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Events Calendar


Feb 24

- A Night of Magic & Comedy
- Head East
- Peoria Rivermen
- Positive Health Solutions Fundraiser
- Teen Night: Titanic Murder Mystery
- The Head and The Heart
- 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale
- Alingon Mitra
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Official Spring Home Show
- The Bone House
- These Shining Lives

Feb 25

- Jamey Johnson
- Mardi Gras - Fasching Ball
- Peoria Area Ducks Unlimited
- Terry Grawey Hypnohumorist
- Thomas Rhett: Home Team Tour 2017
- Trivia Game Night
- 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale
- Alingon Mitra
- Author Tayari Jones
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Official Spring Home Show
- The Bone House
- These Shining Lives

Feb 26

- Angela Brown in Concert
- Peoria Rivermen
- 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale
- Jazz Vespers Services
- Official Spring Home Show
- The Bone House
- These Shining Lives

Feb 27

- 119th Annual Washington Day Banquet
- Masterpiece Mondays

Feb 28

- Essential Oils- Romance is in the Air
- Celebrate Recovery

Mar 1

- Elmo Makes Music
- Fundraiser to Benefit Sterling Middle School PTO

Mar 2

- Peoria Area Regional College Fair @ Bradley University
- Wine & Whiskers
- Central Illinois Herpetological
- Damien Lemon
- Pettengill-Morron Home Tours
- These Shining Lives
- Thirsty Thursday
- Whisper & Shout

Mar 3

- A Musical Masquerade
- Get the Led Out
- Peoria Rivermen
- The Todd Kelly Quintet
- 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale
- A Man For All Seasons
- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Damien Lemon
- GoodSkills Healthy Relationships
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- The Bone House
- These Shining Lives

Mar 4

- Civil War Tech
- Peoria Rivermen
- Sunny Day Champs & Cheerleaders
- 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale
- A Man For All Seasons
- Damien Lemon
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise
- The Bone House
- These Shining Lives

Mar 5

- An Evening with Joe George with SMD & The Underground
- Peoria Rivermen
- 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale
- First Sunday at Flanagan House
- Jazz Vespers Services
- Pettengill Morron House Museum First Sunday
- The Bone House

Mar 6

- Chef Amanda Pyle presents Spring Recipes
- Joe Bonamassa
- WrestleMania
- Masterpiece Mondays

Mar 7

- Celebrate Recovery

Mar 8

- Mamma Mia
- Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise

Mar 9

- ICC Music Program presents: A Broadway Revue
- Illinois History Forum
- Know the 10 Signs of Alzheimer's
- A Man For All Seasons
- Mamma Mia
- Pettengill-Morron Home Tours

Mar 10

- Howlin' on Water Dueling Pianos
- 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale
- A Man For All Seasons
- August: Osage County
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Prairieland Country Opry Show

Mar 11

- 2nd Annual Spring Craft & Vendor Show
- Cork and Canvas
- Dueling Pianos
- JDRF Shop For A Cure Vendor Fair
- 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale
- A Man For All Seasons
- August: Osage County
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise

Mar 12

- 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale
- A Man For All Seasons
- August: Osage County
- Jazz Vespers Services
- Old Time Folk and Country Jam

Mar 13

- Masterpiece Mondays

Mar 14

- Celebrate Recovery

Mar 15

- Newcomers' Club Breakfast
- Tazewell County Animal Control Extended Hours
- Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise

Mar 16

- August: Osage County
- Pettengill-Morron Home Tours

Mar 17

- 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale
- August: Osage County
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Murder Mystery Dinner
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Mar 18

- HFO Symphony Idol
- Quilt Show
- Vintage Clothing and Collectibles Sale
- 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale
- August: Osage County
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Murder Mystery Dinner
- Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise

Mar 19

- Prairie Wind Ensemble
- 100th Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale
- August: Osage County
- Jazz Vespers Services

Mar 20

- Masterpiece Mondays

Mar 21

- Celebrate Recovery

Mar 22

- Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise

Mar 23

- Christopher Titus
- Pettengill-Morron Home Tours

Mar 24

- Celebrate Recovery
- Josh Blue
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen


 
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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