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2019 Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous

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Experience pre-1848 Chicago’s past at A River Thru History, The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous on September 6-8, 2019 (Friday is School Day) at the Columbia Woods Forest Preserve in Willow Springs, Illinois. The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous is an early American party with all the trimmings! Join this family-friendly festive gathering of fur trappers, settlers, craftsmen, and entertainers along the banks of the Des Plaines River. Enjoy a variety of activities such as authentic period food, music and entertainment, craft demonstrations, tomahawk exhibition and throwing competition, canoe races, games and much more!

Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous

A River Thru History, The Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous is a living history reenactment of early American life, as it was on the Illinois frontier prior to 1848 that emphasizes local history from the fur trade era to the canal era. The rendezvous creates an exciting, entertaining and educational experience for all ages, and for both participants and visitors. The event organizers worked to have the most authentic and highest quality reenactors and trade goods to reenact an accurate demonstration of a fur trade rendezvous of the period. This is consistent with the overall goal of the Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor Civic Center Authority, which is to promote and enhance the historic, recreational and economic development of this new style National Park.

10:00 am – 2 pm Friday (School Day – not open to public)
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Saturday
10:00 am – 4:00 pm Sunday

Admission: (cash only accepted at the gate)
Children under 6 – FREE!
$5.00 Children 6 to 17
$5.00 Senior (over 62)
$10.00 Adults
$25.00 Family Pass (1 or 2 adults, up to 4 children age 6-12)
You will pay at the UPS employee parking lot before getting on one of the buses that takes you to Columbia Woods. Parking is free.

Des Plaines Valley Rendezvous Participants
A River Thru History is a living history event. New applicants: Pictures in period dress of your camp and sale goods, and a written description of what you do and the time period you represent are appreciated. A call or e-mail will go out to you upon receipt of your application form.

Participant Registration Form | Entertainer Registration Form

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