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Events Calendar


Apr 20

- Great American Trailer Park Musical
- Happy Easter!
- Another Round of Beer for Breakfast
- Lilies and The Lorax Lily Show

Apr 21

- Peoria Chiefs vs Cedar Rapids

Apr 22

- Joe Bonamassa
- Humpty Dumpty
- Peoria Chiefs vs Cedar Rapids

Apr 23

- Peoria Chiefs vs Cedar Rapids
- Great American Trailer Park Musical
- Humpty Dumpty

Apr 24

- Peoria Chiefs vs Cedar Rapids
- Boeing, Boeing at Barn 2
- Great American Trailer Park Musical
- Humpty Dumpty
- The Rivals

Apr 25

- Peoria Chiefs vs Quad Cities
- The Purse and Suit of Happiness
- Boeing, Boeing at Barn 2
- Great American Trailer Park Musical
- Humpty Dumpty
- Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center
- The Big Spring Plant Sale
- The Rivals

Apr 26

- 16th Annual Spirit of Living Dinner: A Night with a True American Hero
- Heartland Festival Orchestra featuring Barbara Padilla
- Owens Center 34th Annual Ice Show
- Peoria Chiefs vs Quad Cities
- Rockin' the House Family Dance Party
- Sommer Park 50 Year Anniversary Hike
- Spring Annual Dance Showcase at Body Fitness
- The Great Burr Oak Science Club
- Boeing, Boeing at Barn 2
- Great American Trailer Park Musical
- Humpty Dumpty
- The Big Spring Plant Sale
- The Rivals

Apr 27

- An Afternoon in Spain
- CI Jazz presents Bradley Jazz Ensemble
- Party for the Planet
- Peoria Chiefs vs Quad Cities
- WWE Live
- Boeing, Boeing at Barn 2
- Humpty Dumpty
- Peoria Clean Water Celebration
- The Big Spring Plant Sale
- The Rivals

Apr 28

- Mature Readers Book Club
- Peoria Clean Water Celebration

Apr 30

- Bradley University Spring Concert

May 1

- Boeing, Boeing at Barn 2
- Central Illinois Herpetological Society Monthly Meeting
- The Rivals
- Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center

May 2

- Celtic Woman Emerald Tour
- TazWood Dance Company: Danceology
- Boeing, Boeing at Barn 2
- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- Shrek the Musical
- The Rivals

May 3

- Red Green: How To Do Everything Tour
- Boeing, Boeing at Barn 2
- Music of Our Homeland
- Shrek the Musical
- The Rivals

May 4

- Boeing, Boeing at Barn 2
- Music of Our Homeland
- Shrek the Musical
- The Rivals

May 5

- Addams Family
- Peoria Chiefs

May 6

- Peoria Chiefs
- Addams Family

May 7

- Magician Mitch Williams at Tyroni's
- Peoria Chiefs
- Shrek the Musical

May 8

- Boeing, Boeing at Barn 2
- Shrek the Musical

May 9

- Boeing, Boeing at Barn 2
- Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center
- Shrek the Musical

May 10

- Boeing, Boeing at Barn 2
- Salsa Night at The Black Rabbit
- Shrek the Musical

May 11

- Peoria Symphony Orchestra
- Boeing, Boeing at Barn 2
- Shrek the Musical

May 15

- Boeing, Boeing at Barn 2
- Peoria Chiefs

May 16

- Peoria Chiefs
- X Rocks Spring Fling Concert
- Boeing, Boeing at Barn 2
- Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

May 17

- Boeing, Boeing at Barn 2
- Peoria Chiefs

May 18

- Peoria Chiefs
- Boeing, Boeing at Barn 2

May 19

- Peoria Chiefs

May 20

- Encore 2014
- 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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