Pioneer Day shows life in the 19th century

  • Native American dancers presented traditional tribal dances for the visitors to Glen Ellyn Historical Society's Pioneer Day Sept. 26.

    Native American dancers presented traditional tribal dances for the visitors to Glen Ellyn Historical Society's Pioneer Day Sept. 26. Courtesy of Glen Ellyn Historical Society

 
 
Updated 10/13/2021 11:18 PM

Glen Ellyn Historical Society's Pioneer Day celebrated the pioneer lifestyle as well as the 175th anniversary of Stacy's Tavern Museum.

On a sunny afternoon, more than 300 participants tried their hand at spinning, candle dipping, corn shucking, and many more activities.

 

The Sept. 26 celebration featured goats, chickens, and rabbits from Goodrich's Farm, and Native American dancers and the Chief himself offering a prayer to begin the afternoon activities.

Portrait artist Wes Douglas drew special art for families and Timothy Botts wrote script in the fashion of the middle 1800s.

Bees and beekeeping was a lecture presented twice in the afternoon by Susan Kirby, a beekeeper from Glen Ellyn.

Music of the time period was performed by Mickey O'Brien.

Civil War program

On Saturday, Oct. 23, the Glen Ellyn History Center, 800 N. Main St., will host noted Civil War historian, author and consultant Robert I. Girardi on "Chicago's Memory of the Civil War" at 2 p.m.

This program focuses on the Windy City's portrayal of the Civil War in its public art, parks and cemeteries and how the memory and significance of these events has changed over time.

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The program is free and refreshments will be served.

Stop by the Salt Creek Civil War Round Table Book Sale from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come find interesting historical books at a great value! This annual book sale raises funds for Civil War battlefield preservation. Save money, stock up on your reading, and support a great historical preservation cause.

For information, contact the Glen Ellyn Historical Society at (630) 469-1867 and check the website at www.gehs.org.

Stop by Stacy's Corners Store for pumpkins, trolls, napkins/guest towels and fall decor items. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday. For details, call the store at (630) 469-1867 or email store@gehs.org. All proceeds benefit the Glen Ellyn Historical Society. Follow www.facebook.com/glenellynhistory/.

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