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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 »

 


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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 »

 


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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. Learn more »

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Look, Learn, Create: Paleoart

June 16, 2016 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Learn about the dinosaurs of Lake County and how paleoartists bring prehistoric animals to life, then become a paleoartist yourself and design your own dinosaur to take home.
 
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Summer Camp: History Detectives

June 20, 2016-June 24, 2016 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Investigate some of the biggest crimes in Lake County history. Become a detective using crime-solving techniques such as fingerprinting, blood typing and eye-witness testimony to figure out whodunit and why.
 
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Summer Camp: Art in your Backyard

June 27, 2016-July 01, 2016 (09:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
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Time:09:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Explore the plants, trees, and flowers that are right outside our doors, and create art from natural materials. Projects include leaf print stationary, pressed flower art, pine cone animals and more.
 
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Civil War Days: Weekend Pass

July 09, 2016-July 10, 2016
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History comes to life at this reenactment, featuring battles, period demonstrations, kids' activities and Civil War-era shopping.
 
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Civil War Days (Saturday)

July 09, 2016 (10:00 AM - 05:00 PM)
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Time:10:00 AM - 05:00 PM

History comes to life at this reenactment, featuring battles, period demonstrations, kids' activities and Civil War-era shopping.
 
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