Briefly from Around the State

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Where History Is Happening

World War II Days


Saturday, September 24
11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday, September 25
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM

A tribute to America's veterans and the largest World War II re-enactment in North America with more than 800 soliders including dozens of tanks and WWII vintage military vehicles. Narrated field battles with pyrotechnics, village skirmishes, demonstrations and displays of 1940s military and civilian life, military vendors and a USO-style dance on Saturday Night. On Saturday Bob Persinger will provide a talk on his eye witness account of the liberation of concentration camps in the Courtyard Room.


Sunday, September 25
11:00 AM - 3:30 PM

An autumn tradition in the Fox Valley, the Society presents the Elgin Cemetery Walk on the fourth Sunday in September. Visitors to scenic Bluff City Cemetery are guided to gravesites of "former" residents, portrayed by actors in period costumes, who share something of their lives and times. Among them may be a founding pioneer or early doctor, a war hero or crafty politician, a teacher or banker. The cast changes each year. These vignettes provide a glimpse of Elgin's rich heritage through the lives of its citizens. Buy tickets online.

Presentation and Needle Felting Workshop at Ellwood House

Saturday, September 24
2:00 PM

Natasha Lehrer will present an engaging talk about the founding of her fiber arts studio, Esther’s Place. The presentation will be followed by a hands-on workshop on needle felting. The lecture is free and open to the public. The cost of the workshop is $10.00 (payable at the time of the workshop—approximately 3:00pm).

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