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Events Calendar


Mar 26

- I Believe
- Marchoberfest
- Michael Jr. Comedy Show
- Arthritis Walk KickOff
- Budding Artists
- Cubs vs. Cardinals The Rivalry
- Disney On Ice
- Jazz Vespers Services
- Jurassic Quest

Mar 27

- Budding Artists
- Masterpiece Mondays

Mar 28

- Central Illinois Business Hall of Fame
- Budding Artists
- Celebrate Recovery

Mar 29

- Budding Artists
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Mar 30

- Emerging Leaders
- Budding Artists
- Jackie Kashian
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Mar 31

- Howlin' on Water Dueling Pianos
- Peoria Rivermen
- SMDuo at Oliver's Heights
- Theresa Caputo Live
- Celebrate Recovery
- HAAQG Annual Quilt Show
- Jackie Kashian
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Apr 1

- Howlin' on Water Dueling Pianos
- Kansas Leftoverture
- Pekin Business Showcases & Kids Experience
- Peoria Rivermen
- Polka Time Dinner Dance
- Senior Spelling Bee
- Tabletop Terrariums
- Why is Dieting So Hard?
- HAAQG Annual Quilt Show
- Jackie Kashian
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood
- Trivia Game Night

Apr 2

- Black Stone Cherry
- Cardinals v. Cubs vs 2017 Peoria Chiefs Opening Day Party
- Peoria Rivermen
- First Sunday at Flanagan House
- Jazz Vespers Services
- Pettengill Morron House Museum First Sunday
- The Mystery of Edwin Drood
- Thirsty Thursday

Apr 3

- Masterpiece Mondays

Apr 4

- America's Entry into WWI
- Riverdance
- Art Show
- Celebrate Recovery
- Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival

Apr 5

- Rocktopia
- Art Show
- Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival

Apr 6

- Chase Rice
- Neighborhood House Food Fight
- Art Show
- Central Illinois Herpetological
- Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival
- Whisper & Shout

Apr 7

- An Evening of J. S. Bach - Keyboard Concertos with Orchestra
- Blues for a Cause 2017
- Brantley Gilbert
- David Nail with Brooke Eden & Charlie Walker
- First Friday Jazz Night in The Broadway Lounge
- Art Show
- Celebrate Recovery
- Central Illinois Auto Show
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- The Sleeping Beauty

Apr 8

- 2017 VIP Easter Egg Hunt
- CASA Human Foosball Tournament
- Eggs on the Prairie
- Flapjack Fundraiser
- Genealogy Day
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria Rivermen
- Quest Throwback Prom
- Rock n Roll Trivia Night
- St. Jude Rides Sporting Clays Event
- Art Show
- Central Illinois Auto Show
- Knox-Rootabaga Jazz Festival
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- The Sleeping Beauty

Apr 9

- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria Rivermen
- Central Illinois Auto Show
- Jazz Vespers Services
- Old Time Folk and Country Jam

Apr 10

- Peoria Chiefs
- Art Show
- Easter Break Escape
- Masterpiece Mondays

Apr 11

- Peoria Chiefs
- Art Show
- Celebrate Recovery
- Easter Break Escape
- Pekin Passion Play 2017

Apr 12

- Lincoln Center Local Free Screenings
- Peoria Chiefs
- Art Show
- Easter Break Escape
- Pekin Passion Play 2017

Apr 13

- Art Show
- Easter Break Escape
- Pekin Passion Play 2017

Apr 14

- Art Show
- Bob Zany
- Celebrate Recovery
- Easter Break Escape
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Pekin Passion Play 2017
- Prairieland Country Opry Show
- Suburbia

Apr 15

- Delavan Cruise In
- Finding Normal
- Art Show
- Bob Zany
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Suburbia

Apr 16

- Happy Easter!
- Pekin Passion Play 2017
- Jazz Vespers Services

Apr 17

- Peoria Chiefs
- Art Show
- Easter Break Escape
- Masterpiece Mondays

Apr 18

- Peoria Chiefs
- Art Show
- Celebrate Recovery
- Suburbia

Apr 19

- Newcomers' Club of Greater Peoria Luncheon
- Peoria Chiefs
- Tazewell County Animal Control Extended Hours
- Art Show
- Suburbia

Apr 20

- Vocal Jazz Ensemble
- Art Show
- Suburbia

Apr 21

- Carol Woods
- Jump, Jive & Swing
- 25th Annual International Beer Festival
- Art Show
- Breathe
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Suburbia

Apr 22

- Military Retiree Appreciation Day
- 25th Annual International Beer Festival
- Art Show
- Breathe
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Suburbia

Apr 23

- An Evening with David Sedaris
- Author Fair & Spring Open House
- Banjovi & Hawkins
- Orpheus Club Spring Concert
- Jazz Vespers Services
- Sporting Clay Shoot
- Suburbia

Apr 24

- 25th Annual Clean Water Celebration
- WWE LIVE
- Art Show
- Masterpiece Mondays

Apr 25

- Hard Bop Jazz Band
- Art Show
- Celebrate Recovery

Apr 26

- Art Show


 
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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