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. Show Bus will be available at no charge throughout the day for transportation between sites.
Starting at Noon at the Edward Chipman Library, the Opening Ceremony will begin with a flag ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance by the Girl Scouts, a 21-gun salute by the Momence Honor Guard, and Mary Cantwell singing the National Anthem, followed by an invocation by Pastor Justin Flowers of the New Life Church, and a welcome message by Momence Mayor Chuck Steele. Library Director Robin Adkins will also welcome the crowd, followed by the unveiling and dedication of the new library sign. Event chairs Beth and Larry Crouch will wrap up the Opening Ceremony by explaining the activities, events, and raffle baskets.
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. The Lttle Red School House will be open from 12:30-5:30.
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. The Graham House will be open from 12:30-5:30.
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" 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.
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 from 12:30-5:30.
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.
Phil Angelo, the former Managing Editor of the Daily Journal for 20 years, has a gift for story-telling. Phil is a sought-after and frequent dinner speaker on a variety of topics including: Sherlock Holmes, the Civil War, and Kankakee County history. Phil, now retired, cannot seem to put his pen down, as he finds himself still an integral part of the Daily Journal through his editorials and special "Think" feature articles. For Heritage Day, Phil Angelo will present "Hollywood's K3 Connection". From Tom Hanks' and Paul Newman's "Road to Perdition" to Steve McQueen in "The Hunter", Kankakee County has been the backdrop for some noteworthy Hollywood films. A Kankakee County link to the infamous films "Ben Hur" and "The Green Mile" will be explored. Other Hollywood-Kankakee County connections to be shared include: Chucky haunting a local historic site, Fred MacMurray, Patrick O'Brien, and the Marx Brothers. The presentation will be at 3:00.
City Hall will be transformed into a building that celebrates our history and traditions. Momence native Susie Butterfield and Marilou Martin will be on hand with their special knowledge of Momence history. Seth Burkey will explain his campaign for a Jim Kasler Memorial at the old South Shore Golf Course. Other Kankakee County groups in attendance include: 4H Group, Kankakee County Preservation Commission, Herscher Historical Society, Kankakee Valley Genealogy Society, Kankakee County Home and Community Education Units, and the Bradley Historical Society. Heritage Hall will be open from 12:30-5:30.
Vernon Risty has been portraying Abraham Lincoln for many years, and has been a member of the Association of Lincoln Presenters since 1993. His presentations are suitable for all ages, from young children to mature adults. Mr. Lincoln will be accompanied around town by a Union Soldier (Steve Gross), and they will make guest appearances at various activities throughout the day, from 12:30-5:30.