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11:22 pm Colonel Palmer House Closed Janu...
Colonel Palmer House Closed Janu...
11:22 pm – 11:45 pm
Colonel Palmer House Closed January 6 - February 11
Researchers wanting access to the Crystal Lake Historical Society archives, please email
1:00 pm The Sears Kit Homes of Crystal L... @ The Dole Mansion
The Sears Kit Homes of Crystal L... @ The Dole Mansion
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
The Sears Kit Homes of Crystal Lake - Annual Meeting and Program @ The Dole Mansion
Join us on Sunday, February 5 at 1 PM at The Dole for our 2023 Annual Meeting and Program.  Following a brief business meeting, CLHS Board Member Ann Viger will present “The Sears Kit Homes … 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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