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.
Civil War Days
July 11 & 12, 2015
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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Civil War Comes Home events
Join the Lake County Discovery Museum and the Lake County Historical Alliance as we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and assassination of president Abraham Lincoln.
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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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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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Lake County History Symposium
April 26, 2015
In April 2015, the Lake County Discovery Museum will host the first Lake County History Symposium. The symposium aims to bring together those interested in and actively researching the history of Lake County. In commemoration of the anniversay of the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln and the final year of the Civil War Sesquicentennial, the theme of this year's symposium is Home Front to Frontline: The Impact of the Civil War on Lake County.