Past Programs

 

September 22nd-24th, 2016
Good Humor II: Revenge of the One Acts
Introducing more than 10 new actors to the Limestone Stage, GH2 will have 4 adult comedies including:

Murder by Midnight by Jeff Goode
Big Black Box by Cleve Haubold
H.R. by Eric Coble
A Job’s a Job by Christopher Demian

April 7th-April 10th, 2016
The Taming of the Shrew
Grumio and Hortensio both long to wed the beautiful Bianca.  Unfortunately, her mother, Baptista, will not let her marry unless her hot-tempered sister, Katherine also has a suitor.  Luckily, Petruchio has come to town to “Wife it wealthily in Padua.”  He is in search of a bride…any bride will do.  Grumio and Hortensio see this as their golden opportunity, but can Petruchio tame and wed the shrewish Katherine so Bianca may have the man of her choice?  Only time will tell!
Limestone Stage is presenting The Taming of the Shrew as part of the 400th anniversary celebration of the works of William Shakespeare and his continuing impact on theater.

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Discovery Dinner: Randhurst: Suburban Chicago’s Grandest Shopping Center with author Greg Peerbolte
At the time of its completion in 1962, Chicago’s Randhurst Shopping Center was billed as the world’s largest shopping center under one roof. Its brash and flamboyant architect, Victor Gruen, the man known as the “Father of the Shopping Mall,” declared Randhurst different from any established building type in the world. Gruen turned commercial architecture into an art form, in turn making himself a household name. This is the narrative of the people who walked Randhurst’s corridors, from Robert F. Kennedy to Mr. T; of stores and their stories; of the parties, pomp and personalities involved in the life, death and rebirth of an exceptional and atypical place. This is Randhurst.

December 17th-December 20th, 2015
Limestone Stage Presents: A Carol for Tiny Tim
This warm and wonderful play takes place 15 years after old Scrooge’s miraculous transformation as he continues to honor Christmas in his heart. Jacob Marley has once again called the three Spirits of Christmas to reconvene. This time, however, it is the grown-up Tiny Tim who needs their holiday help. Now a spoiled young man, he uses his past infirmity as his crutch to collect sympathy and money from family and friends. Jacob feels a visit by the Spirits of Christmas Present, Past and Future is just what Tim needs to learn how to truly stand on his own two feet. Viewing his life, from humble beginnings to a frightening future, Tim comes to realize that he has become self-centered and vows to change his selfish ways in the same manner as Mr. Scrooge. Audiences can rest assured that Tim (no longer “Tiny” in any way) will learn his lesson and once again exclaim, “God bless us everyone!” This sequel to one of the holiday’s most enduring tales is destined to become a classic in itself, and will delight theatregoers as they see all their favorite characters in new situations.  Written by John R. Carroll

Thursday, October 22, 2015
Art in Lockport- Rejuvenating Partnerships
Staff from the Illinois State Museum, Lockport Gallery, will be discussing the tremendous support it has received in recent months and what the community can do to support it’s ongoing mission.  Also, Members from the Summer Art Series Committee will be speaking of the impact the Summer Art Series has had in Lockport and the surrounding communities.

October 15th-October 17th, 2015
Limestone Stage Presents: Nightfall with Edgar Allen Poe
Edgar Allan Poe stands alone in the flickering darkness of his mind, trying desperately to convince himself — and us — that he’s not mad. The spell he weaves brings us a highly theatrical adaptation of four tales Poe himself considered his best: “The Raven,” “The Fall of the House of Usher,” “The Pit and the Pendulum,” and “The Tell-Tale Heart.” Enter the world of Poe and check your heartbeat at the door.

Saturday, August 15th, 2015
Community Theater Basics Workshop
Community Theater Basics gave participants the opportunity to see what Lockport’s Community Theater does and how they do it. This Workshop was presented by Cassandra Balaskas and Kit Lindblom, Artistic Director of Limestone Stage.

June 18-21, 2015
44th Annual Old Canal Days
Thursday, June 18th through Sunday, June 21st was the annual summer tradition! This year’s Artisans and Antiquities Show was be bigger and better than ever before with more Fine Arts and more Fine Crafts. Show hours were Saturday, June 20, 2015 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, June 21, 2015 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Public admission FREE!

