East Washington Street

Momence Heritage Day
June 8, 2019

Welcome to the city of Momence, Illinois! On the second Saturday of June each year, the community comes together for a celebration of our past, the people who founded and influenced our success, and the local and national events that shaped our history. Commencing in 2017 as a re-dedication of the Little Red Schoolhouse and a self-guided tour of Momence's historic sites, the Heritage Day event grew tremendously in its second year, and 2019 will have similar activities available at each of our museums, as well as in our historic downtown and on Island Park. The 2019 Heritage Day event will be focused mainly in the Civil War era, with a concentration on Momence connections to the war.

2019 Heritage Day Events

Shown below are some of the exciting activities we have planned for this year's Heritage Day. We are currently finalizing activities for the 2019 event - so check back often for updates!

We are now taking registrations for Street Vendors and Community Organizations
who wish to participate.

Momence Heritage Day logo


  • Stanford's Battery Living Civil War History at Momence Island Park
  • Ron Selle and Darlene Agner - Music of the Civil War at the Earl D. Schoeffner Farm Museum
  • "Life and Music During the Civil War" Exhibit at the Graham Historic House and Museum
  • Blacksmith forge and live demonstrations (Spinning, soap making, scouting, laceworking, etc.) at Conrad Park Pioneer Cabin
  • Free Trolley rides from exhibit to exhibit throughout town from 12:30 to 5:00
  • Live Music on East Washington Street from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. New music each hour!
  • French Canadian Fur Trapping and Hunting Exhibit at Island Park

More Activities

  • Silhouette Artist Ms. Nina Nightingale at Edward Chipman Public Library.
  • Theatiki Fife and Drum Corp: Graham Historic House & Island Park
  • Street vendors, living history exhibits and more throughout town
  • Museum exhibits, community organization booths and additional vendors at Heritage Hall (City Hall)
  • Mrs. Abraham Lincoln discusses her life and times at Mt. Airy Little Red School House
  • Abraham Lincoln strolls throughout town during the day
  • Street Dance: Loretto Lane from 7 to 11 p.m. on East Washington Street in front of Off the Vine
Van Drunen Farms Engineering newly renovated building

Opening Ceremony

The newly renovated home of Van Drunen Farms Engineering Department at 128 E. Washington Street will be the location for this year's opening ceremony.

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Trolley exterior

Trolley Service

Chicago Trolley and Double Decker Company is providing us with FREE "Hop-On - Hop-Off" Tours of the activities throughout town.

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Theatiki Fife & Drum Corps

Theatiki Fife & Drum Corps

The Corps will perform at the Graham House to open the "Life and Music During the Civil War" Exhibit with a flag raising ceremony at 1:00pm, and also on Island Park along side Stanford's Battery.

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Graham House Civil War Exhibit poster

Life and Music of the Civil War Exhibit at the Graham House

Don't miss the opening of the Graham House's newest Selle-Agner Exhibit "Life and Music of the Civil War". There will be a number of new exhibits throughout the house.

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Stanford Battery

Stanford's Battery

A living Civil War Encampment on Island Park, complete with rifles and cannon, displays, and a medical tent.

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L'Alliance Reenacting Group

L'Alliance French Fur Traders

L’Alliance is a group of area re-enactors who portray the life of French Traders on the Theatiki (or Kankakee River) from 1730-1740. They will land their birchbark canoes and set up campsites at Island Park during Heritage Day, June 8, 2019. Riverine Fur Traders, from Bascobel WI, include Muskrat, Blue Eyes and Miss Lizzie will also be at Island Park portraying trapping and trading from the same era.

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Farm Museum Show

Music of the Civil War

Ron Selle and Darlene Agner will perform a moving Civil War Music show at the Earl Schoeffner Farm Museum, in conjunction with the Life and Music of the Civil War Exhibit opening on Heritage Day at the Graham Historic House.

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Mrs. Lincoln at Mt. Airy School

Mrs. Lincoln

Valerie Gugala discusses the life and times of the Lincoln family at the Little Red School House.

Nina Nightingale Silhouette Artist

Nina Nightingale - Silhouette Artist

An excellent momento of the day!

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