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The 25th Annual Cabin
Festival was held June 7, 2014
Below are the re-enactors who were our guests on the Cragg Cabin grounds. On this Saturday, the re-enactors visited with over 200 guests for 5 hours, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Festival adventure began in the Visitor's Center.
The food tent located next to the butterfly barn,
sold buffalo burgers, hamburgers, brats or hot dogs. The gift shop was
near the Cragg Cabin. A Prairie plant sale was available and many of
our visitors purchased tickets for the Prairie Partner
Tanner Mansfield will be returned again next year as well as Lou Aiello and his Traveling American Indian Exhibit.
Cabin Festival Flyer
Review the 2013 Cabin Festival Photo Album
is sponsored by the Goose Lake Prairie Partners and
the GLPSNA Staff.
Re-enactment may include
American Indian Life & Culture
Old fashion Games
Lace Making, Quilting
Culture in 1830
Cabin Life & Area History
The Origin of the Cabin Festival at GLPSNA
In February of 1985, a new Prairie Partner asked about the Cabin and it's uses. She was told that it was used once in the fall for a program called "Incredible Edibles," and a warming place for cross-country skiers in winter. Vince Matthews, the interpreter at the time, asked what the person had in mind.
It was at that time that Cabin Festival began, patterned after the "Settlement" in Lockport, (run by the Will Co. Historical Society). The new member knew several of the crafters in Lockport and asked them to come to Goose Lake Park and bring their crafts, making and doing things that the pioneers would need to do to survive.
The cabin (knows as the Cragg Cabin) had only two benches, a table and a chair that was donated. Pioneer Cabin Festival was bore.
The date chosen was September Prairie week and also combined "Incredible Edibles." This was what we would call "weeds," but the pioneers found several things such as dandelion leaves and some roots to use in the spring. They picked wild berries as the summer progressed and made jams and sauces. The partners demonstrated the use of the "weeds" and served jams and jellies on crackers for the 'guests' to sample.
Eventually, because of weather and lack of crafters in the fall, the Pioneer Cabin Festival was moved to spring. Crafters were not so overwhelmed with too many festivals at that time.
(Reference: Jo Fleming, Morris, IL)
We are constantly looking for period
re-enactors to help us with this event.
Crafts that pioneers would most likely do in the 1800s is our emphasis.
If you would like more information about our festival please call 815-942-2899.
Updated June 9, 2014.