Join Us for a Look Back at Momence History
The City of Momence will celebrate its heritage with a fun-filled, family-friendly day of activities. Our five awesome museums will be open and staffed, our monuments and parks will be spruced up, and period-dressed volunteers will be ready and willing to share their knowledge of the people, events, and places that make up the history of Momence. Not only will you have fun, but you might just learn something in the process! All activities are free of charge.
Activities will include:
"Mrs. Lincoln" at the Mt. Airy Little Red Schoolhouse
Mary Lincoln comes to life as presented by Valerie Gugala. She sets the historical record straight as she takes listeners through her life as a young woman born to a wealthy Lexington, KY family, and the transformation she made from that life to become the wife of a young man whose background was just the opposite. Mrs. Lincoln takes the audience through the Lincoln family’s life in Springfield, Abraham’s political career and election to the presidency, and their life in the White House during the Civil War. Presentations will be held at 1:00, 1:45, 2:15, 2:45, 3:15 and 3:45.
Amazing Moments Photo Booth at the Graham Historic House
Amazing Moments Photobooth is the first family owned and operated digital photobooth rental company based in Central Illinois. During Momence Heritage Day Amazing Moments will provide a vintage theme so you can capture a “free” keepsake that is fun for all ages. The photobooth will be available from 1-4pm. Also, the Graham House will be adorned with an amazing collection of period clothing.
Silhouette Portrait Artist at the Chipman Library
Nina Nightingale is a professional fine artist practicing the rare art of SILHOUETTE PORTRAITURE, in which she will cut your shadow from paper with no writing instruments - simply freehand drawing with scissors. It takes Nina about 90 seconds to cut a guest’s perfect likeness from a piece of paper.
Silhouette (profile) portraiture was the popular way to recreate an image of oneself or loved one before the invention and common use of photography in the mid 1800’s. There are fewer than sixty Silhouette artists working in the world today. Nina will be available from 12:30 - 4pm. The library will also hold tours of the building highlighting significant events in its history.
Music of the 1940's at the Farm Museum
"Music of the 1940's" will be presented on Heritage Day at the Momence Farm Museum. Ron Selle and Darlene Agner, museum curators, will take you, through song and story, on a sentimental journey back to those marvelous days of the 1940’s. Enjoy the music of Glenn Miller, The Andrew Sisters, Tommy Dorsey, Cab Calloway, Bing Crosby, Doris Day and others and sing along to a stirring salute the Armed Forces! The show will be presented at 2pm.
Living Civil War History at Island Park
Stanford's Battery of Illinois is an educational non-profit organization that is dedicated to preserving Civil War history through School Presentations, Living History Displays, Large Scale Public Reenactments and Interactive Camp Activities.
The Stanford Battery will feature re-enactors from Illinois and Indiana who will educate the public on how the average soldier lived during one of the most prolific eras in US History. Every event and battle helped mold our country into what it is today. A premier living history that includes a Civil War camp, cannons, displays, and more will be featured in this action-packed event.
Theatiki Fife and Drum Corps on Washington Street and Island Park
From Bourbonnais, Illinois, the Theatiki Fife & Drum Corps is dedicated to the preservation of the music of the 18th century. Formed in 2001 to commemorate the early French influence along the Theatiki (Kankakee) River, they celebrate our French and American history through the performance of ancient folk and martial music.
Although they do not portray any particular documented military affiliation, their authentic 18th century attire and instruments add both visual and musical appeal to their performances.
Using authentic wooden fifes and wooden rope tension drums, their music dates back to the French and Indian War through the American Revolution. They also play original compositions in the ancient style.
The Fife and Drum Corps provides escort to civic organizations & municipal dignitaries, performs flag raising ceremonies, parades, memorial services, school programs, and historical reenactments. The Corps will perform on East Washington Street at 12:30pm, and will parade down Washington, cross the Island Park Foot Bridge, then perform at 1:30pm on Island Park.
Heritage Hall in memory of Bob Jensen at Momence City Hall
City Hall will be transformed into a building that celebrates our traditions. Momence native Kevin McNulty Sr., as well as other local historians, will be on hand with booths featuring photographs, books, and stories from the past. Actors will roam the Hall as well as around town dressed up as famous Momence citizens from history.
In addition to our many local restaurants, our own Momence Packing will be serving brats, and a variety of food trucks will cater to your culinary desires.
The Heritage Day Committee, chaired by Beth and Larry Crouch, is busy planning even more activities for the day. Check back often for updates!
If you are a downtown Momence business or organization and would like to participate in the 2018 Heritage Day, please fill out the form below and return it by April 2nd.
The Event Form