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May 2019

Walk with General Grant

May 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am
$15

Every Saturday May through October! No one knows downtown like our own General Grant. He’s more than happy to take you and your family for a tour of his favorite places on Main Street – like the DeSoto House and the famous Green Street stairs. He’ll share the stories associated with the many buildings on the National Historic Register and share his experiences when his family owned a leather and saddlery shop more than 150 years ago. Regularly scheduled walking…

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Galena River Wine & Cheese Inaugural Portfolio Tasting

May 18 @ 3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Grab your friends and sample 70+ wines, artsian cheeses and even some craft beers selected by Galena River Wine & Cheese. The Tasting is hosted by and proceeds to benefit the Galena Jo-Daviess Historical Society. $25/person advanced purchase (must be 21+ to attend) $30/person at the door. Designated Driver tickets will be available at the gate for $10/person. Tickets include a commemorative wine glass, tasting program and special discounts at Galena River Wine & Cheese. Limited Tickets - Register Early…

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June 2019

Cemetery Walk

June 8 - June 9
Grace Episcopal Church, 309 Hill St
Galena, IL 61036
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$15

Each summer, the Historical Society produces a special event that highlights the stories of past generations of Galenians. We do that through Cemetery Walk, a combination of history and the performing arts in which actual past citizens of our historical community come to life to tell their stories. Cemetery Walk 2018 was a remarkable and emotional experience as we explored the lives of past Galenians who lived through World War I. We thank the many actors and behind-the-scenes volunteers who…

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Cemetery Walk – Indoor Event

June 14 @ 7:30 pm - June 15 @ 8:30 pm
Grace Episcopal Church, 309 Hill St
Galena, IL 61036
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$15

Each summer, the Historical Society produces a special event that highlights the stories of past generations of Galenians. We do that through Cemetery Walk, a combination of history and the performing arts in which actual past citizens of our historical community come to life to tell their stories. Cemetery Walk 2018 was a remarkable and emotional experience as we explored the lives of past Galenians who lived through World War I. We thank the many actors and behind-the-scenes volunteers who…

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September 2019

Heroes for History Stair Challenge

September 7
Galena History Museum, 211 S. Bench Street
Galena, IL 61036 United States
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The 5K on STAIRoids The Heroes for History Stair Challenge ” is a 5K competitive run/fun walk with Galena’s iconic Green Street stairs as the major obstacle on the event route. The event commemorates the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and also honors the brave, selfless men and women who protect us every day. Net proceeds from “Heroes for History” will be split between the Historical Society and Galena-based first responder agencies. Neighbors from communities throughout the area are…

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Tour of Historic Galena Homes

September 28 - September 29
Galena History Museum, 211 S. Bench Street
Galena, IL 61036 United States
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It’s a labor of love, really… this business of asking owners of Galena’s rich cache of historic buildings to open their homes to the public for an entire weekend. We’re asking a lot, we know. Yet every year, roughly a half dozen property owners offer up their homes for touring, giving lovers of history, quality American workmanship and even quirky ingenuity the opportunity to see why Galena’s nineteenth century architecture and interiors are second to none. Proceeds from the Annual…

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