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Take only Memories. Leave only Footprints. Thank You Very Kindly.
Thank you to everyone who attended the
TheCabin Festival is happening
rain or shine at the Cragg Cabin.
We did get early morning rain showers, and we are so proud that our presenters stayed with us all day. What great enthusiasm from this years presenters! Please read through the list, expecially if you missed it. Mark your calendar for next years event.
The 32nd Annual Cabin Festival will be June 3, 2017.
Below are the re-enactors who
were our guests
Tent, located next to the butterfly barn,
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. Look for him in the back of the Cabin Yard.
Ronald T. Jones will be present with his
Collodion Wet Plate Photography Camera. Look
for him in the back of the Cabin Yard.
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" near the
Bobbin Lacers Donna Fousek, Janet
Frederickson and Brenda
Glenn will have lacing samples on their lace pillows.
Look for Norma Hedges and Becky Sipple
in the crafts tent as they demonstrate crochet, embroidery and
Children's Games 'N Toys -
Brenda Soreng will
Stop in the Gift Shop and say
Hello to Prairie Partner Char McDade, and to CPV's own Steve Wolfgram from Three Rivers Energy
Prairie Partner Food Shop will be in the back yard of the visitor's center with Jackie Martin, assisted by Jan Alexander, Debbie Mahler and Andrea Kaluzny.
2016 Festival Flyer
Review the 2016 Cabin Festival Photo Album. (NEW)
Review the 2013 Cabin Festival Photo Album
Reenactment may include:
Life & Culture
Old fashion Games
Lace Making, Quilting
Clothes Discussions of
Culture in 1830
Cabin Life &
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.
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)
Updated June 6, 2016