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Events Calendar


Sep 2

- Peoria Chiefs

Sep 3

- Local Flavors 2015 Dinner at Edge
- Peoria Chiefs
- Central Illinois Herpetological Society Meeting
- Whisper & Shout

Sep 4

- Peoria Chiefs
- Budweiser Illinois Blues Fest
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Manito Popcorn Festival
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Sep 5

- Heartland Festival Orchestra
- Sickle Cell Disease Awareness Day
- The Original Skazz Band at Limelight
- Budweiser Illinois Blues Fest
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Manito Popcorn Festival
- RiverFront Market

Sep 6

- Symphony Sunday
- Manito Popcorn Festival

Sep 7

- Happy Labor Day!
- Labor Day Parade & Picnic

Sep 8

- School House Rock Live!

Sep 9

- School House Rock Live!

Sep 10

- 2015 Pekin Marigold Festival
- Elmwood Fall Festival
- School House Rock Live!

Sep 11

- Too White Crew
- Too White Crew
- 2015 Pekin Marigold Festival
- Elmwood Fall Festival
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- School House Rock Live!
- Sister Act

Sep 12

- B-Day Bash
- Goodwill's Forward March & Run
- Peoria Pride 2015 Expo, Pageant & Dance Party
- Super Saturday: Magnetism!
- 2015 Pekin Marigold Festival
- Elmwood Fall Festival
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- RiverFront Market
- School House Rock Live!
- Sister Act

Sep 13

- Peoria Pride 2015
- 2015 Pekin Marigold Festival
- Sister Act

Sep 16

- Morton 49th Annual Pumpkin Festival
- Newcomers' Club of Greater Peoria Monthly Luncheon

Sep 17

- Halestorm
- Local Flavors 2015 Dinner at Noir Restaurant
- Death By Golf
- Morton 49th Annual Pumpkin Festival
- Sister Act

Sep 18

- Death By Golf
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Morton 49th Annual Pumpkin Festival
- Oktoberfest
- Peter Pan
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Sister Act

Sep 19

- Greenhaven's Bark for Life
- Peoria Symphony Orchestra - Carnival!
- SCIENCE ROCKS!
- Death By Golf
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Morton 49th Annual Pumpkin Festival
- Oktoberfest
- Peter Pan
- RiverFront Market
- Sister Act

Sep 20

- Mammoths to Molecules...and Back Again
- Death By Golf
- Oktoberfest
- Peter Pan
- Sister Act

Sep 22

- Kinky Boots

Sep 23

- Kinky Boots
- Peter Pan

Sep 24

- Death By Golf
- Kinky Boots
- Peter Pan

Sep 25

- Artists on the Boardwalk
- Death By Golf
- Kinky Boots
- Live at the Five Spot
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Peter Pan

Sep 26

- Autumn Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show
- Death By Golf
- Kinky Boots
- Magician Mitch Williams at New Amsterdam
- Peter Pan
- RiverFront Market

Sep 27

- Pioneer Days
- Autumn Gems of the Prairie Quilt Show
- Death By Golf
- Kinky Boots

Sep 29

- Shania Twain

Oct 1

- Central Illinois Herpetological Society Meeting
- Death By Golf
- Whisper & Shout

Oct 2

- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Death By Golf
- Live at the Five Spot
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center


 
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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