April 30, 2015
Discovery Dinner- Lincoln and the Close of the Civil War
Br. John Vietoris, FSC, Ph.D. of Lewis University will deliver an illustrated presentation marking the end of the Civil War and the 150th anniversary of the Lincoln Funeral Train, which passed through Lockport, IL. This program is in partnership with the Joliet Historical Museum’s Civil War programming.

April 16-19, 2015
Limestone Stage- Neil Simon’s The Odd Couple, Female Version
Unger and Madison are at it again! Florence Unger and Olive Madison, that is, in the female version of Neil Simon’s comedy classic, The Odd Couple. This version takes the classic characters and gives them a 1980’s twist. Olivia Madison is just getting used to being divorced and is looking to fill her lonely single life with something. So she invites her obsessive- compulsive neat-nik friend, Florence Unger, to move in to her apartment while the dust settles from Florence getting kicked out by her husband of 14 years. The Odd Couple, female version, is based on the same comedic masterpiece we all love and remember.

March 26, 2015
Discovery Dinner- The I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor at 30
A presentation by Gerald Adelmann about the development of the I & M Canal becoming the nation’s first National Heritage Area.

November 16, 2014
Sacred Harp Singing
Singing workshop presented by Chicago Sacred Harp Society.

November 8, 2014
Limestone Stage – Play Along: Secrets of Improv!
Improv comedy workshop instructed by Kevin Traynor.

November 6, 2014
Discovery Dinner – Civil War Chicago: Eyewitness to History
An overview of their new history book by the same title, presented by Dr. Eileen M. McMahon of Lewis University and Dr. Theodore J. Karamanski of Loyola University of Chicago.

October 18, 2014
Limestone Stage – Intro to Community Theater for Adults
Acting workshop instructed by Christopher “Kit” Lindblom, MFA.

October 18, 2014
Limestone Stage – Intro to Communty Theater for Youth
Acting workshop instructed by Christopher “Kit” Lindblom, MFA

June 14-15, 2014
43rd Annual Old Canal Days – Arts & Crafts Show
The historic site organized the annual arts and crafts show for the community festival.

May 29, 2014
Discovery Dinner – 1893, Chicago’s Greatest Year
Emmy award-winning author and historian Joseph Gustaitis presented a second session about the World’s Fair and other significant achievements of Chicago’s Greatest Year, 1893 that established Chicago as a modern metropolis and one of the world’s greatest cities.

April 10, 2014
Discovery Dinner – 1893, Chicago’s Greatest Year
Emmy award-winning author and historian Joseph Gustaitis examined the World’s Fair and other significant achievements that established Chicago as a modern metropolis and one of the world’s greatest cities.

March 13, 2014
Community Conversation – Will County Transportation in the 21st Century – Opportunities & Challenges
A detailed look at regional multi-mode transportation issues and opportunities for the growing population and economy of Will County. Presented by John Grueling, President and CEO of Will County Center for Economic Development, and Dr. Joseph Schwieterman, Director of DePaul University’s Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development.

February 28 & March 1, 2014
Community Theater – Good Humor, A Festival of One Acts
A collection of one-act comedies by renowned playwrights by Willie Reale (Many Happy Returns) and David Ives (Arabian Nights; Words, Words, Words; and The Philadelphia). The community theater was a is a joint venture of The Gaylord Building and the White Oak Library District directed by Alissa Raschke-Janchenko and Lucas Janchenko.

December 2, 2013
Historic Preservation Writing Contest
First annual competition for high school and middle school students in categories of essay, poetry and ad jingles.

November 14, 2013
Discover Dinner – Blackbird’s Song: Andrew J. Blackbird and the Odawa People
Presented by Dr. Theodore Karamanski, Professor of History at Loyola University.

October 10, 2013
Community Conversation – The Challenges for Local Schools
A review of federal and state requirements on local school districts and the challenges that unfunded mandates create. The panel included Dr. D.J. Skogsberg, Superintendent of Taft School District 90 (Lockport); Mr. J. Michael Morrow, Superintendent of Homer Community Consolidated School District 33C (Home Glen); Mrs. Donna Gray, Superintendent of Milne-Kelvin Grove School District 91 (Lockport); and Dr. Michael Early, Superintendent of Richland School District 88A (Crest Hill)

September 12, 2013
Discovery Dinner – Grant Park: The Evolution of Chicago’s Front Yard
Presented by Dr. Dennis Cremin, Associate Professor of History at Lewis University

June 15-16, 2013
42nd Annual Old Canal Days – Trail Through History and Arts & Crafts Show
The historic site organized the annual arts and crafts show and the living history encampment for the community festival.

