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Events & Exhibits

Jun
1

Cabin Curious? Visit Stupey Cabin, 1847

Cabin Curious? Look for us next on Saturday, June 1st: 10 AM to Noon, or by reservation First Saturday of the month from 10 AM to Noon, or by reservation. If we have volunteer docents, we will extend our openings. For information please email: archives@highlandparkhistory.org or call 847-432-7090 Stupey Cabin is located on St. Johns Avenue between the Library (Laurel Avenue) and City Hall (Hazel Avenue)
May
19

Forgottonia, An Intimate Portrait of Rural Illinois with Chris Vallillo, an Illinois Road Scholar

In this presentation, Chris Vallillo performs his new one-man show, “Forgottonia” featuring music he wrote over the last 35 years about Western Illinois based on his experiences as a folklorist and songwriter in rural Illinois. Vallillo has spent the past 35 years documenting and preserving the heritage of Western Illinois: the land lovingly called Forgottonia. The show combines music, storytelling, and historically accurate narratives in a solo performance. Along with the performance, Vallillo will speak to the history and backstories of songs that document, reflect, and validate rural lives, reinforcing these communities’ sense of commitment and worth. Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council Agency], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
May
4

Stupey Cabin Open House

Cabin Curious? Look for us next on Saturday, May 4th: 10 AM to Noon, or by reservation First Saturday of the month from 10 AM to Noon, or by reservation. If we have volunteer docents, we will extend our openings. For information please email: archives@highlandparkhistory.org or call 847-432-7090 Stupey Cabin is located on St. Johns Avenue between the Library (Laurel Avenue) and City Hall (Hazel Avenue)
Mar
28

The Road was Home with Jamie Poorman, an Illinois Road Scholar

In the late 1800s and early 1900s, central Illinois was often visited by the Cooper family, a traveling band of Gypsies, who traded horses, told fortunes, and made many friends throughout the area. The death of a young daughter, and her burial in Marshall Cemetery, solidified the family’s relationship with the area, and they continued to visit for many more years. The Romani families left many traces of their visits here – not only in the tombstones in the cemetery, but also tales of a Gypsy Queen’s blessing on the town of Marshall, a small frame church outside Salem, a Gypsy wagon in Findlay, and memories with those who knew them. Their travels took them over much of central Illinois, and their family roots spread all across the region. Illinois Humanities is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Democracy Demands Wisdom and the Illinois General Assembly [through the Illinois Arts Council Agency], as well as by contributions from individuals, foundations, and corporations.
Mar
23

Stupey Cabin Open House – Spring Break Edition

Cabin Curious? Look for us next on Saturday, March 23rd: 10 AM to Noon, or by reservation First Saturday of the month from 10 AM to Noon, or by reservation. 2024 Schedule: May 4, June 1, July TBA, August 3, September 7, October 5, November 7 and concluding Thanksgiving Saturday, November 25, 2024 For information please email: archives@highlandparkhistory.org or call 847-432-7090 Stupey Cabin is located on St. Johns Avenue between the Library (Laurel Avenue) and City Hall (Hazel Avenue)
Jan
18

Good Neighbors: Making a Difference in Lake County, 9th Annual Lake County History Symposium

The Lake County History Symposium is an annual gathering of people interested in the history of Lake County, Illinois. Professional, amateur and student historians are invited to submit proposals for presentations at the Symposium. The Symposium will take place virtually on Zoom, Thursday, January 4 and January 18, 2024 from 6:30–8:30 pm. This year’s theme, Good Neighbors: Making a Difference in Lake County, shares the stories of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to society and work to make their communities better. Each day will feature three different presentations. Breakout rooms will be open at the end of the presentations for participants to ask questions and engage in dialogue.
Jan
4

Good Neighbors: Making a Difference in Lake County, 9th Annual Lake County History Symposium

The Lake County History Symposium is an annual gathering of people interested in the history of Lake County, Illinois. Professional, amateur and student historians are invited to submit proposals for presentations at the Symposium. The Symposium will take place virtually on Zoom, Thursday, January 4 and January 18, 2024 from 6:30–8:30 pm. This year’s theme, Good Neighbors: Making a Difference in Lake County, shares the stories of individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to society and work to make their communities better. Each day will feature three different presentations. Breakout rooms will be open at the end of the presentations for participants to ask questions and engage in dialogue.
Dec
6

A Day That Will Live in Infamy: The Attack on Pearl Harbor

The shocking attack and major defeat at Pearl Harbor lead was the catalyst for the emergence of a new and determined naval fleet. This presentation will examine events leading up to the attack, how sailors and nurses responded, as well as the aftermath and legacy of the attack that is considered the Navy’s greatest defeat.