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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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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.

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Small Discoveries: Springtime Stories

April 22, 2015 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Small discoveries add up to big fun for your little ones! Join us select Wednesdays as we explore a variety of topics through stories, hands-on activities, pretend play and simple crafts. A great opportunity to learn, make new friends, and get to know other families.
 
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Lake County History Symposium

April 26, 2015 (09:00 AM - 04:30 PM)
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LCDM-HistorySymposium
Time:09:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Join us for a day-long symposium on Lake County history.
 
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Apr
 
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Time:10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Explore the new exhibition Growing up in Lake County, and learn about the lives of Lake County children throughout history.
 
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Small discoveries add up to big fun for your little ones! Join us select Wednesdays as we explore a variety of topics through stories, hands-on activities, pretend play and simple crafts. A great opportunity to learn, make new friends, and get to know other families.
 
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