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Events Calendar


Sep 23

- 40th Anniversary Elvis Tribute Show
- A Night At The Movies
- Highway J
- Holy Family Trivia Night
- Peoria Symphony Orchestra
- Strides for Justice
- Terry Grawey Hypnohumorist
- The Original Skazz Band
- Wildfire Concert Series
- Zoo La La
- Fine Art Fair
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- James Johann at Jukebox Comedy Club
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour
- Nina and Pinta Replicas
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Smoke on the Mountain
- Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market

Sep 24

- Be Anything!
- Friends of HOIDSA Walk
- Peoria Heart & Stroke Walk
- Pioneer Days
- Woofstock
- Fine Art Fair
- Nina and Pinta Replicas
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Smoke on the Mountain

Sep 25

- Masterpiece Mondays

Sep 26

- Healthy Living For Your Brain and Body
- Celebrate Recovery

Sep 27

- Beginning Line Dance
- Unplugged in the Heights

Sep 28

- Hank Williams Jr.
- Tailgates & Tallboys Festival

Sep 29

- Barn Dance at Shore Acres
- Celebrate Recovery
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Kayaking in the Wild
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Moonlight Cruise
- Tailgates & Tallboys Festival
- The Underpants

Sep 30

- Behind the Scenes Tour
- Gathering at the Well Water Seminar
- Green View's 3rd Annual Fall Festival
- Harvesting Hope Fundraiser
- Mark Linder Walk for the Mind
- Nick Jonas Concert
- Running with the Dogs 5K/3K
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Kayaking in the Wild
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Monuments & Landmarks Bus Tour
- Peoria RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Tailgates & Tallboys Festival
- The Underpants
- Tianguis Mexican Outdoor Market

Oct 1

- First Sunday at Flanagan House
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Pettengill Morron House Museum First Sunday
- The Underpants

Oct 2

- Masterpiece Mondays

Oct 3

- Senior Safety Fair
- Celebrate Recovery

Oct 4

- Beginning Line Dance
- Unplugged in the Heights

Oct 5

- Central Illinois Herpetological
- Whisper & Shout

Oct 6

- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Haunted Infirmary
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Moonlight Cruise
- Pekin Haunt
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Spider Hill
- The Underpants
- The Woman in Black

Oct 7

- Fall French Market in the Park
- Michael Palascak
- Mischief Live
- Pink Turn N Burn
- Annual Spoon River Drive
- Haunted Infirmary
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Pekin Haunt
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Spider Hill
- The Underpants
- The Woman in Black

Oct 8

- Brian Wilson
- Annual Spoon River Drive
- Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
- Old Time Folk and Country Jam
- The Woman in Black

Oct 9

- Masterpiece Mondays

Oct 10

- Celebrate Recovery

Oct 11

- Unplugged in the Heights

Oct 12

- Ron White
- Addams Family
- The Woman in Black

Oct 13

- Addams Family
- Celebrate Recovery
- Haunted Infirmary
- Howl-Zoo-Ween
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Moonlight Cruise
- Pekin Haunt
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- The Woman in Black

Oct 14

- Celebration of Leonard Bernstein
- Mercy Me
- Rumours: The Ultimate Fleetwood Mac Experience
- Wildfire Concert Series: JammSammich
- Addams Family
- Annual Spoon River Drive
- Haunted Infirmary
- Howl-Zoo-Ween
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Pekin Haunt
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- The Woman in Black

Oct 15

- Bark in the Park
- Addams Family
- The Woman in Black

Oct 16

- Jazz Brunch Fundraiser
- Masterpiece Mondays

Oct 17

- Celebrate Recovery
- Motown the Musical

Oct 18

- Tazewell County Animal Control Extended Hours
- Manito Volkswalk and Art Bazaar
- Motown the Musical
- Unplugged in the Heights

Oct 19

- Motown the Musical

Oct 20

- Celebrate Recovery
- Haunted Infirmary
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Moonlight Cruise
- Pekin Haunt
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk

Oct 21

- Behind the Scenes Tour
- Fall Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale
- La La Land In Concert
- Trivia Night
- Haunted Infirmary
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Monster Jam
- PAW Patrol Live!
- Pekin Haunt
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk

Oct 22

- Monster Jam
- PAW Patrol Live!
- Wildlife Scary Park

Oct 23

- Masterpiece Mondays
- Peoria Autism Walk


 
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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