April 26, 2013
Historic Homeowner Workshop
A practical how-to workshop for historic property owners about preservation maintenance, co-sponsored by the Will County Historic Preservation Commission, the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

April 25, 2013
Community Conversation – The Benefits of Local Historic Districts
A detailed look at the economic and cultural advantages of historic districts in America presented by Catherine O’Connor, Local Government Services Manager, Illinois Historic Preservation Agency and Dr. Eileen McMahon, Professor of History, Lewis University.

April 15, 2013
America’s Historic Highways, Part 3
Windy City Road Warrior David Clark examined The Roads that Lead to Lincoln – Honest Abe on the Highway with an in-depth look as the President’s impact on our transportation heritage as well as sites along Illinois highways related to Honest Abe. This three-part series co-sponsored by the White Oak Library District and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

April 8, 2013
America’s Historic Highways, Part 2
Mr. David Clark took a virtual tour of Route 66 on a Tank of Gas – The Mother Road in Illinois. This three-part series co-sponsored by the White Oak Library District and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

March 25, 2013
America’s Historic Highways, Part 1
Windy City Road Warrior David Clark explored the “Good Roads Movement” in Lincoln Highway Across Indiana, Illinois and Iowa. This three-part series co-sponsored by the White Oak Library District and the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

February 6, 2013
Why Main Streets Matter: Bringing Visitors to Your Small Business
Lauren Adkins of Washington-based Adkins & Adkins Consulting provided insight and recommendations for bringing economic vitality to historic downtowns. This workshop was co-sponsored with the Heritage Corridor Convention & Visitors Bureau.

November 26, 2012
Tips For Discovering Your Family History
Mrs. Lorretto Szucz, Vice President of Community Relations at Ancestry.com, provided insight on how to research family history.

November 12, 2012
Building The Canal To Save Chicago
Author and retired engineer Richard Lanyon told the complex story of the construction of the Chicago Sanitary & Ship Canal, which is chronicled in his book Building The Canal To Save Chicago.

October 22, 2012
Preserving Family Stories
Mark Harmon, Executive Director of The Gaylord Building, provided an introduction to oral history interviews for family historians, who strive to save family stories for future generations.

October 15, 2012
Preserving Family Heirlooms
Museum professional Heather Bigeck demonstrated how to save family treasures, using common sense care with some acid-free materials.

September 5, 2012
Home History Research
Researcher Geraldine Loose explored the process of discovering a home’s past through public records and other resources.

June 16, 2012
Authors Talk History
Dr. John Lamb and Mr. David Belden presented overviews of their respective history books.

June 16-17, 2012
41st Annual Old Canal Days – Trail Through History
The historic site organized the annual the living history encampment for the community festival.

May 30, 2012
25th Anniversary Celebration

A dinner-dance to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of The Gaylord Building’s grand reopening as a historic site in 1987.

June 18-19, 2011
40th Annual Old Canal Days – Trail Through History
The historic site organized the annual the living history encampment for the community festival.

February 11, 2011
Civil War Sesquicentennial Commencement
Ceremony commemorating President Lincoln’s departure to Washington.

November 8, 2010
Dinner & A Lecture: The Story of Charles Chiniquy
Local researcher Thomas Drake expertly weaved the story of French-Canadian Priest Charles Chiniquy’s successes, trials and tribulations on the prairie, establishing the parish of St. Anne. Hailed as a hero by his congregation, but despised because of his nationality, he was tested in ways that he had never imagine. The defense of his honor eventually required the services of an attorney named Abraham Lincoln.

November 5, 2010
A Night At The Gaylord: Wine Tasting
Guests discovered the variety of available fine wines, such as chardonnay, merlot, and riesling. This tasteful event was Presented by renowned Cellar Master J. Thomas Alves, co-owner and sommelier of the award-winning Tall Grass Restaurant.

March 18, 2010
Dinner & A Lecture – Europe in Transition
Professor Merri Fefles of Moraine Valley Community College examined the cultural changes and political debates in Europe caused by the influx of non-European immigrants.

January 21, 2010
Dinner & A Lecture – Chicago Sports History
Dr. Gerald Gems, a Professor of Health & Physical Education at North Central College, traced the role community sports in the transition of Chicago as a modern city.

