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Summer Sundays

Upcoming Events

all-day A Century of Education: Crystal... @ Colonel Palmer House
A Century of Education: Crystal... @ Colonel Palmer House
A Century of Education:  Crystal Lake Community High School @ Colonel Palmer House
What we know today as Crystal Lake Central High School is 100 years old!  This exhibit covers the history of the building, student life, sports, arts, and much more.  The Senior Class of 1924 is … Continued
all-day Crystal Lake: Home of the Brave
Crystal Lake: Home of the Brave
Crystal Lake:  Home of the Brave
A new exhibit is now open at the Colonel Palmer House in Crystal Lake!  We honor local men and women who served in WWI, WWII and the Vietnam War with stories of their lives before, … Continued

Travel back in time with each of our FREE Summer Sunday special events where our costumed presenters have plenty of displays and hands-on experiences. Each month is unique!

2010 Season

June – “Before the Covered Wagons Came: the Prairie, Native Americans and fur-traders”
July – “A Day Down on the Farm: Farming and Household Chores”
August – “Threading the Needle: Needlework of the 19th Century”

2011 Season

June – “Sheep to Shawl”
July – “Horseless Carriages and Tin Lizzies”
August – “The Art of Quilting – Treasures from our Attics”

2012 Season

June – “A Day on the Farm: Feathers, Fowl, and Honey Bees”
July – “WWII: The Homefront to the Front Lines”
August – “The Civil War: Soldiers and Civilians”

2013 Season

June – “Chewing the Cud: Cows on the Farm”
July – “Prairie Life: Its People, Plants, and Purpose”
August – “Weaving a Tale: Coverlets, Quilts, and the Art of Storytelling”

2014 Season

June – “Sound the Alarm: History of the Crystal Lake Fire Department”
July – “The Year Was 1914: A Centennial Celebration”
August – “Chores on the Farm: Farm Life in the Late 1800s”

2015 Season

June – “The Civil War: The Ravages of War”
July – “Farming in the Fabulous 1950s”
August – “Wheels of Progress: 150 Years & Still Turning”

2016 Season

June – “Be Social at Colonel Palmer House”
July – “Chautauqua of 1916”
August – “Pioneer Days”

2017 Season

June – “Over There: U.S. Enters the Great War”
July – “CPH Presents:  A Country Fair”
August – “Game On: Vintage Games and Toys”

2018 Season – History Happened Here!

June – “1858 – A Foundation is Laid”
July – “1838 – A Family is Rooted”
August – “1818 – A Frontier is Forged”

Video Clips from prior Summer Sunday events:

Washing Clothes:


Threading and Sewing on a Treadle Sewing Machine:

View photos from prior Summer Sunday events

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