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Events

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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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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Small Discoveries: Be My Valentine

February 11, 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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Feb

President's Day Celebration

February 16, 2015 (10:00 AM - 04:00 PM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 04:00 PM

Spend your day off from school at the Museum for a variety of hands-on activities, crafts, stories and more.
 
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Feb

Small Discoveries: Chinese New Year

February 25, 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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