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Events Calendar


Jun 30

- Illinois Shakespeare Festival
- Living Proof Exhibit at Peoria Public Library

Jul 1

- Illinois Shakespeare Festival
- Magician Mitch Williams at Tyroni's
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise

Jul 2

- Arts in the Park
- Bluprint
- Illinois Shakespeare Festival
- Local Flavors 2015 Dinner at Salt Peoria
- Central Illinois Herpetological Society Meeting
- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour
- Things My Mother Taught Me
- Whisper & Shout

Jul 3

- Fireworks Spectacular
- Illinois Shakespeare Festival
- Molly Hatchet with The Outlaws
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Live at the Five Spot
- River City Trolley Tour
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise
- Things My Mother Taught Me

Jul 4

- 4th of July Backyard BBQ f
- ELITE Youth Program Fundraiser
- Fireworks at Flanagan House Museum
- Happy Independence Day!
- Illinois Shakespeare Festival
- Peoria Chiefs
- Red, White & Boom Fireworks Display
- RiverFront Market
- Sculpture Walk Peoria Guided Tour
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise

Jul 5

- German-American Volksfest 2015
- House Tours at the Pettengill-Morron House
- Illinois Shakespeare Festival
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Things My Mother Taught Me

Jul 6

- Peoria Chiefs

Jul 7

- Hoodie Allen
- Illinois Shakespeare Festival
- Peoria Chiefs

Jul 8

- Illinois Shakespeare Festival
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise

Jul 9

- Arts in the Park
- Illinois Shakespeare Festival
- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour
- Things My Mother Taught Me
- Wizard of Oz

Jul 10

- Illinois Shakespeare Festival
- Godspell, Jr.
- Heart of Illinois Fair
- Live at the Five Spot
- River City Trolley Tour
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise
- The Secret Garden
- Things My Mother Taught Me
- Wizard of Oz

Jul 11

- Illinois Shakespeare Festival
- Jeff Gordon
- Laser Light Night - Laser Floyd
- Miss You Can Do It Pageant
- Morton Muddy Madness
- The Shake - Concerts in the Vineyard
- Godspell, Jr.
- Heart of Illinois Fair
- Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour
- RiverFront Market
- Roll Out the Barrel Tour
- Sculpture Walk Peoria Guided Tour
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise
- The Secret Garden
- Things My Mother Taught Me
- Wizard of Oz

Jul 12

- David G. Smith
- Illinois Shakespeare Festival
- Godspell, Jr.
- Heart of Illinois Fair
- Peoria Municipal Band
- The Secret Garden
- Things My Mother Taught Me
- Wizard of Oz

Jul 13

- Heart of Illinois Fair
- The Secret Garden

Jul 14

- Heart of Illinois Fair
- The Secret Garden

Jul 15

- Peoria Chiefs
- Heart of Illinois Fair
- Newcomers' Club of Greater Peoria Monthly Luncheon
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise
- The Secret Garden

Jul 16

- Arts in the Park"
- Local Flavors 2015 Lunch at Apple's Bakery
- Peoria Chiefs
- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour
- Heart of Illinois Fair
- The Secret Garden
- Things My Mother Taught Me

Jul 17

- Peoria Chiefs
- The Gala of the Royal Horses
- Godspell, Jr.
- Heart of Illinois Fair
- Live at the Five Spot
- River City Trolley Tour
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise
- The Secret Garden
- Things My Mother Taught Me

Jul 18

- Jammsammich - Concerts in the Vineyard
- LEGO Robotics Workshops
- WWE Summer Slam Heatwave Tour
- Godspell, Jr.
- Heart of Illinois Fair
- Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour
- RiverFront Market
- Roll Out the Barrel Tour
- Sculpture Walk Peoria Guided Tour
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise
- The Secret Garden
- Things My Mother Taught Me

Jul 19

- Peoria Municipal Band
- Things My Mother Taught Me

Jul 21

- Breaking Benjamin
- Peoria Chiefs

Jul 22

- Peoria Chiefs
- Rod Stewart
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise

Jul 23

- Arts in the Park
- Peoria Chiefs
- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour
- Things My Mother Taught Me

Jul 24

- Morton BBQ Throwdown
- Peoria Chiefs
- Live at the Five Spot
- River City Trolley Tour
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise
- Things My Mother Taught Me

Jul 25

- 12th Annual Whitney's Walk for Life
- Bubble Gum Jack - Concerts in the Vineyard
- Morton BBQ Throwdown
- Night at the Riverfront Museum
- Peoria Chiefs
- Summer Harvest Antique Tractor & Equipment Show
- Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour
- RiverFront Market
- Roll Out the Barrel Tour
- Sculpture Walk Peoria Guided Tour
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise
- Things My Mother Taught Me

Jul 26

- Art and Wine Festival
- Peoria Chiefs
- Peoria Municipal Band
- Things My Mother Taught Me

Jul 27

- Tazewell County 4-H and Jr. Fair

Jul 28

- R5
- Tazewell County 4-H and Jr. Fair

Jul 29

- Tazewell County 4-H and Jr. Fair
- Spirit of Peoria Sightseeing Cruise

Jul 30

- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour
- Nana's Naughty Knickers


 
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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