Welcome to the Prairie

Welcome to the Prairie

9/10/2022 to 9/10/2022 | 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Program Location: Museum of the Grand Prairie, Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve, 950 N Lombard St, Mahomet, IL 61853

All are welcome to go back in time and experience some pieces of life in nineteenth century east-central Illinois! In collaboration with the University of Illinois YMCA, this year’s event will be a part of Welcoming Week. Through Welcoming Week, organizations and communities bring together neighbors of all backgrounds to build strong connections and affirm the importance of welcoming and inclusive places in achieving collective prosperity. The day begins with artisan demonstrations, including blacksmithing and outdoor cooking. Hands-on activities like candle dipping and butter churning begin at noon. We will also feature live American folk music and dancing! Enjoy 19th century schoolhouse lessons and discover many methods of textile work! Welcome a new friend to make hand-cranked ice cream together or enjoy the fun of making ice cream in a bag. The day’s festivities will also include guided nature hikes offered in multiple languages exploring the Grand Prairie region’s natural past and present. Many of the event’s informational materials will be available in multiple languages as well as include pictorial directions to welcome our new friends who are celebrating Welcoming Week.

All ages. FREE. Programs may be altered or cancelled due to weather or COVID-19 related concerns. (This event was formerly known as Prairie Stories). 

For more info: (217) 586-2612 or pcain@ccfpd.org