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  • Volunteer Amanda Barrie plays hoops and graces Saturday during the Lombard Historical Society's three-day Peckapalooza celebration, honoring the completion of the Peck Homestead's construction.

       Volunteer Amanda Barrie plays hoops and graces Saturday during the Lombard Historical Society's three-day Peckapalooza celebration, honoring the completion of the Peck Homestead's construction.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • The Lombard Historical Society's three-day Peckapalooza celebration, honoring the completion of the Peck Homestead's construction, continues through the weekend.

       The Lombard Historical Society's three-day Peckapalooza celebration, honoring the completion of the Peck Homestead's construction, continues through the weekend.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Nicole Louis is the Peck Homestead coordinator for Lombard Historical Society's three-day Peckapalooza.

       Nicole Louis is the Peck Homestead coordinator for Lombard Historical Society's three-day Peckapalooza.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Chuck Maltese of Elmhurst rests between songs Saturday as he performs with the Plank Road Folk Music Society during the Lombard Historical Society's three-day Peckapalooza celebration.

       Chuck Maltese of Elmhurst rests between songs Saturday as he performs with the Plank Road Folk Music Society during the Lombard Historical Society's three-day Peckapalooza celebration.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

 
Daily Herald report

Sheldon Peck's accomplishments were celebrated this weekend with a special three-day "Peckapalooza" event at his homestead in Lombard.

Members of the Lombard Historical Society decided to host the celebration to mark the 175th anniversary of the completion of the Peck Homestead, located at 355 E. Parkside Ave.

A preview of two new exhibits at the homestead took place Friday night. On Saturday, families gathered to play games, make crafts and tour the artist and abolitionist's house, which once housed escaped slaves.

To wrap up celebrations, two lectures are scheduled Sunday at the homestead. They include a presentation at 1 p.m. about folk art and a 2 p.m. look at what schools were like in Peck's time by a prairie schoolteacher interpreter.

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