October 15, 2009
Dinner & A Lecture – Parishes on the Prairie, Roman Catholic Churches Along the Illinois & Michigan Canal
Dr. Eileen McMahon of Lewis University Presented and overview of the Catholic immigrants and their families who built the canal and worked in the communities along its banks.

August 22, 2009
Family Event – Breakfast with the Lincolns
Guests joined President Abraham Lincoln and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, as portrayed by Max & Donna Daniels, for a delightful morning of enlightening conversations and delicious cuisine. The Lincolns met all their guests and took questions from the audience.

August 21, 2009
Exhibition Opening Reception – Abraham Lincoln: Self-made in America
This traveling exhibition from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum examined the 16th President’s life from his poor beginnings to his ascension to the presidency and his assassination. The opening reception featured a performance by the Battlefield Balladeers.

October 15, 2009
Dinner & A Lecture – Parishes on the Prairie, Roman Catholic Churches Along the Illinois & Michigan Canal
Dr. Eileen McMahon of Lewis University Presented and overview of the Catholic immigrants and their families who built the canal and worked in the communities along its banks.

August 22, 2009
Family Event – Breakfast with the Lincolns
Guests joined President Abraham Lincoln and First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln, as portrayed by Max & Donna Daniels, for a delightful morning of enlightening conversations and delicious cuisine. The Lincolns met all their guests and took questions from the audience.

August 21, 2009
Exhibition Opening Reception – Abraham Lincoln: Self-made in America
This traveling exhibition from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum examined the 16th President’s life from his poor beginnings to his ascension to the presidency and his assassination. The opening reception featured a performance by the Battlefield Balladeers.

August 20, 2009
Dinner & A Lecture – Abraham Lincoln in American Art
Dr. Mark Pohlad, Associate Professor of Art History at University traced the images of the 16th President from the photographs of Matthew Brady, to the statues of Augustus Saint-Gaudens, to the contemporary paintings of Ed in order to determine how and why artists have used images of Abraham Lincoln.

July 22, 2009
Family Event – Summer Dinner Promenade
The event was a “progressive dinner” with delicious cuisine and sparking conversation in exquisite locales held at Lockport’s cultural institutions.

May 2, 2009
Concert – The Lincoln Trio
Ravinia brought the aptly named “Lincoln Trio” to towns associated with Lincoln ’s life, including Lockport! Lincoln had strong ties to the Illinois & Michigan Canal, which was headquartered in Lockport, on the evening of May 2, 2009, which marked the 144th anniversary of the Lincoln funeral train stopping in the canal town.

April 16, 2009
Dinner & A Lecture – Digging Up the Dirt: The Histories and Mysteries of the Will County Poor Farm and Potter’s Field
Presented by author and archaeologist Gina Wysocki.

February 19, 2009
Dinner & A Lecture – Lincoln and the Landing
The story of the memorial’s creation Presented by Dr. Dennis Cremin, an Assistant Professor of History at Lewis University, and Mr. Lance Thies, a Senior Associate with Hitchcock Design Group.

December 4, 2008
Dinner & A Lecture – Candy and Chocolate in Northern Illinois
Guest discovered the history and scrumptious delights of candy and chocolates made in the Chicago metropolitan region from presenter, Edmond F. Opler III is President & CEO of World’s Finest Chocolate.

November 13, 2008
Dinner & A Lecture – Amusements in the Heritage Corridor
Mr. Stan Barker of the National Amusement Park Historical Association took a nostalgic look at the current and defunct amusement parks located within the I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor, such as Lockport’s own Dellwood Park.

October 9, 2008
Dinner & A Lecture – Building the Exotic: Frank Lloyd Wright and the Maya Influence
Mr. Brian Reis investigated the Chicago Exposition, the Maya reproductions installed there, and the buildings that Mr. Wright designed using the Maya ruins as inspiration.

September 11, 2008
Dinner & A Lecture – Exploring the Prairie to Prairie Continuum: Returning the Prairie to the Prairie State
Patrick Thrasher, Interpretive Specialist of the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie located in Will County, Illinois, explored the evolutionary tale of how thousands of acres have been returned to their pre-settlement condition and preserved for future generations Illinoisans to enjoy.

August 14, 2008
Dinner & A Lecture – The Future of Will County’s Past
The public was invited to discover The Future of Will County’s Past and how the Will County Historical Society has endeavored to collect, preserve and present the area’s heritage.

