Summer Sunday Continues on July 20 with “The Year Was 1914 – A Centennial Celebration.”

The 2014 Summer Sunday Series at Colonel Palmer House continues on Sunday, July 20, 1-4 pm with a historical look at the city of Crystal Lake during 1914. “The Year Was 1914 – A Centennial Celebration.”

This FREE program takes place on the grounds of the beautiful historic Colonel Palmer house, 660 East Terra Cotta Ave (Route 176) in Crystal Lake. Summer Sunday programs are free and open to people of all ages. Summer Sundays are a cooperative event with the Crystal Lake Park District and the Crystal Lake Historical Society.


Come experience and learn how residents of our fair city lived in 1914, the year the towns of North Crystal Lake and Crystal Lake joined to become The City of Crystal Lake. Mayor William Pinnow, the City’s 1st mayor will be on hand to greet residents and introduce Jenny Ford, the first women to be elected City Treasurer. Presentations include how the start of WWI had an effect on the U.S., how the Women’s Improvement Club of Crystal Lake influenced city annexation, and the opportunity to vote based on where you live today. Cars of the era will be on display and entertainment will be provided by the two groups from the Crystal Lake Community Band and the Clef Notes Barbershop Quartet. See exhibits inside the house including, “Crystal Lake – Then and Now”, “Fashion of 1914” and “The Silent Film Era,” then enjoy an old fashion ice cream social under the shade of Colonel Palmer’s oak’s and maple’s. Ice cream is generously provided by Baskin Robbins of Crystal Lake.

The Colonel Palmer House located at 660 E. Terra Cotta Rd. was built c.1858 by settlers Gustavus and Henrietta Palmer. Located on its original site, the home was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Currently the home is maintained by the Crystal Lake Park District and home to the Crystal Lake Historical Society. For further information contact Mary Ott at (815) 477-5873, or via email palmerhouse@crystallakeparks.org.

 Summer Sunday dates and theme:

Sunday, July 20, 1-4 pm: The Year Was 1914 – A Centennial Celebration.

Sunday, August 10, 1-4 pm: Chores on the Farm: Farm Life in the 1800’s


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