Night's Dream
- Illinois State Fair
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Washington Arts Festival

Aug 21

- Celebrate Recovery
- Sarah Marie Dillard

Aug 23

- Dunlap Days
- Magician Mitch Williams

Aug 24

- Camelot
- Celebrate Recovery
- Dunlap Days
- Fourth Fridays
- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Moonlight Cruise
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria Irish Festival

Aug 25

- Vendor Crafter Health Fair
- Zoo Run Run
- Camelot
- Dunlap Days
- Monuments & Landmarks History Tour
- Naughty to Nice History Tour
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria Irish Festival
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market

Aug 26

- Peoria Chiefs
- Camelot
- Peoria Irish Festival

Aug 27

- Peoria Chiefs
- Camelot

Aug 28

- Camelot
- Celebrate Recovery
- Sarah Marie Dillard

Aug 29

- Camelot
- Peoria Chiefs

Aug 30

- Camelot
- Magician Mitch Williams
- Peoria Chiefs

Aug 31

- Camelot
- Celebrate Recovery
- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Moonlight Cruise
- Peoria Blues Heritage Music Festival
- Peoria Chiefs

Sep 1

- Camelot
- Peoria Blues Heritage Music Festival
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market

Sep 4

- Celebrate Recovery
- Sarah Marie Dillard

Sep 6

- Central Illinois Herpetological
- Magician Mitch Williams
- Whisper & Shout

Sep 7

- Ruth: The Musical
- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Moonlight Cruise
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Sep 8

- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market

Sep 9

- Ruth: The Musical
- Old Time Folk and Country Jam

Sep 10

- 2nd Fridays in Peoria Heights

Sep 11

- Celebrate Recovery
- Sarah Marie Dillard

Sep 13

- Magician Mitch Williams

Sep 14

- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Moonlight Cruise

Sep 15

- Kid's Night Out
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market

Sep 18

- Celebrate Recovery
- Sarah Marie Dillard


 
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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