July 10, 2008
Dinner & A Lecture – Emerging Initiatives in Preservation
Mr. Royce Yeater gave an overview of the emerging new ideas and programs on the drawing board at the Trust which will support preservation at the local level as never before, while simultaneously increasing our visibility and base of support nationally.

June 12, 2008
Dinner & A Lecture – 100 Years of the LaSalle County Historical Society
Mr. Edmond B. Thornton Presented a retrospective of the Society’s past and an insight into its future along the I&M Canal.

May 12, 2008
Family Roots & Branches – Oral History Interviews
Guests joined Mark Harmon to discover the dos and don’ts for a successful interviews of family and friends, as well as what to do with the information once it is gathered.

May 8, 2008
Dinner & A Lecture – Packet Boats on the I & M Canal
Guests joined historian Rob Vasile as he examined both the design and construction of the packet boats that once traversed the I & M Canal, as well as life on board for crews and passengers.

April 10, 2008
Dinner & A Lecture – Railroads in the Heritage Corridor
The public joined William Molony as he examined the history of the tracks that crisscross the national heritage corridor.

March 13, 2008
Dinner & A Lecture – Aquatic Life and Aquatic Threats in the Heritage Corridor
Invasive fish like the dreaded Asian Carp threaten the native aquatic life in America’s waters. The public joined Sandy as she examined the fish and amphibians that inhabit the rivers and canals of the Corridor.

March 7, 2008
A Night at the Gaylord – Celebrating the National Pastime
For more than 150 years, baseball has been the embodiment of the American spirit. The Lockport Sleepers Vintage Base Ball Club and the Joliet Drama Guild invited the public to come celebrate baseball and its place in American culture.

February 14, 2008
Dinner & A Lecture – Route 66: Then and Now
John & Lenore Weiss took a nostalgic look at America’s most famous highway and discover what all the fuss is about.

February 11, 2008
Family Roots & Branches – An Introduction to Genealogy
Mark S. Harmon gave information on planning your journey into the past, traveling through the cobwebs of memories, the worn pages of repositories and electronic labyrinth of the Internet to explore geneaology.

January 10, 2008
Dinner & A Lecture – Grant Park: From Lakeshore to Landfill to Millennium Park
Explored the evolution of Chicago’s internationally renowned “front yard”; Presented by Dr. Dennis Cremin , Assistant Professor of History, Lewis University.

December 6, 2007
Dinner & A Lecture – Will County: Weaving the Tapestry of Lives, Land and Legacy
Focused on Will County’s historic preservation program, including the role preservation plays within growth management; Presented by Curt Paddock, David Dubois and Amy Munro of the Will County Land Use Office.

December 3, 2007
Living History Workshop – Mid-19 Century Clothing
Examined the appropriate fashion for men, women and children during the 1850s and 1860s; Presented by Jill Carpenter.

December 2, 2007
An Encounter with St. Nicholas
Children of all ages visited with St. Nicholas, Bishop of Myra in ancient Byzantium; portrayed by Jerome Kowalski.

November 28, 2007
First Hand History – Our Lady of the Angels School Fire
Offered a first-hand account of the December 1, 1958 disaster; Presented by Frank Vainisi.

November 8, 2007
Dinner & A Lecture – Ethnic Cleansing in the Corridor: The Fate of the Indians of Northern Illinois
Traced the struggles of Native Americans in Illinois and their subsequent removal from the state; Presented by Theodore J. Karamanski, Professor of History, Loyola University of Chicago.

September 6, 2007
Dinner & A Lecture – Waterway Logistics of the Corridor
Examined the commercial transportation system of the waterways in the I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor; Presented by Donald Maier, Assistant Professor of Business, University of St. Francis.

August 9, 2007
Dinner & A Lecture – Pre-Settlement Vegetation in the Corridor
Examined the native botanical distribution in northern Illinois during the early 1800s; Presented by Jenny McBride, Research Asst. and GIS Specialist, Morton Arboretum.

July 18, 2007
Family Event – Summer Dinner Promenade
First annual progressive dinner between Lockport’s museums.

July 12, 2007
Dinner & A Lecture – Odd Bedfellows on the I & M Canal
Consisted of “first-person” portrayals by Maurice Held (an Irish canal worker), William McCandless (canal engineer William Gooding), and Jack Roach (a Irish priest).

