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Events Calendar


Oct 21

- 11th Annual Autism 5K & Walk
- Barktoberfest
- Beat Beethoven
- Behind the Scenes Tour
- Chemistry Demonstrations
- Fall Vintage Clothing & Collectibles Sale
- Hearts' Tropical Getaway
- La La Land In Concert
- Recovery 5K
- Trivia Night
- WCBU Murder Mystery Dinner Fundraiser
- Wine and Cheese Under the Stars
- Annual Fall Book Sale
- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- Halls of Horror
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- Little Women
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Martin Luther, A Beggar Before God, the Musical
- Monster Jam
- Night of Champions at Jukebox Comedy Club
- Paw Patrol Live!
- Pekin Haunt
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- Trinity Lutheran Garage Sale
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk

Oct 22

- Prairie Wind Ensemble
- Annual Fall Book Sale
- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- Little Women
- Martin Luther, A Beggar Before God, the Musical
- Monster Jam
- Paw Patrol Live!
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Wildlife Scary Park

Oct 23

- Annual Fall Book Sale
- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- Masterpiece Mondays

Oct 24

- Celebrate Recovery
- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts

Oct 25

- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts

Oct 26

- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- Hayrides and Hotdogs
- Little Women

Oct 27

- 4th Friday Tazewell Art Loop
- Celebrate Recovery
- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour
- Halls of Horror
- Haunted Infirmary
- Little Women
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Moonlight Cruise
- Pekin Haunt
- Peoria Rivermen
- Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- The Glass Menagerie
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk

Oct 28

- Women's Lifestyle Show
- Dracula
- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- Halls of Horror
- Haunted Infirmary
- Haunted Peoria Tour
- Little Women
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Pekin Haunt
- Peoria Rivermen
- Rocky Horror Picture Show
- Sculpture Walk Peoria
- Sightseeing Cruise
- Spider Hill
- Spook Hollow
- Strength of This Nation
- The Glass Menagerie
- Wildlife Scary Park
- Witches Walk

Oct 29

- Little Women
- Martin Luther, A Beggar Before God, the Musical
- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- Strength of This Nation

Oct 30

- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- Masterpiece Mondays

Oct 31

- Halls of Horror
- Happy Halloween!
- Celebrate Recovery
- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts

Nov 1

- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts

Nov 2

- Central Illinois Herpetological
- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- The Glass Menagerie
- Whisper & Shout

Nov 3

- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Moonlight Cruise
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- The Glass Menagerie

Nov 4

- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- The Glass Menagerie

Nov 5

- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- First Sunday at Flanagan House
- Pettengill Morron House Museum First Sunday
- The Glass Menagerie

Nov 6

- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- First Friday at the Museum
- Masterpiece Mondays

Nov 7

- Celebrate Recovery
- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts

Nov 8

- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts

Nov 9

- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts

Nov 10

- Celebrate Recovery
- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Moonlight Cruise

Nov 11

- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen

Nov 12

- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- MUMC Market & Craft Sale
- Old Time Folk and Country Jam

Nov 13

- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- Masterpiece Mondays

Nov 14

- Celebrate Recovery
- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts

Nov 15

- Tazewell County Animal Control Extended Hours
- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts

Nov 16

- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts

Nov 17

- Celebrate Recovery
- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Nov 18

- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen

Nov 19

- Citywide Celebration of Women in the Arts

Nov 20

- Masterpiece Mondays

Nov 21

- Celebrate Recovery


 
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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