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Museum 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.


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Lake County History Symposium

May 14, 2016

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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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. Learn more »

Registration for re-enactors
Military and Civilian Registration »
Summer Fair Registration »
Sutler Registration »


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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. Learn more »

 


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. Learn more »

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Small Discoveries: Mother's Day

May 04, 2016 (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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Time:02:00 PM - 04:00 PM

Oh, there is nothing like a frankfurter and hard-boiled egg aspic! 1950s cooking was whimsical, colorful and at times a bit dangerous. This historical cooking class will introduce you to some of it in an amusing, entertaining and delicious way.
 
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Lake County History Symposium

May 14, 2016 (09:00 AM - 04:30 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 04:30 PM

The symposium brings together those interested in and actively researching Lake County History. Attend a series of presentations on this year’s theme, “Women in Lake County History.”
 
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The River As Time Machine

May 19, 2016 (07:00 PM - 08:00 PM)
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Time:07:00 PM - 08:00 PM

The Lake County Discovery Museum will play host to Brian "Fox" Ellis, a Road Scholar with Illinois Humanities. Riverlorian Ellis invites us on a musical ramble through history that will explore how we humans have shaped the rivers, how the rivers have changed through time, and the importance of rivers in the layers of human history.
 
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