Thursdays and Friday 11 AM – 5 PM
Saturdays 10 AM – 4 PM
Take a stroll through the history of downtown Crystal Lake. Meet the “Movers and Shakers” who have lived and worked here. See the legacy of these creative and dedicated individuals. Learn more about Crystal Lake Theaters, Rosenthal Lumber, Raue Jewelry and Hardware, Train and Depot History and much more. Be surrounded by the familiar FACES OF DOWNTOWN!
11 AM – 4 PM on Saturday, June 8
Rain or Shine!
Join the Colonel Palmer House in celebrating the rich Swedish heritage of Crystal Lake! Decorate and raise a maypole, make a flower crown, enjoy authentic dance and music, savor Swedish treats and test your skill at Swedish games. Learn about the residents of Crystal Lake’s own Swedenberg, including their immigrant stories, roots, genealogy, churches, lodges, education and their role in WWI. Much more! This is a free event that will be fun for all ages!
Hop on the Trolley!
Sunday, June 9
Every year, the Crystal Lake Historic Preservation Commission creates a new trolley tour highlighting local history. This year the trolley will travel along Caroline Street and Walkup Avenue. The tour will highlight the historic details of some beautiful homes as well as person stories about their owners, builders, and the community.
Timed, round-trip tickets are available at Heisler’s Bootery, located at 50 N. Williams Street. Tickets cost $12 in advance and $15 on the day of the tour (if available.) “Day of” tickets are available at the ticket booth in front of City Hall. Ticket holders receive a keepsake tour book with articles and vintage photographs. Tours board in front of City Hall every half hour from 10 AM to 2 PM. Each tour lasts approximately 45 minutes.
This is a sell out event! Purchase tickets early so you don’t get left behind! Questions? Call 815-356-3738.
Save the date! This year marks the 10th anniversary of the always popular Dearly Departed program, where Crystal Lake Historical Society volunteers recreate a true story from Crystal Lake’s past. Tickets will be available on or around September 1. Watch here for more details!