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Profiles in Excellence: Power of Words
Event details:
February 17, 2019
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2:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Join us for an inspiring afternoon in honor of Black History at the 36th annual Profiles in Excellence event.
 

February 17, 2019 (2:00 PM - 4:30 PM)
Tinkering Through Time: Discovering Dinosaurs
Event details:
February 20, 2019
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Test your paleontology skills by examining fossils and casts and learning about a variety of dinosaurs that lived in our area.
 

February 20, 2019 (3:30 PM - 4:30 PM)
Behind the Scenes Tour
Event details:
February 21, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Take a rare peek at our collections care and storage facility. Guided by our collections staff, experience an in-depth tour focused on unique objects in our collection.
 

February 21, 2019 (6:00 PM - 7:30 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: African American History Makers
Event details:
February 22, 2019
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 such as Amos Bennett, the first African American settler, the Golden Thirteen Navy divers, and James Brister, the first African American dentist in Lake County.
 

February 22, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Women's History Month
Event details:
March 06, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Celebrate National Women’s History Month by learning about powerful Lake County women who made history.
 

March 06, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Teacher Training - A Day with Adlai
Event details:
March 07, 2019
9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Learn about this influential American statesman known as “the man from Libertyville” and discover ways to incorporate this notable local figure into your classroom lesson plans. Professional development credits available.
 

March 07, 2019 (9:00 AM - 1:00 PM)
Volunteer Open House
Event details:
March 07, 2019
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5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Explore volunteer opportunities available throughout the forest preserves—both indoors and out. Meet staff and volunteers to find an ideal fit that will set you on the path to giving back, meeting new people and learning new things.
 

March 07, 2019 (5:00 PM - 7:30 PM)
Marvelocity Opening Celebration
Event details:
March 09, 2019
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Join us for a fun-filled day to celebrate the opening of the exhibition Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross. Be the first to see how Alex Ross has shaped and influenced the superheroes we know and love today, including Captain America, Spider-Man and the Hulk. Celebration activities include creating a superhero mask, testing out your superpowers, tours of the exhibit and a book signing by Alex Ross from 2–5 pm.
 

March 09, 2019 (10:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
The Journey to Mollie’s War: WACS and World War II
Event details:
March 09, 2019
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Members of the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) were the first women, other than nurses, to serve overseas during World War II. Presenter Cyndee Schaffer’s mother, Mollie Weinstein Schaffer, was one of those women. Drawing upon excerpts from Mollie’s letters sent home during the war, this
presentation provides a romantic, yet frightful glimpse into the life of a woman in uniform during this crucial time in history.
 

March 09, 2019 (11:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Small Discoveries: Spring on the Prairie
Event details:
March 13, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Join us in the wigwam to learn how the Potawatomi spent time in the spring. We will read stories, play Potawatomi games and make a craft.
 

March 13, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Homeschool Companion: Comic Book Art
Event details:
March 20, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Join other homeschoolers to explore the exhibition Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross. Learn about comic book illustration and art techniques through hands-on activities.
 

March 20, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:30 AM)
Rogue v. Citizen Heroes: Superheroes and Zeitgeist
Event details:
March 21, 2019
6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
College of Lake County sociology professors John and Maria Jose Tenuto contrast the definitions of “citizen” and “rogue” heroes. Using examples from comic books and superhero films, they will show how the most popular characters at a given time are a reflection of what the society is experiencing.
 

March 21, 2019 (6:30 PM - 7:30 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Women's History Month
Event details:
March 22, 2019
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum
1899 W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Celebrate National Women’s History Month by learning about powerful Lake County women who made history.
 

March 22, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Museum Curiosity Stations
Event details:
March 26, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899. W Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Rotate through the exhibition galleries to experience a variety of hands-on activities.
 

March 26, 2019 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Tinkering Through Time: Mastodon Mysteries
Event details:
March 27, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
How big were mastodons? How did they survive in the cold? Find out the answers to these questions through experiments, crafts and investigating fossil casts.
 

March 27, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Museum Family Crafts
Event details:
March 28, 2019
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

Spend your spring break creating themed crafts around the exhibition, Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross.
 

March 28, 2019 (10:00 AM - 12:00 PM)
Animal Superheroes
Event details:
April 04, 2019
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Put on your favorite superhero shirt and join us to learn about the amazing superhero animals of Lake County.
 

April 04, 2019 (5:30 PM - 6:30 PM)
Hops and History
Event details:
April 05, 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. Join Tighthead Brewery as you search for answers to tricky and humorous questions on a scavenger hunt through the exhibition galleries. Enjoy a tasting with each correct answer! This event is for ages 21+ only.
 

April 05, 2019 (7:00 PM - 9:00 PM)
Lunchtime Tours: Foodways
Event details:
April 10, 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.
 

April 10, 2019 (12:00 PM - 12:30 PM)
Object Talks: Cradleboard
Event details:
April 11, 2019
2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Bess Bower Dunn Museum of Lake County
1899 W. Winchester Road
Libertyville,IL
60048

How did the Potawatomi care for their children in the 19th century? Are cradleboards still used today? Find out the answers to these questions and more as we take a closer look at a circa 1900 cradleboard from our Museum collections, and learn about Potawatomi childcare and family life.
 

April 11, 2019 (2:00 PM - 2:30 PM)
Small Discoveries: Rainy Days
Event details:
April 17, 2019
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
From crafts to games to science experiments, discover different ways you can keep yourself entertained on rainy days.
 

April 17, 2019 (10:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement
Event details:
April 18, 2019
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Songs played a vital role in the Civil Rights Movement as an inspirational rallying point and as a way to spread the message of equality and justice. Intermixed with pivotal songs that inspired the movement, Illinois folksinger Chris Vallillo presents first-hand accounts of the historic struggle and
discusses the impact of music on this important social cause in our nation’s history.
 

April 18, 2019 (6:00 PM - 7:00 PM)
 
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