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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

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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