Colonel Palmer House - Summer Sundays 2013

Sorry if you missed it!  We had a great lineup of Summer Sunday activities and presentations at the Colonel Palmer House.  But don't worry -- we'll be back next summer with a new lineup! 

June 2, 2013 - "Chewing the Cud: Cows on the Farm"

Come join us on the farm as the Palmer House presents livestock farming in the late 1800's.  Hands-on demonstrations include butter and cheese making.  Enjoy a wagon ride around "Palmer's Corner" and even watch a barn raising.

July 14, 2013 - "Prairie Life: Its People, Plants & Purpose"

Before the settlers arrived, what did the land hold and how did its indigenous people live?  Step back into presettled McHenry County and discover its natural wonder.

Join the Palmer House staff as they showcase the people who lived and relied on the prairie before the settlers arrived from the east in the 1830’s. Members of the La Compagnie du Pays d’Illinois, a group of living history interpreters join us to portray the French and Early British period fur trade as well as French-Potawatomi Métis life ways. Hands on demonstrations include, food ways and preparation, as well as plant uses in medicines, dyes, and ceremonial purposes. Nature Center manager, John Fiorina will discuss the restoration of the native prairie based on the 1820 survey of IL. Discover what plants are native to our prairie and how the prairie has changed over time. Children will enjoy creating their own Potawatomi head band with the assistance of NHS students from Jacobs High School.

Exhibits inside the home include, Native American artifacts on loan from living history interpreter Jean-Claude St. Martin and the McHenry County Historical Society. Palmer family and house history of the Federal and Greek Revival style home built in 1858 will be presented. Visitors are invited to enjoy refreshments provided by the Crystal Lake Historical Society that will be served in Mrs. Palmer’s kitchen. 

August 11, 2013 - "Weaving a Tale: Coverlets, Quilts, and the Art of Storytelling"

Before the age of radio and television, passing information from person to person was done orally through storytelling.  Meet us under the shade of Colonel Palmer's oaks and sugar maples for an afternoon of storytelling.  Historians of coverlets and quilts join us to share how they "weave a tale".