Current Programs

The Gaylord Building endeavors to provide beneficial information in an educational yet entertaining setting.  The historic site periodically schedules workshops / classes / lectures on topics of interest to guests that relate to the site’s mission.

Details for the current schedule of programs are provided below. Most programs require registration. Guests may register either by stopping by The Gaylord Building (200 W. 8th Street, Lockport, IL) during office hours (9am-5pm weekdays) or by calling 1.815.838.9400.  Program registration requires pre-payment of participation fee.


 Limestone Stage!

Come discover the newest community theater in Illinois!  Limestone Stage is a multifaceted performing arts group.  Activities include plays, dramatic readings, comedy improv and educational workshops.

June 18th & 19th, 2016: Locks, Stock & Peril: A Canal Caper

Author Phineas T. Penname gets more than he bargains for when storyteller, Hank, spins a fantastic yarn about the Illinois & Michigan Canal.  From swarthy pirates to distressed damsels, this one-act romp down the I & M will leave audiences with a hunger for local history!

Join us for performances for Canal Days weekend!  Tickets are $5 per person.  Tickets will be available at The Gaylord Building in advance and the day(s) of the performances and on

Performance Dates & Times:

Saturday, June 18th at 12:00pm, 4:00pm and 7:00pm

Sunday, June 19th at 12:00pm and 3:00pm

For a map of the Old Canal Days Festival event locations and parking, visit the Old Canal Days website.

Discovery Dinners

Come discover the world or a little part of it without leaving Lockport!  Guests will enjoy sumptuous meals catered by the Public Landing Restaurant that will be followed by lectures on fascinating subjects by renowned experts, who have authored new works in the arts, humanities and sciences.

Discovery Dinners are held periodically in The Gaylord Building on Thursday evenings.  Doors open at 6:00 pm with a cash bar reception.  The full service dinner begins at 6:15 pm with the lecture following at 7:00 pm. Each session includes a seasonal menu and non-alcoholic beverages.  Discovery Dinners often conclude with book signings, providing guests with a chance to get up-close and personal with presenters.  Participation fee is $30 (thirty) per person, and advance registration is required by calling The Gaylord Building at 1.815.838.9400 or emailing

Reservations and payments, cash or check, can be made in person at The Gaylord Building office or by contacting the staff at 1.815.838.9400 or  For credit or debit card please use the link provided below (processing fees apply).




Program Recommendations: We are always interested in your suggestions for future programs, especially the on-going series like Discover Dinners.  If you have an idea for a program topic or presenter, please feel free to contact us by calling 1.815.838.9400 or email  Thank you!