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Explore people, events that shaped Illinois at Peck Farm

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Submitted by Geneva Park District

A special winter exhibit "Native Peoples of Illinois" will be featured at Peck Farm Interpretive Center, 4038 Kaneville Road from Jan. 14 through Feb. 25. The exhibit will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The exhibit is free to all.

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Experience this award-winning exhibit showcasing the people and events shaping the region from Marquette and Joliet's exploration of the Illinois country in 1673. Go on an education journey through the 1830s.

This traveling exhibit, created by the Schingoethe Center at Aurora University, outlines the people and events shaping the region from Marquette and Joliet's exploration of the Illinois country in 1673 until the Indian tribes were forced out of Illinois by the pressure of white settlement and the efforts of the Federal government in the 1830s. This exhibit received the "Award of Superior Achievement" from the Illinois State Historical Society.

Join the Geneva Park District on the opening day and learn how to make birch bark canoes. "Birch Bark to Bowl" will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, at Peck Farm. View some examples from the Schingoethe Center's collection, and then experiment creating one of your own by using paper. This program is free and recommended for children ages 6-10.

For more information, call (630) 262-8244 or visit genevaparks.org.

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