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Quarterly Lecture Series

The PHS Lecture Series
is open to: 

PHS general membership, guests and those interested in Peoria History


January 29, 2014
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium

 Speaker: Ken Zurski


This lecture will focus on Mr. Zurski's recent book "The Wreck of the Columbia."  Mr. Zurski will discuss the details of the wreck of the Riverboat Columbia as well as the rescue efforts and resulting indictments and trials following the disaster.


May 07, 2014
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium

Speaker: Vicki Howell

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Mrs. Howell is the great-great-granddaughter of Josiah Fulton, one of the first seven Americans to settle at the site of the burned Fort Clark along the banks of the Illinois River in 1819.  This marked the beginning of the establishment of the American settlement which would grow into today's city of Peoria.  Mrs. Howell will share her information on the Fulton family, including family memorabilia and documentation. 

Josiah Fulton


Thursday, August 14, 2014
5:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

100 NE Water St, Peoria, IL 


PHS Summer Social
River Cruise on
The Spirit of Peoria


 The Spirit of Peoria

November 5, 2014
7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium

Speaker: Mark Walczynski
Mark Walczynski is the historian for the Starved Rock Foundation. Mark currently teaches history, philosophy, and criminal justice at Illinois Valley Community College. He is published in the early history of Illinois, specializing in the Franco/Native American history across Illinois. Copies of his recent book  "Starved Rock The First 100 Years",  will be for sale.


November 5, 2015

Peoria Riverfront Museum Auditorium

Randy Saxon

"Abraham Lincoln and the Declaration of Indepndence"





Quarterly Lecture Series

Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Society holds a Quarterly Lecture Series. Members, non-members and guests are welcome. The program will begin at 6 pm at the Peoria Public Library, North Branch 3001 W. Grand Parkway. Mark Johnson will present a program on Abraham Lincoln's first visit to Peoria in 1832 and the future president's militia service during the Black Hawk War

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