July 8, 2007
Acts of History – A Tribute to Will Rogers
Provided a first-person portrayal of legendary American humorist Will Rogers by Lance Brown.

June 10, 2007
First Hand History – Remembering the Civilian Conservation Corps
Offered first-hand accounts of the CCC, especially projects along the I & M Canal; Presented by CCC alumni Anthony Culik and Edward Wajtowjcz.

June 7, 2007
Dinner & A Lecture – Farnsworth House and the Preservation of America
Looked at the preservation efforts to save an American architectural masterpiece designed by Mies van der Rohe; Presented by Whitney French, Director, Farnsworth House Historic Site.

May 10, 2007
Dinner & A Lecture – French Presence in Northern Illinois, 1673-1840
Examined the activities and influences of French explorers and settlers in the Prairie State; Presented by B. Pierre Lebeau, Professor of History, North Central College.

April 22, 2007
Living History Workshop – First-person Interpretation
Focused on benefits and procedures for first-person portrayals with an emphasis of developing a persona appropriate for Antebellum Era Lockport; instructed by Jason Kladiva.

April 5, 2007
Acts of History – An Afternoon with President & Mrs. Lincoln
Provided a first-person portrayals of Abraham and Mary Lincoln reminiscing about their lives just prior to journeying to Ford’s Theater by Max & Donna Daniels.

March 11, 2007
First Hand History – Holocaust Survival: A Woman’s Experience
offered a first-hand narrative of the Holocaust; Presented by Marguerite Miskin in conjunction with the Illinois Holocaust Memorial Foundation.

March 8, 2007
Dinners & A Lecture – Natural Women: Pioneers in the Outdoors
Explored the world of early female naturalists and the role they played in the conservation movement; Presented by Alice Eastman, Superintendent of Natural Resources, Bolingbrook Park District.

February 8, 2007
Dinner & A Lecture – Indians, Africans, Americans
Looked at the relationships between American Indians and African-Americans; Presented by Michael Sawdey, Professor of History, Aurora University.

January 14, 2007
Acts of History – A Fireside Chat with Franklin D. Roosevelt
Provided a first-person portrayal of FDR by Robert J. Lindsey.

January 11, 2007
Dinner & A Lecture – The Old Ball Game: How Vintage Teams are Reviving the American Game
Looked at early baseball that is the origins of today’s vintage base ball; presented by David Oberg, Executive Director, Geneva Historical Society.

December 18, 2006
Collectors Brown Bag Lunch – Fishing Lures & Tackle
Offered a look a collection of fishing artifacts; Presented by Dan Basore, Historical Fishing Display.

December 7, 2006
Dinner & A Lecture – St. Nicholas and the Origins of Christmas Traditions
Examined the history of Christmas holiday traditions like Santa Claus, Christmas trees, and foods; Presented by Jerome Kowalski, National Chaplin, Sons of Union Veterans.

November 20, 2006
Collectors Brown Bag Lunch – Windmills Large and Small
Provided a glimpse at a collection of windmill related artifacts;
presented by Robert Popeck, Hooked on Windmills.

November 9, 2006
Dinner & A Lecture – Generating Change: Windmills of the Midwest
Examined the history of windmills and the function in contemporary society; presented by Barbara Geiger.

October 16, 2006
Collectors Brown Bag Lunch – WWII U.S. Military Memorabilia
Offered a look at a collection of military artifacts; Presented by George Young.

October 5, 2006
Dinner & A Lecture – The De-evolution of the Soldier and its Effects on Others
Explored the effects of military service on individuals who returned from combat and the family around them; Presented by author Ray Elliott.

April 20, 2006
Dinner & Lecture – Dig Me A Ditch: Spirit of the Illinois & Michigan Canal
A musical performance by Gallimaufry.

March 16, 2006
Dinner & Lecture – Trilobites, Tully Monsters and Giant Beaver: Echoes of the Past in the I & M Corridor
Presented by Ron Vasile, Historian, Canal Corridor Association.

February 23, 2006
Dinner & Lecture – The Legend of Starved Rock, Fact or Fiction?
Presented by Mark Walczynski, Conservation Police Officer, Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

November 10, 2005
Holiday Entertaining with Wines (6th annual) – Wine and cheese sampling with an eye towards ordering wines for the holidays
Presented by Tom Alves, Owner, Tall Grass Restaurant.

