The 25th Galesburg Heritage Days

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Welcome to the 25th
 Galesburg Heritage Days!

See the excitement, feel the history.

Come see the H. L. Hunley- Confederate Submarine, Traveling Exhibit! Admission is free at the
25th Galesburg Heritage Days
August 16th-18th, 2019
Located at Lake Storey Park
Galesburg, Illinois

Especially in this our 25th year, we are excited to bring you one of the Midwest's largest and most unique free admission living history events to be held at historic Lake Storey Park in Galesburg Illinois. Lake Storey is on the far north side of town, with 430 acres of wooded and rolling lands, all camps are on the shores of a 130 acre lake. Lake Storey Park is an absolutely beautiful location.

Featuring both a Pre-1840 Early American Colonial/Frontier Rendezvous, and a thoroughly fielded Civil War Battle Encampment/ Reenactment, The 25th Galesburg Heritage Days is held at two separate but close venues at Lake Storey Park, all on the same weekend.

Come share in the excitement with almost 1,000 fellow reenactors-living historians and almost 50 merchants and sutlers. Make plans to join us at The 25th Galesburg Heritage Days, a free public admission family friendly event.

New for 2019!
The H. L. Hunley

    We will be bringing- all the way from Charleston SC, the Official (and full size Confederate submarine) H. L. Hunley Traveling Exhibit to Galesburg Heritage Days, for our Friday August 16th School Education Day (held on the rendezvous grounds) and then open to the public on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th, appearing at the Civil War encampment!
     In 1864, armed with a 135-pound explosive mine "torpedo"  attached to a long spar, for the first time in world history a submarine- the Confederate submarine H. L.  Hunley attacked and sank an enemy vessel, the Federal sloop USS Housatonic, at the entrance to Charleston SC Harbor. After the successful attack, the Hunley was reported seen backing away from the stricken Federal ship but, was never seen again, until...
    In 1995 the wreck of the Hunley was finally located and recovered in 2000. What about the legend? Did Hunley Commander- Lt. Dixon really carry an engraved and bent gold coin from his fiance- one that a Yankee bullet struck more than a year prior, saving his life? 
     Today's' Hunley crew will share their full size Confederate submarine replica along with stories, pictures and bios of each 1863-1864 crewmen.

Eddie Price

     Appearing at the Rendezvous Venue both Saturday and Sunday, Eddie Price grew up on the tobacco farms and hayfields of western Kentucky. After teaching high school and college history for 36 years, Eddie embarked upon the career of full-time writer.

      His historical early 1800s era novels, Widder’s Landing and One Drop-A Slave! gained instant critical acclaim and he began presenting programs to historical and genealogical societies and events, libraries and arts councils, patriotic organizations, schools, colleges, and universities.

      His children’s books soon became a hit with younger audiences. The Little Miss Grubby Toes Misadventure Series is popular with classrooms all over America. Winner of the Moms Choice Awards, Florida Authors & Publishers Awards, and Readers Favorite Awards, Eddie visits schools, book fairs, and events presenting an engaging program for children and adults alike, featuring a puppet show, singing, and activities.

      Eddie has presented in national and state parks, frontier villages, and other historic sites, and for many state and national organizations like the Daughters and Sons of the American Revolution, the Society of 1812 and Daughters of 1812 and more.


Faire Wynds Circus

     Back for our 25th year and appearing at the Rendezvous Venue, the early traveling entertainers of this country were families, often consisting of just a mom and dad and two or three children. 
     Those early circuses were by-and-large families, and indeed many of the performers in today's circuses are from circus families-a lifestyle one certainly will either love or hate. The basis for Faire Wynds is two-fold-to entertain a modern audience, while educating them of the past.
     A memorable and historic family friendly show that you have just got to see!

Admission is free, please share and spread the word about this rare opportunity to see real history in person, thanks!...

Public admission-parking is always free. Will you help out with a thoughtful donation? Any consideration is welcome and appreciated! 

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