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Events Calendar


Aug 22

- Joey Hyde at Limelight Eventplex
- Moonlight Cruise
- Peoria Chiefs
- Sightseeing Cruise on the Spirit of Peoria
- Simply Streisand
- Artists on the Boardwalk at Junction City
- Brett Erickson
- Dunlap Days
- Erin Feis
- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour
- Hanna City Days
- Is There Life After Fifty?
- Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center
- Monty Python's Spamalot

Aug 23

- 26th Annual Duck Race
- 7th Annual Muscle on Main Strongman Contest
- Native Americans Speak
- Recycling Extravaganza
- Sing in the Park Concert
- The Drunken Zombie Deadly Drive In Double Feature: The Giant Spider & Horrors Of Spider Island
- Wine & Art Night
- Brett Erickson
- Dunlap Days
- Erin Feis
- Hanna City Days
- Is There Life After Fifty?
- Monty Python's Spamalot
- Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour
- Peoria Chiefs
- RiverFront Market
- Roll Out the Barrel Tour
- Washington Arts Festival

Aug 24

- 8th Annual Grape Stomp
- Behind Every Bride Bridal Showcase
- Drivin' N Cryin' at Limelight Eventplex
- Erin Feis
- Hanna City Days
- Is There Life After Fifty?
- Monty Python's Spamalot
- Washington Arts Festival

Aug 25

- Monty Python's Spamalot

Aug 26

- Monty Python's Spamalot

Aug 27

- Try the YMCA
- Monty Python's Spamalot
- Peoria Chiefs

Aug 28

- Is There Life After Fifty?
- Mature Readers Book Club
- Monty Python's Spamalot
- Peoria Chiefs

Aug 29

- Peoria Chiefs
- Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Trolley Tour
- Is There Life After Fifty?
- Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center
- Monty Python's Spamalot

Aug 30

- Is There Life After Fifty?
- Monty Python's Spamalot
- Naughty to Nice Trolley Tour
- RiverFront Market
- Roll Out the Barrel Tour

Aug 31

- Is There Life After Fifty?

Sep 1

- Happy Labor Day!
- Labor Day Picnic on the RiverFront

Sep 3

- Magician Mitch Williams at Tyroni's

Sep 4

- Is There Life After Fifty?
- Pekin Marigold Festival
- Whisper & Shout at the Contemporary Art Center

Sep 5

- CIAO First Fridays Artists' Tour
- Is There Life After Fifty?
- Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center
- Pekin Marigold Festival
- Ragime
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center

Sep 6

- Battery (Metallica Tribute Band) at Limelight Eventplex
- Heartland Festival Orchestra
- Is There Life After Fifty?
- Pekin Marigold Festival
- Ragime
- RiverFront Market

Sep 7

- Central Illinois Herpetological Society
- Is There Life After Fifty?
- Pekin Marigold Festival
- Ragime
- Spirit of Peoria Sundae Cruise

Sep 10

- 48th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival
- Ragime

Sep 11

- 48th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival
- Is There Life After Fifty?
- Ragime

Sep 12

- Jammsammich
- 48th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival
- Is There Life After Fifty?
- Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center
- Ragime
- Young Frankenstein

Sep 13

- An Evening of Jazz With a Side of Bacon
- Dads' Dash Run to Defeat ALS
- 48th Annual Morton Pumpkin Festival
- Is There Life After Fifty?
- Ragime
- RiverFront Market
- Young Frankenstein

Sep 14

- Is There Life After Fifty?
- Ragime
- Young Frankenstein

Sep 17

- Newcomers' Club of Greater Peoria Monthly Luncheon
- Young Frankenstein

Sep 18

- Nick Swardson
- The Fox on the Fairway
- Young Frankenstein

Sep 19

- Oktoberfest
- Live at the Five Spot at the Contemporary Art Center
- Salsa at the Contemporary Art Center
- The Fox on the Fairway
- Young Frankenstein

Sep 20

- Oktoberfest
- Peoria Symphony Orchestra Concert
- RiverFront Market
- The Fox on the Fairway
- Young Frankenstein

Sep 21

- Das Bier Run
- Oktoberfest
- Columbus Cup
- The Fox on the Fairway


 
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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