November 3, 2005
Dinner & Lecture – Escape to Freedom: The Underground Railroad in the I & M Canal Corridor
Presented by Ron Vasile, Historian, Canal Corridor Association.

October 6, 2005
Dinner & Lecture – Songs of the Great Lakes
Music performed by Lee Murdock.

September 15, 2005
Dinner & Lecture – The Life of a French Fur Trader
A first-person portrayal by storyteller Andy Talley.

May 5, 2005
Dinner & Lecture – The Shaping of Lockport: Canal Commissioners and Urban Development
Presented by Dr. Michael P. Conzen, University of Chicago.

April 7, 2005
Dinner & Lecture – Lockport History Etched in Stone: Tales from Lockport Cemetery
Presented by Nancy Bruce Crilly, Will/Grundy Genealogical Society

March 10, 2005
Dinner & Lecture – Lockport vs. Joliet: The Battle for Prominence in 19th Century Will County
Presented by Ron Vasile, Historian, Canal Corridor Association.

November 13, 2004
Holiday Entertaining with Wines (5th annual) – Wine and cheese sampling with an eye towards ordering wines for the holidays
Presented by Tom Alves, Cellar Master, Tallgrass Restaurant.

November 11, 2004
Dinner & Lecture – The Time of the French in the Heart of North America
Presented by Charles Balesi.

October 14, 2004
Dinner & Lecture – I Don’t Want Your Millions Mister
American Labor Protest Songs performed by Bucky Halker

September 9, 2004
Dinner & Lecture – The Quarrying Industry in the Des Plaines River Valley
Presented by Don Mikulic, Illinois State Geological Survey.

April 15, 2004
Dinner & Lecture – Lockport vs. Joliet: The Battle for Prominence in 19th Century Will County
Presented by Ron Vasile, Historian, Canal Corridor Association.

March 11, 2004
Dinner & Lecture – The Rise and Fall of Chicago’s Union Stockyards
Presented by Dominic Pacyga, Professor of History, Columbia College.

February 18, 2004
Dinner & Lecture – Port of LaSalle: Canal Boats Are Coming!
Presented by Ana B. Koval, President & CEO, Canal Corridor Association.

November 6, 2003
Holiday Entertaining with Wines (4th annual) – Wine and cheese sampling with an eye towards ordering wines for the holidays
Presented by Tom Alves, Cellar Master, Tallgrass Restaurant.

October 23, 2003
Dinner & Lecture – Preserving America’s Past: Restoration and Adaptive Reuse in Illinois and Beyond
Lesley Gilmore, President, Gilmore Franzen Architects

September 25, 2003
Dinner & Lecture – Land, Limestone, and a Legacy: The Fitzpatrick Family of Lockport
Presented by Kurt Schackmuth, Lewis University

September 4, 2003
Dinner & Lecture – The Fiery Crucible: Will County and the Civil War
Presented by Walter Keener, Curator Joliet Area Historical Museum, and Daniel Rozak, Civil War Researcher.

August 21, 2003
Dinner & Lecture – Cholera, Counterfieting, and the California Gold Rush: Passenger Travel on the I & M Canal 1848-1852
Presented by Ron Vasile, Historian, Canal Corridor Association.

June 18, 2003
Dinner & Lecture – Exploring the Indian Mounds of the Canal Corridor
Presented by Michael Wiant, Curator of Anthropology, Illinois State Museum.

May 8, 2003
Dinner & Lecture – John James Audubon: The Birds of America
Presented by Doug Stapleton, Exhibit Designer, Illinois State Museum Chicago Gallery.

April 10, 2003
Dinner & Lecture – The Civilian Conservation Corps along the I & M Canal: A 70th Anniversary Celebration
Presented by Dennis Cremin, Canal Corridor Association, Charlene Giardina and Toby Miller, Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

February 20, 2003
Dinner & Lecture – From Pioneer Women to the Marx Brothers: The I & M Canal Passage Wayfinding Project
Presented by Ana B. Koval, President & CEO, Canal Corridor Association.

November 7, 2002
Holiday Entertaining with Wines (3rd annual) – Mysteries of the Wine Label Revealed
Presented by Tom Alves, Cellar Master, Tallgrass Restaurant.

September 12, 2002
Dinner & Lecture – Explore the Future of Our Past: Joliet Area Historical Museum
Presented by Susan English, Executive Director, Joliet Area Historical Museum.

