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Chicagoland Prehistory
Event details:
September 18, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
In honor of Archaeology Awareness Month, enjoy a lecture by Great Lakes archaeologist, Dan Melone, as he discusses the Native people of pre-settlement Chicago. Dan will present his prehistoric and historic findings from the Lake and McHenry County region.
 

September 18, 2019 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Healthy Hedges
Event details:
September 19, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Learn about our efforts to eliminate buckthorn. Experts will share tips for removing this invasive species and suggest great replacement plants. Let us inspire you to join the movement toward a healthier Lake County.
 

September 19, 2019 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Object Talks: Women of Fort Sheridan
Event details:
September 25, 2019
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Take a closer look at a woman’s military uniform from Fort Sheridan and hear stories of the important roles women played in both the military and at the Fort.
 

September 25, 2019 (2:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Lake County Highlights
Event details:
September 26, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Enjoy a 30-minute guided tour of the permanent exhibition galleries.
 

September 26, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Exhibit Opening: A Celebration of Souls
Event details:
September 28, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Join us at the opening of A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico. Create crafts such as paper flowers and learn about traditions on a guided tour.
 

September 28, 2019 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Animals of the Night
Event details:
October 03, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Drop-in and learn about animals that come out at night and make a craft to take home.
 

October 03, 2019 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: A Celebration of Souls
Event details:
October 09, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Tour through the exhibit A Celebration of Souls to learn more about the traditions of Dia de Los Muertos in southern Mexico.
 

October 09, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Hops and History
Event details:
CANCELED
October 11, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Grab a beer, engage in local history and hang out with friends after hours at the Dunn Museum with Light the Lamp Brewery. Go on a scavenger hunt through the museum's galleries, learn the story of the first brewery in Lake County, and explore Day of the Dead traditions in our temporary exhibit.. This event is for ages 21+ only.
 

October 11, 2019 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
CANCELED 
Tinkering Through Time: Exploring Day of the Dead
Event details:
October 14, 2019
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Discover the story of how calaveras, humorous skeleton drawings associated with Day of the Dead, came to be and explore other traditions associated with the holiday.
 

October 14, 2019 (3:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Dryptosaurus at the Dunn: Designing a Dinosaur through Art and Science
Event details:
October 17, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Come learn about one of America's first dinosaur discoveries, Dryptosaurus. See the life-sized flesh-reconstruction of the predator and hear all about the process from the artist, Tyler Keillor, who created it.
 

October 17, 2019 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Chocolate in LIfe and Death
Event details:
October 20, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Learn about how chocolate was made and consumed in ancient Mexico and its use in Dia de los Muertos traditions today. We’ll grind roasted cacao beans on a metate and demonstrate how to prepare a traditional drinking chocolate.
 

October 20, 2019 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Homeschool Companion: A Celebration of Souls
Event details:
October 23, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Join other homeschoolers to explore the exhibition A Celebration of Souls: Day of the Dead in Southern Mexico. Learn more about the traditions of this holiday through a tour of the exhibit and hands-on activities.
 

October 23, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
Lunchtime Tours: A Celebration of Souls
Event details:
October 23, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Tour through the exhibit A Celebration of Souls to learn more about the traditions of Dia de Los Muertos in southern Mexico.
 

October 23, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Dunn Museum Teacher Open House
Event details:
October 24, 2019
TOH
5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Learn about exciting programs and resources for your class. Take part in sessions with Museum Education staff and Environmental Education staff, including learning about our new Teacher Ambassador program (see the document below for program details).
 

October 24, 2019 (5:00 PM - 8:00 PM)
Family Celebration Day
Event details:
October 26, 2019
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Experience the exhibit, A Celebration of Souls, through crafts, activities, and demonstrations and learn more about the traditions of Dia de Los Muertos in Mexico.
 

October 26, 2019 (10:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Bilingual Storytime: The Dead Family Diaz
Event details:
October 30, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
¡Conoce las tradiciones mexicanas sobre el Día de Muertos! Nos divertimos con cuentos, canciones y manualidades.

Learn about the Mexican traditions about the Day of the Dead! We will have fun with stories, songs and crafts.
 

October 30, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Lunchtime Tours: A Celebration of Souls
Event details:
November 01, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Tour through the exhibit A Celebration of Souls to learn more about the traditions of Dia de Los Muertos in southern Mexico.
 

November 01, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Lake County History Symposium
Event details:
November 02, 2019
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10:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Open to the public, this annual symposium focuses on Lake County history. Join us for a fascinating series of presentations on this year’s theme, "Prohibition in Lake County."
 

November 02, 2019 (10:00 AM - 1:30 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Foodways
Event details:
November 06, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Discover the many ways people have produced, prepared and consumed food in Lake County.
 

November 06, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Green your Home
Event details:
November 07, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Clean your house and help the planet. Come make safe and effective eco-friendly cleaning products. Learn the best alternatives to commercial cleaning products and what ingredients are environmentally safe.
 

November 07, 2019 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Small Discoveries: Funny Bones
Event details:
November 08, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Discover the story of how calaveras, humorous skeleton drawings associated with Day of the Dead, came to be through crafts, activities, and more.
 

November 08, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Senior Series: What's in a Name
Event details:
November 13, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Lake County’s rich tapestry of history is woven into the very fibers of its place names. With over 500 place names associated with the county’s communities, this presentation delves into the origins of names in terms of the individuals and events that influenced them.
 

November 13, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Cuentos from the Americas
Event details:
November 21, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Hear a combination of ancient legends, myths, folktales, and personal tales from North, Central and South America in this engaging musical and movement performance from storyteller Jasmin Cardenas.
 

November 21, 2019 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Foodways
Event details:
November 22, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Discover the many ways people have produced, prepared and consumed food in Lake County.
 

November 22, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
How Corn Changed Itself and then Changed Everything Else
Event details:
November 23, 2019
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Hear Cynthia Clampitt tell the story of how corn has developed over its 10,000 history. Starting off as a weedy grass in Mexico, it was nurtured by Native Americans, then spanned the globe and drove westward expansion. Find out about its historical impact and why it is so vital today. This program is supported by Illinois Humanities.
 

November 23, 2019 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
 
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