I Will Fight No More Forever

Sunday, February 26, 1:00pm
Free event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester

The Story of Chief Joseph – 1 hr 45min · Action/Drama Movie

As more and more settlers moved into territory long occupied by the Nez Perce Tribe, friction grew between the settlers and the Nez Perce. The government sought to solve the problem by demanding that Chief Joseph move his people onto a reservation.

Joseph decided that the only way he could save his people from a constricted way of life, was to flee to Canada.What followed for the Nez Perce was a journey filled with danger and hardship.

Find out what became of their desperate attempt to keep their way of life.

Identifying Trees in Winter

Sunday, January 29, 1:00pm
Free event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester

Guest Speaker: Jack Shouba (Founding Father of Save The Prairie Society)

Join us, as we learn the names of trees by learning what is interesting and unique about each tree we encounter on our walk with Jack.

Your winter walks will be more interesting, especially if you can share your new knowledge with family and friends.

Meet Jack at the Prairie House. Hope to see you there.

Holiday Traditions and Celebrations

Sunday, December 4, 1:00pm
Free event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester

Come celebrate the holiday season with a presentation on the “Origins of Christmas Lore” from STPS Director Patricia Reaves. Open house and holiday treats to follow!

Zoom Webinar: The Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie Bison Project

On Tuesday, November 1st, at 6:00 p.m. central time, the LaSalle Public Library will virtually host Christina Henderson, Prairie Supervisor at Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, for a presentation that celebrates National Bison Day.

There was once so much prairie in Illinois that it became known as “The Prairie State.” Now, less than one-tenth of one percent remains. At Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, located at the site of the Joliet Arsenal, volunteers, partners, and employees are working with over 275 species of native Illinois prairie plants to increase and improve this natural habitat for pollinators and other important species. As part of the restoration project, a small herd of bison was introduced in 2015. In this virtual program, Ms. Henderson, will discuss how bison are helping to restore the prairie, and where the best places are to look for bison.

National Bison Day honors the ecological and cultural contributions of the United States National Mammal. It is celebrated on the first Saturday in November. This program is free, open to the public, and will be presented via Zoom. Registration is required. For more information, please contact the LaSalle Public Library at 815-223-2341

Registration link

Illinois was once home to Woolly Mammoths

Sunday, November 13, 1:00pm
Free Event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester

Common in Illinois 40,000 to 10,000 years ago, the Woolly Mammoth left behind remnants of its existence. For thousands of years, it was not unusual for humans to cross paths with these huge, heavily furred animals.

How did they interact with humans? Why did the Mammoths disappear?

Find out more as speaker Jack Mac Rae shares his research.


Illinois Heritage Music with Chris Vallillo

Sunday, October 9, 1:30-2:30pm & 3:00-4:00pm
Adults $10, Seniors (62+) $8, Children under 12 $5
@ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester

Chris Vallillo is a folk artist like no other who shares his enthusiasm and knowledge of Illinois and the heritage of the Midwest from the mid-1800s to the early 1900s. Hear the songs, stories, and vintage instruments of the pioneers and farmers and the time of Abraham Lincoln. Clap your hands and sing along while you learn and have fun at the same time! (Lawn chairs are also welcome.)

Chris will be performing two sets, one from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm, and a second from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Separate tickets for each performance can be purchased ahead of time (at the Prairie House during Open House on Sundays from 3:00 to 5:00 pm) or at the door, starting at 1:00 pm on Sunday, October 9, 2022.

Refreshments will be available. This event will be held outdoors, if weather permits. If not, the performance will be held indoors, with smaller capacity limits.

Taking precautions against Covid spread will be encouraged.

The Annual Old Fashioned Prairie Fest

Saturday, September 10, 10:00am to 4:00pm
Free event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester

Save the Prairie Society’s invites you to a free community event: The Annual Old Fashioned Prairie Fest! at the parkway of the Prairie House. Rain date September 24.


  • Guided, prairie and 1850’s schoolhouse tours throughout the day
  • Join The Natural Naturalist, Kim White, as she talks about many animals, common and uncommon
  • The Dulcimer players will be sharing the music of the Appalachian Mountains on the front porch of the Prairie House starting at 11:30 am

Outdoors & More:

  • 20 crafters will be selling their beautiful, handmade items
  • The Food Pantry and Grassroots Garden Club will be sharing information and answering questions about their organizations
  • Native Plants for sale on the west side of the House
  • Handmade quilts on the Prairie House Porch
  • Enjoy refreshments

Researching the Prairie House: Capturing Local Proviso History

Sunday, August 28, 1:00-3:00pm
Free Event @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester

Presenter: Patricia Reaves

You are invited to a presentation on research into the half-timbered, 1852-1858 schoolhouse at the heart of the recently updated Franzosenbusch Prairie House. The findings have yielded new insights into the history of the community along the border of Western Cook and DuPage Counties, located near the intersection of 22nd Street and Wolf Road. It is the history of the founders of the areas of Westchester, Hillside, La Grange Park and surroundings. It is also a presentation on early settlement on early history and migration, a look at what existed before the strip malls, businesses, homes and apartments became part of the Suburbs of the greater Chicago area.

It is the story of Wolf Road Prairie and its people – the main focus of the researchers of the history of the Prairie House – a chance for you to “meet” the early occupants of this site. Historic photos of the settlers and their early farmsteads will show their incredible drive and spirit which laid the foundations for a developing community. Take part in a visual exploration into an ongoing research and restoration project, take a walk back in time to the mid-19th century, and gain better understanding of the history of the area surrounding the natural wonders of Wolf Road Prairie.


Wild City: Human Ecosystem

Friday, July 29, 6:00pm
$1 donation requested @ the Historic Prairie House, 11225 Constitution Drive, Westchester

Wyatt Widmer, the Steward of Wolf Road Prairie will be our speaker.

Everywhere is an ecosystem, and everything is part of one, no matter what. That can prove difficult to understand in a world dominated by human beings who set themselves apart from the rest of their ecosystems.

However, the context of our society, our every life, is in ecology. The tools to improve everyone’s quality of life are in ecology. And the defenses against an uncertain future and a changing climate are in ecology. Come and learn how humans and our ecosystems can be good for each other, by learning the story of how Chicago came to be.