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Events Calendar


Apr 20

- Derby Party
- Hands Across the Courthouse
- Passenger Appreciation Day
- The 90's Experience
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Celebrate Recovery
- Congressional Art Show
- Jeff Bailey at Jukebox Comedy Club
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Peoria Chiefs
- Picnic
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- The Cripple of Inishmaan

Apr 21

- A Conversation with Mr. Lincoln
- Barn Dance
- Bicentennial Bash
- Donation Drive
- Earth Day Festival
- International Fair
- Jazz in Spring
- Kick Abuse 5K
- Maple Syrup Workshop & Pancake Breakfast
- Nude Attitude
- Pekin Kid's Festival
- Peoria Recovery Project
- Starting a Business in Illinois
- Trippin BIllies
- Congressional Art Show
- Jeff Bailey at Jukebox Comedy Club
- Kid's Night Out
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Money Smart Week
- Peoria Chiefs
- Picnic
- The Cripple of Inishmaan

Apr 22

- Happy Earth Day!
- Peoria Chiefs
- Annual Clean Water Celebration
- Congressional Art Show
- Money Smart Week
- Picnic
- The Cripple of Inishmaan

Apr 23

- Annual Clean Water Celebration
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Congressional Art Show
- Masterpiece Mondays
- Money Smart Week

Apr 24

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Celebrate Recovery
- Congressional Art Show
- Money Smart Week
- Sarah Marie Dillard

Apr 25

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Congressional Art Show
- Money Smart Week
- Wizard of Oz

Apr 26

- Kevin Hart
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Money Smart Week
- Picnic
- Wizard of Oz

Apr 27

- Passage to India
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Money Smart Week
- Picnic

Apr 28

- Great American Cleanup
- Peoria Symphony Orchestra
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Money Smart Week
- Picnic

Apr 29

- Picnic

Apr 30

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Masterpiece Mondays

May 1

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Celebrate Recovery
- Sarah Marie Dillard

May 2

- Shrine Circus
- Arts in Education Spring Celebration

May 3

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Central Illinois Herpetological
- Whisper & Shout

May 4

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Celebrate Recovery
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

May 5

- Chemistry Demonstrations
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen

May 7

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Masterpiece Mondays

May 8

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Celebrate Recovery
- Sarah Marie Dillard

May 9

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration

May 10

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration

May 11

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen

May 12

- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen

May 13

- Old Time Folk and Country Jam

May 14

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Masterpiece Mondays

May 15

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Celebrate Recovery
- Sarah Marie Dillard

May 16

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration

May 17

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration

May 18

- Arts in Education Spring Celebration
- Celebrate Recovery
- Live at the Five Spot
- Live at the Rhythm Kitchen
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

May 19

- Kid's Night Out
- 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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