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Annual Cabin Festival
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TheCabin Festival is happening
at the Cragg Cabin.
Below are the re-enactors who will be our guests on the Cragg Cabin grounds. The Festival adventure begins in the Visitor's Center.
The food tent located next to the butterfly barn, will offer buffalo burgers, brats or hot dogs. The gift shop will be located near the Cragg Cabin.
American Indian Traveling Museum curator Louis Aiello has many hands-on exhibits, will teach us to make Dream-catchers and teach Indian Dances.
The Cragg Cabin docent
will be on hand
Maplecraft Blacksmith Lewis Bodamer will
be on hand to show you his skills.
Mountain Man Todd Daggett with daughter Jessica will display the tools needed by a mountain man.
There will be a demonstration
of a hallowed-out canoe
Beverly Mansfield, with the
aid of her samples, will explain the process of "brain tanning."
There will be a sheep shearing when
the crowd is right
Herb Hain will be whittling away at his station.
Children's Games 'N Toys -
Becky Sipple &
Brenda Soreng will
Stop in the Gift Shop and say
Hello to CPV's own Steve Wolfgram from
The wagon stop
will be befind the center and in front of the cabin. Wagon
Master Lon Lovellette will circle Cabin to Center area constantly
during the day.
1830's Lifestyle will be demonstrated by Art & Dianne Mate and Toby, their camp dog at their campsite
Look for Norma Hedges and Becky Sipple
in the crafts tent as they demonstrate crochet, embroidery and
Review the 2013 Cabin Festival Photo Album
Re-enactment may include:
Life & Culture
Old fashion Games
Lace Making, Quilting
Clothes Discussions of
Culture in 1830
Cabin Life &
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 May 24, 2016