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Events Calendar


Mar 22

- Anne Frank
- Ben Bailey
- Celebrate Recovery
- FIRST Robotics Competition
- Fish & Chicken Dinner
- Live at the Five Spot
- Nana's Naughty Knickers

Mar 23

- Beau Knows 3 on 3
- Dynamic Digestion
- Enchanted PlayHouse
- Interplanetary 5K Race
- Peoria Rivermen
- Shannon More
- Spring Ice Show
- Anne Frank
- Ben Bailey
- FIRST Robotics Competition
- Nana's Naughty Knickers

Mar 24

- David Hoffman and Friends
- Mercy Me
- Anne Frank
- Nana's Naughty Knickers

Mar 26

- lovelytheband: Finding It Hard to Smile Tour
- Peoria Speaks: Journey Towards Zero Waste
- Arthritis Walk KickOff
- Celebrate Recovery

Mar 27

- Canít We Talk: An End of Life Symposium
- It's Always Myself That I Paint: The Work and Life of Gertrude Abercrombie

Mar 28

- Chris Porter
- Nana's Naughty Knickers

Mar 29

- Celebrate Recovery
- Chris Porter
- Fish & Chicken Dinner
- Inspire Women's Conference
- Live at the Five Spot
- Nana's Naughty Knickers
- Peoria Rivermen

Mar 30

- Barn Dance at Shore Acres
- Belize Mission Trip Craft & Vendor Show
- Book Signing with Coach Van Scyoc
- Gabriel Iglesias
- Springfest with Eddie Korosa
- Chris Porter
- Inspire Women's Conference
- Nana's Naughty Knickers
- Peoria Rivermen

Mar 31

- Lebanese Food Festival
- Nana's Naughty Knickers

Apr 2

- Celebrate Recovery

Apr 3

- Relax Under the Stars
- Romeo, You Idiot

Apr 4

- Central Illinois Herpetological
- Mike Vecchione
- Nana's Naughty Knickers
- Romeo, You Idiot
- Whisper & Shout

Apr 5

- Blues for a Cause
- Alice in Wonderland & Paquita
- Celebrate Recovery
- Central Illinois Auto Show
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Fish & Chicken Dinner
- Live at the Five Spot
- Mike Vecchione
- Nana's Naughty Knickers
- Peoria Rivermen
- Romeo, You Idiot
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Apr 6

- Breakfast with the Giraffes
- Peoria Chiefs
- Alice in Wonderland & Paquita
- Central Illinois Auto Show
- Membership Swap Weekend
- Mike Vecchione
- Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise
- Nana's Naughty Knickers
- Peoria Rivermen
- Romeo, You Idiot

Apr 7

- Astonishing!
- For King & Country
- Peoria Chiefs
- Starved Rock Lodge Wine Pairing Dinner
- Central Illinois Auto Show
- Membership Swap Weekend
- Nana's Naughty Knickers
- Romeo, You Idiot

Apr 8

- Alzheimer's Community Forum
- Peoria Chiefs

Apr 9

- Celebrate Recovery
- Peoria Chiefs

Apr 10

- Beatles vs. Stones
- Healthy Living for Your Brain
- Peoria Chiefs
- Richard Pryor Jr. Book Signing

Apr 11

- Main Street Social
- Peoria Chiefs
- Nana's Naughty Knickers
- The Savvy Caregiver

Apr 12

- Eric Gales
- Parent's Night Out
- 2nd Fridays in Peoria Heights
- Celebrate Recovery
- Fish & Chicken Dinner
- Live at the Five Spot
- Nana's Naughty Knickers
- Scary Poppins
- The Blue Window

Apr 13

- Central Illinois Autism Association Craft & Vendor Show
- Chemistry Demonstrations
- Easter Egg Scramble
- Heartland Portraits
- Kids Consignment Sale by Mommy Moments
- Makers Market Spring Fling
- Peoria-Area Military Retiree Appreciation Day
- Wine & Art: "Pollock"
- Murder Mystery Dinner Cruise
- Nana's Naughty Knickers
- Scary Poppins
- The Blue Window
- Whiskey City Burlesque

Apr 14

- 50,000 Presto Notes, Encore
- Old Domination: Make it Sweet Tour
- Nana's Naughty Knickers
- Old Time Folk and Country Jam
- The Blue Window
- Whiskey City Burlesque

Apr 15

- Jim Maloof Legacy of Love
- Peoria Chiefs

Apr 16

- Around the World in 80 Days
- The Doobie Brothers
- Celebrate Recovery
- Pekin Passion Play 2019
- Peoria Chiefs

Apr 17

- Peoria Chiefs
- Pekin Passion Play 2019
- The Blue Window

Apr 18

- Nana's Naughty Knickers
- Pekin Passion Play 2019
- The Blue Window
- The Savvy Caregiver

Apr 19

- Gov't Mule
- Celebrate Recovery
- Fish & Chicken Dinner
- Live at the Five Spot
- Nana's Naughty Knickers
- Pekin Passion Play 2019
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- The Blue Window

Apr 20

- Easter Bunny Breakfast
- Giant Easter Egg Hunt
- Kick Abuse at Kickapoo 5k
- Laser Light Night
- Steve Martin & Martin Short
- Nana's Naughty Knickers
- The Blue Window

Apr 21

- Alice in Chains
- Easter Champagne Brunch
- Easter Sunday Brunch
- Jake 'The Snake' Roberts
- Pekin Passion Play 2019

Apr 22

- Peoria Chiefs


 
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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