Building Fort Macomb: An Illinois Bicentennial


Saturday, April 07, 2018


Western Illinois Museum, 201 South Lafayette Street, Macomb, Illinois


9:00 am - 11:00 am


Building Fort Macomb is a family-friendly celebration of the namesake of our city with hands-on activities to learn about the events that galvanized the development of Macomb and establishment the State of Illinois.
Families can experience Illinois in the early 1800s with all-age activities such as building cardboard forts, making a flag, and visiting with War of 1812 re-enactors depicting militia from Old Fort Madison. See an 1817 land grant certificate from the collection of the Western Illinois Museum signed by President James Madison and issued to veteran who served for five year. Guests participating in the activities can earn a copy of the land grant for their participation in the event activities. The General Macomb Chapter of the DAR will demonstrate the proper way to display the American flag as well as how to carry and fold the flag. A re-enactor portraying Ella Park Lawrence who designed and made the first Illinois flag will share her experiences. Remember your experience with a selfie taken with a life size cut out of General Macomb.

Cost of Admission: $Free

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