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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.


CivilWarDays

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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FarmHeritageFestival

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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Summer Camp: Prehistoric Lake County

June 15, 2015-June 19, 2015 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Dig into Lake County's prehistoric history. Discover the massive mammals that roamed our area, what they ate, and how they lived. Learn more about the scientists who study Ice Age animals and what they think happened to them.
 
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Jun

Little Sprouts: Planting a Seed

June 17, 2015 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Help plant the garden at Bonner and sow seeds to take home. We'll learn about how seeds sprout and take a tour of the garden.
 
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Jun

Summer Camp: History Detectives

June 29, 2015-July 02, 2015 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Did the Underground Railroad really stop in Lake County? Does Lake County resident Elisha Gray deserve the credit for inventing the telephone? History Detectives will piece together clues from the past to answer these historical questions and more. Examine documents, run experiments and investigate the facts to decide what really happened.
 
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Jul

Summer Camp: Art in your Hands

July 06, 2015-July 10, 2015 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Unleash the artist within. Discover different methods of artistic expression and create your own works of art. We'll paint, sculpt, make collages, and more.
 
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