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March
900
Sat
2019
11:00 am The Faces of Downtown Exhibit @ Colonel Palmer House
The Faces of Downtown Exhibit @ Colonel Palmer House
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Faces of Downtown Exhibit @ Colonel Palmer House
Exhibit Hours: 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 … Continued
June
800
Sat
2019
11:00 am Midsommar Festival @ Colonel Palmer House
Midsommar Festival @ Colonel Palmer House
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Midsommar Festival @ Colonel Palmer House
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, … Continued
June
900
Sun
2019
10:00 am Trolley Tour @ Crystal Lake City Hall
Trolley Tour @ Crystal Lake City Hall
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
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.  … Continued
October
1800
Fri
2019
6:00 pm Dearly Departed @ Colonel Palmer House
Dearly Departed @ Colonel Palmer House
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dearly Departed @ Colonel Palmer House
  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 … Continued
    Mar
    9
    Sat
    2019
    The Faces of Downtown Exhibit @ Colonel Palmer House
    The Faces of Downtown Exhibit @ Colonel Palmer House
    The Faces of Downtown Exhibit @ Colonel Palmer House

    Exhibit Hours:

    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!

     

    Jun
    8
    Sat
    2019
    Midsommar Festival @ Colonel Palmer House
    Midsommar Festival @ Colonel Palmer House
    Midsommar Festival @ Colonel Palmer House

    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!

    Jun
    9
    Sun
    2019
    Trolley Tour @ Crystal Lake City Hall
    Trolley Tour @ Crystal Lake City Hall

    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.

    Oct
    18
    Fri
    2019
    Dearly Departed @ Colonel Palmer House
    Dearly Departed @ Colonel Palmer House
    Dearly Departed @ Colonel Palmer House

     

    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!