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The Museum offers a variety of public programs for families and adults year-round. Each July, the Museum hosts Civil War Days, the largest Civil War reenactment in Illinois. At the Farm Heritage Festival each September, visitors are able to take a step back in time and explore Lake County’s rural roots. During the summer, Museum educators provide fun and educational nature, history and art day camps. The Museum also makes a great place for a field trip or group tour.


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Civil War Days
July 9 & 10, 2016

Each July, the Museum hosts Civil War Days, the largest Civil War encampment in Illinois. The event features infantry, cavalry and artillery reenactors, as well as musicians, sutlers, medical personnel and civilians. Ongoing drills, kids’ activities, and Civil War era shopping are available both days. Please note: No dogs are allowed at the event, with the exception of service animals.
 

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Registration for re-enactors
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Lake County History Symposium

The day-long symposium will take place at the Lake County Discovery Museum, in Wauconda, IL, on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 9 am to 4:30 pm.

As host, the Lake County Discovery Museum seeks proposals for presentations and posters that share original research on the symposium’s theme. This year's theme will be "Women in Lake County History."  Learn more »

 

 


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Farm Heritage Festival

At the Farm Heritage Festival each September, visitors are able to take a step back in time and explore Lake County’s rural roots. The event, co-sponsored by the Lake County Farm Heritage Association, features hundreds of tractors, cars, engines and other farm machinery. Daily highlights include a tractor parade, sheep herding demonstrations, live music, scarecrow making, wagon and barrel train rides and petting zoo. Please note: No dogs are allowed at the event, with the exception of service animals.

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PACE

Postcard Art Competition & Exhibition (PACE)

This biennial juried exhibition, presented in conjunction with the Curt Teich Postcard Archives celebrates the postcard as art and as visual document. The exhibition showcases 36 finalists at the Lake County Discovery Museum. The top 12 award winners each receive a cash award and printed copies of the postcard made from their design. Twenty-four merit award winners are also included in the exhibition.

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Time:01:30 PM - 02:30 PM

Lecturer John Nygro discusses how the choice of music in each play of the First Folio shows us the sophistication of the Elizabethan audience and their willingness to become immersed in the drama, and reveals Shakespeare's understanding of how to include music to great theatrical effect.
 
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Music and Dance of the Renaissance

February 07, 2016 (03:00 PM - 04:00 PM)
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Time:03:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Whether it was the stately dance of the nobility or the lively dance of the country folks, music and dancing played an important role in Renaissance society. in today's class, we'll look at the history and usage of music in the time of Shakespeare. Then we'll kick up our heels and dance ourselves, with one of the most popular of the country dances, the 'Rufty Tufty'. Presented by Fred Lauritzen, Bristol Renaissance Faire.
 
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Small Discoveries: Be My Valentine

February 10, 2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

We're celebrating Valentine's Day with inspiration from Shakespeare's sonnets, creating our own valentine to give to someone special, and finishing with a delicious treat!
 
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First Folio Teacher Training Workshop

February 11, 2016 (06:00 PM - 08:00 PM)
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Time:06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

This workshop will give educators an overview of the history and context of Shakespeare's First Folio. Through a series of lively interactive activities, the workshop will provide educators tools and strategies to share the First Folio with their students. Presented in partnership with staff from the College of Lake County. Teacher training hours are available.
 
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