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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)
Small Discoveries: Winter Wonderland
Event details:
December 04, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Bundle up, it’s a winter wonderland! Enjoy stories and crafts centered around snowflakes, snowmen, and all things winter.
 

December 04, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Is it Winter Yet? Wildlife in Your Backyard.
Event details:
December 05, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Using live animals and biofacts we will examine how animals are preparing for winter. Songs, sign-language, puppets and stories will enhance the learning.
 

December 05, 2019 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Winter in Lake County
Event details:
December 11, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Examine the megafauna of the Ice Age, Potawatomi wigwams, ice harvesting on Diamond Lake and more to learn how Lake County has survived and thrived in the cold.
 

December 11, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Object Talks: The American Mastodon
Event details:
December 12, 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 fossilized mastodon leg bone and tooth to learn more about this massive Ice Age mammal and hear the fascinating story of how it was found.
 

December 12, 2019 (2:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Winter in Lake County
Event details:
December 19, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Examine the megafauna of the Ice Age, Potawatomi wigwams, ice harvesting on Diamond Lake and more to learn how Lake County has survived and thrived in the cold.
 

December 19, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Preserving Lake County History
Event details:
December 19, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Step back in time to meet the individuals whose efforts preserved Lake County’s historical and natural heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries.
 

December 19, 2019 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
New Year's Celebration
Event details:
December 31, 2019
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Through crafts and activities, learn how people around the world celebrate the start of the new year.
 

December 31, 2019 (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Museum Family Crafts
Event details:
January 02, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Spend your winter break creating free winter-themed crafts at the Dunn Museum.
 

January 02, 2020 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Ice Age Encounters
Event details:
January 02, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Come investigate the Ice Age through hands-on demonstrations, looking at fossil casts, and comparing and contrasting to animals today.
 

January 02, 2020 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Museum Curiosity Stations
Event details:
January 03, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899. W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Rotate through the Museum's galleries to experience a variety of hands-on activities.
 

January 03, 2020 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: The First People of Lake County
Event details:
January 08, 2020
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Spend time learning about the first people of Lake County in our gallery and wigwam exhibit.
 

January 08, 2020 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Senior Series: Waukegan’s Blodgett Brothers
Event details:
January 15, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Hear the stories of one of Waukegan’s early families, the Blodgetts, including their involvement in anti-slavery societies, the Civil War, and Abraham Lincoln’s visit to Waukegan.
 

January 15, 2020 (2:00 PM - 3:00 PM)
Mobile Apps for the Nature Lover
Event details:
January 16, 2020
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Learn about nature applications for your phone and how they can help enrich your outside adventures.
 

January 16, 2020 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
Museum Curiosity Stations
Event details:
January 20, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899. W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Rotate through the Museum's galleries to experience a variety of hands-on activities.
 

January 20, 2020 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: The First People of Lake County
Event details:
January 22, 2020
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Spend time learning about the first people of Lake County in our gallery and wigwam exhibit.
 

January 22, 2020 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Votes For Women Celebration
Event details:
January 23, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Mundelein's Kirk Players present an evening of performances honoring the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, guaranteeing and protecting women's constitutional right to vote. There will be a professional storyteller, historical speeches and a presentation of a one-act play, "A Woman's Influence" by Gertrude Jennings.
 

January 23, 2020 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Exhibit Opening: Reima V. Ratti: Life and Art in the Great Depression
Event details:
January 24, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Join us for the opening of the exhibit: Reima V. Ratti: Life and Art in the Great Depression. Hear about the artist’s life, learn about Lake County in the Great Depression, and explore Ratti's works of art with gallery talks.
 

January 24, 2020 (5:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: African American History Makers
Event details:
February 05, 2020
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Learn about African American historymakers from Lake County, including the first African American settler, the Golden Thirteen Navy divers, and James Brister, the first African American dentist in Lake County.
 

February 05, 2020 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Backyard Birds
Event details:
February 06, 2020
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
Come learn about the birds you are likely to see this winter and how to increase the chances of them visiting your backyard. You will even be able to make your own pine cone bird feeder to take home!
 

February 06, 2020 (5:30 PM - 7:00 PM)
Profiles in Excellence
Event details:
February 09, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Join us for an inspiring afternoon of presentations and performances in honor of black history at the 37th annual Profiles in Excellence..
 

February 09, 2020 (2:00 PM - 4:00 PM)
Object Talks: Lincoln's Lantern
Event details:
February 12, 2020
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Join us on Lincoln’s birthday to learn about an object in the Museum's collection once owned by Lincoln. Hear about his connections to Lake County and Lake County’s role in the Civil War.
 

February 12, 2020 (11:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
Museum Family Crafts
Event details:
February 17, 2020
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Spend your President’s Day off at the Dunn Museum creating themed crafts.
 

February 17, 2020 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Reima Ratti
Event details:
February 17, 2020
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Tour the exhibit Reima V. Ratti: Life and Art in the Great Depression, to learn more about the artist, his work and his roots in Lake County.
 

February 17, 2020 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Look, Learn, Create: Reima Ratti
Event details:
February 19, 2020
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
View and discuss the work of Lake County artist, Reima Ratti, and create works of art inspired by his drawings and paintings.
 

February 19, 2020 (10:30 AM - 11:30 AM)
Native Drum Circle and Storytelling
Event details:
February 20, 2020
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Join us for a presentation of traditional Native Woodland singing and storytelling by the Seven Springs All Nations Drum from Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
 

February 20, 2020 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: African American History Makers
Event details:
February 26, 2020
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Learn about African American historymakers from Lake County, including the first African American settler, the Golden Thirteen Navy divers, and James Brister, the first African American dentist in Lake County.
 

February 26, 2020 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
 
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