January 21 – 2 pm
La Grange Park Library
555 N LaGrange Rd.
Speaker: Naturalist and Historian, Jack MacRae
This program is an entertaining look at one of the most truly peculiar tales in the long history of landscaping. The garden gnomes of today have a story that dates back centuries, to a time when the sprawling estates of Britain were home to all forms of botanic and natural exotica, brought together for the sole purpose of artistic expression and garden interest.
So join us and surprise yourself with a little bit of culture, a stretch of history, and a touch of mystery.
Sunday, December 10 – 2 pm
La Grange Park Library
555 N La Grange Road
Join us for a trip down memory lane.
Historian Patricia Reaves will be your host.
So get in the Christmas Spirit,bring a friend, enjoy
some Christmas treats and have a good time.
Saturday, November 4 at 1 pm.
La Grange Park Library – 555 N LaGrange Road
The University of Illinois Extension Service now has 3,200 master gardeners.
The University is once again offering classes in our area – once a week for 11
weeks. After completing these classes, a master gardener should “feel confident
to develop and enhance community projects related to horticulture, to get involved in environmental improvements, community & school gardening projects and
This event is meant to give those interested in the program a chance to ask questions
about what they will learn and what is required of them. Visit their website for
Details can be found by scrolling down this page or checking the calendar to the right.
Hope to see you there!
All Your Belongings In a Single Trunk
2 pm, Sunday – July 23
The La Grange Park Library – 555 N La Grange Rd.
Imagine starting a new life with a 19th century voyage.
You would have to make some very critical decisions:
which of your belongings would be crucial to your success in America,
and which items must be abandoned.
Researcher Patricia Reaves has studied news articles, public records,
journals, and even visited museums to unearth some very revealing information to share with us.
Learn too about the amazing trunks that carried this precious cargo –
their different styles, cost, durability, and practicality.
See firsthand an authentic 1850’s trunk.
Sponsored by the Franzosenbusch Heritage Project. Visit Save the Prairie Society’s website.
Saturday, August 26 from 10 to 4 pm
JG’ Reptile Road Show 10:30 to 11:30
A Visit from Abraham Lincoln from noon to 4 pm
Hot Dogs, Brats, and Refreshments, 2 Civil War reenactors, basket raffles, a quilt display, a wool spinning demonstration, crafters and vendors, dulcimer players, house, school house, and local history, family genealogy and prairie tours. An 1850’s immigrant’s trunk will be on display with content.
The vendor form for those vendor who wish to participate is attached here: Entry Form 2017
Saturday, July 15 at 10 am
Meet at the Historic Prairie House
Join in the fun, and help us find a variety of insects out on the Prairie.Many of these insects are not usually seen in our own gardens.Later, we will identify, study, and release the insects onto the Prairie. Entomologist Mike Rush will lead the hike.
For those who do not wish to go out onto the prairie, there will be an extensive and beautiful insect display on the deck of the Prairie House. This professional display was designed and fashioned by STPS President Lawrence Godson.
Wear sturdy shoes with long pants and bring a perforated plastic
$5 for adults; children free.
The moth displayed here is an Ailianthus Moth.