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 Schedule

Time Specific Events

  • Noon - Opening Ceremony at the Van Drunen Farms Engineering Bldg., 128 E. Washington Street
  • 12:30-2:30 p.m. - Musical performance East Washington Street Main Stage: ELIANA WESTON
  • 1:00 p.m. - Flag Raising Ceremony and Theatiki Fife & Drum Corps performance at the Graham Historic House and Museum, 117 N. Dixie Highway
  • 1:00 p.m. - L’Alliance French traders and voyageurs dock at Island Park. Watch the birch bark canoes land at Island Park, then follow them as they make camp
  • 2:00 p.m. - Ron Selle and Darlene Agner: Music of the Civil War Musical Performance at the Earl D. Schoeffner Farm Museum - 105 E. 2nd Street
  • 2:00 p.m. - Theatiki Fife & Drum Corps at Island Park
  • 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. - Main Street Momence Office. Building owners of the Downtown Momence Historic District can pick up the letter designating their building to the National Register of Historic Places.
  • 2:30-4:00 p.m. - Musical performance East Washington Street Main Stage TRIMEX
  • 3:00 p.m. - Local writer and author Phil Angelo - "Kankakee County and the Civil War" at Main Street Momence, 103 N. Dixie Highway
  • 4:00-5:30 p.m. Musical performance East Washington Street Main Stage: THE McDOWELL BROTHERS featuring Momence’s own CHRISTINA PEDROZA
  • 4:30 p.m. Raffle baskets drawings at Heritage Hall
  • 7:00 – 11:30 p.m. - Musical Performance, East Washington Street Main Stage – Heritage Day Family Friendly Street Dance featuring LORETTO LANE

Don't forget to have your tickets punched for the raffle baskets available at 7 locations. You must have at least 5 punches to qualify. Locations are listed on the right with a *.

All-Day Events 12:30-5:30 unless otherwise noted

  • Stanford’s Battery Civil War Living History
  • L’Alliance French-Canadian Hunting and Fur-Trapping Exhibits
  • New cricket games starting every hour next to the field house.
  • Blacksmith and Spinner at Pioneer Cabin in Conrad Park. *
  • Silhouette Artist Nina Nightingale at the Library at 126 N. Locust St. from Noon-4:00 p.m. *
  • Earl D. Schoeffner Farm Museum - located at 105 E. 2nd Street, Agriculture museum with the addition of Music of the Civil War artifacts in conjunction with the Graham House across the street. *
  • Opening Day for the "Life and Music During the Civil War" Exhibit at the Graham Historic House and Museum - 117 North Dixie Highway, 1:00-5:00 p.m Also a Conrad Bakery exhibit, tours and more. *
  • Heritage Hall Historians and More - City Hall, 105 W. Washington Street. Susie Butterfield, Seth Burkey’s Kasler Home Memorial exhibit, local author Tracy Ahrens with four of her children’s books to talk about and to sell. Other historic organizations will be present as well. *
  • Mrs. Lincoln at Mt. Airy Little Red School House - at 125 W. 5th Street from 12:30-4:30 p.m. All Momence area teachers will receive a gift from the Schoolhouse. *
  • Kevin McNulty will be at the Momence Railroad Depot Museum, 691 N. Dixie Highway, from 12:30 to 5:00 with his Pat O'Brien exhibit and a large-screen video display of hundreds of old Momence photographs. *

* Denotes raffle basket location

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 and dedication of the building at noon.

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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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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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Eliana Weston

All Day Musical Entertainment

Eliana Weston - just one of many musical acts performing on the Main Stage on East Washington Street throughout the day.

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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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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 at 2:00 pm, 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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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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Mrs. Lincoln at Mt. Airy School

Mrs. Lincoln

Mary Lincoln comes to life as presented by Valerie Gugala. She sets the historical record straight as she takes listeners through her life as a young woman born to a wealthy Lexington, KY family, and the transformation she made from that life to become the wife of a young man whose background was just the opposite. Mrs. Lincoln takes the audience through the Lincoln family’s life in Springfield, Abraham’s political career and election to the presidency, and their life in the White House during the Civil War. Mrs. Lincoln will be at the Mt. Airy Little Red Schoolhouse from 12:30-4:30.

Steve Gross and Abe Lincoln

Meet "Abe Lincoln"!

President Abraham Lincoln, as portrayed by Vernon Risty, will once again be escorted through Momence by our very own Steve Gross, who will be dressed as a Union Soldier. Vernon Risty has been portraying Abraham Lincoln for many years, and has been a member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters since 1993. His presentations are suitable for all ages, from young children to mature adults. This dynamic duo will be making guest appearances at several of the day's events, and will be happy to pose for photographs with you.

Nina Nightingale Silhouette Artist

Nina Nightingale - Silhouette Artist

Nina Nightingale is a professional fine artist practicing the rare art of SILHOUETTE PORTRAITURE, in which she will cut your shadow from paper with no writing instruments - simply freehand drawing with scissors. It takes Nina about 90 seconds to cut a guest’s perfect likeness from a piece of paper.

Kevin McNulty at the Depot

Kevin McNulty at the Depot

Kevin McNulty will once again be at the Depot with a video display of historic Momence photographs, as well as Pat O'Brien materials.

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Blacksmith Ethan Stone

Ethan Stone - Blacksmith

Momence native Ethan Stone will be back again this year outside the Pioneer Cabin at Conrad Park demonstrating the nearly lost art of blacksmithing.

Spinner Tricia Dean

Tricia Dean - Spinner

Tricia Dean enjoys playing in the Society of Creative Anachronism (SCA), as they let her indulge her fascination with fiber, leather, bead making, sewing, researching, and language. She will demonstrate spinning inside the Pioneer Cabin at Conrad Park.

Momence Heritage Foundation

The mission statement of the Momence Heritage Foundation is to provide education to every citizen regarding how the city was formed, who the forefathers were and the contributions they brought to the community, what our government looked like at the beginning and through the ages, as well as the contributions to the community through business, churches, schools, civic and charitable organizations. With this in mind, we keep close contact with genealogy societies, historical societies, local residents with comprehensive knowledge of the past, the Library, the Courthouse and many other organizations in town to acquire and continually update our knowledge base to share with others. In addition, our further mission is to compile the history of Momence buildings, parks, homes and structures of every kind. The culmination of this year-long process is the annual Momence Heritage Days event taking place on the second weekend in June of each year, with the main education festival being on the second Saturday in June annually. Live re-enactments, exhibits, cultural demonstrations, vendors with products from days gone by, street musicians, and other musical acts are all encouraged as part of this historic weekend. To ensure this can be experienced by every citizen and visitor, it is the goal of the Momence Heritage Foundation to provide every single event, demonstration, re-enactment, street music, etc. free of charge to everyone who attends.

Spokesman Steve Gross talks to Event Chair Beth Crouch


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