August 8, 2002
Dinner & Lecture – Here’s Lookin’ At You! A tour of the portrait exhibit and historical overview of portraiture
Presented by Geoff Bates, Assoc. Curator, Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery.

June 11, 2002
Dinner & Lecture – Disarming the Prairie: Selected Photographs
of the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie; Presented by photographer Terry Evans.

May 16, 2002
Dinner & Lecture – Archaeology of the Illinois & Michigan Canal
Presented by Floyd Mansberger, Archaeologist, Fever River Reseaerch

March 20, 2002
Dinner & Lecture – Seagoing: Maritime Chicago
lecture Presented by Theodore J Karamanski, Professor of Hisotory, Loyola University of Chicago, with music performed by Lee Murdock.

February 21, 2002
Dinner & Lecture – Lincoln Sites New and Old
Presented by Tom Schwartz, Historian of the State of Illinois, and William Dupont, Graham Gund Architect of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

November 8, 2001
Holiday Entertaining with Wines (2nd annual) – The ABC’s of Wine: Variety, Geography and Producers
Presented by Tome Alves, Cellar Master, Tallgrass Restaurant.

September 13, 2001
Dinner & Lecture – Prairie Tides: Viewing the I & M Canal through a Camera’s Lens
Presented by filmmaker Constance Mortell.

August 9, 2001
Dinner & Lecture – Civilian Conservation Corps in Illinois: A Slide Lecture
Presented by KayRippelmeyer-Tippy, Historian, Southern Illinois University

June 14, 2001
Dinner & Lecture – The Great Walls of Joliet: Taking History and Heritage into the Future
Presented by Kathleen Farrell, President & Executive Director, Friends of Community Public Art.

May 17, 2001
Dinner & Lecture – Work, People, and Art: Government in the Arts During the Great Depression
Presented by Jim Zimmer, Director and Curator of Art, and Geoffrey Bates, Assistant Curator of Art, Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery.

March 22, 2001
Dinner & Lecture – Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie
Presented by Joan Mercuri, President & CEO, Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust.

February 22, 2001
Dinner & Lecture – Food and History: Chicagoland’s Food Traditions and Ethnic Identity
Presented by Tracy Poe, Professor of History, Barat College

November 9, 2000
Holiday Entertaining with Wines (1st annual) – Pairing Foods with Wines: Rules, Reasons and Myths
Presented by Tom Alves, Cellar Master, Tallgrass Restaurant

September 28, 2000
Dinner & Lecture – Back to School: 100 Years of Joliet Junior College
Presented by Dr. Robert E. Sterling, Professor, Joliet Junior College

August 24, 2000
Dinner & Lecture – Looking Forward After 16 Years: One the Anniversary of the Creation of the I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor
Presented by Phyllis Ellin, Executive Director, I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor Commission.

June 14, 2000
Dinner & Lecture – Rally ‘Round the Flag: Chicago and the Civil War
Presented by Theodore J. Karamanski, Professor of History, Loyola University of Chicago

May 4, 2000
Dinner & Lecture – Art, Architecture and Preservation within the I & M Canal National Heritage Corridor
Presented by Vince Michael, Assistant Professor, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

March 16, 2000
Dinner & Lecture – The Chicago Irish: Neighborhoods, Workshop and Parades
Presented by independent scholar Ellen Skerrett.

January 20, 2000
Dinner & Lecture – I & M Canal Construction: Mud, Mosquitoes and Malaria
Presented by Ron Vasile, Historian, Canal Corridor Association.

October 28, 1999
Dinner & Lecture – History Through the Water: The Chicago River, the I & M Canal and the Development of the Region
Presented by Ann Keating, Professor of History, North Central College

August 12, 1999
Dinner & Lecture – 1848: The I & M Canal and the Grain Trade
Presented by John Lamb, Professor of History, Lewis University.

June 17, 1999
Dinner & Lecture – Challenging Chicago: Coping with Everyday Life, 1837-1920
Presented by Perry Duis, Professor of History, University of Illinois, Chicago.

April 16, 1999
Dinner & Lecture – 1848: Chicago’s Turning Point
Presented by Michael Conzen, Professor of Geographical Studies, University of Chicago.

October 8, 1998
Dinner & Lecture – An Evening with Dr. Conzen
Presented by Michael Conzen, Professor of Geographical Studies, University of Chicago.

NOTE: The list does not include outreach programs, as well as Sleepers Base Ball events, which were held between 2006 and 2009.