McHenry County Historical Society & Museum
Join the Heritage Quilters each Wednesday morning throughout the year at the Society’s museum at 6422 Main Street in Union. Quilters of varying levels of experience meet from 9:30 a.m. to about noon to work on a raffle quilt that benefits the not-for-profit Historical Society. For more information phone (815) 923-2267
January’s featured art exhibit at the Woodstock Opera House showcases a collection of historic quilts on loan from the McHenry County Historical Society.
Pictured is a Tumbling Block quilt top from the 1870s that uses fabric from a decade earlier. This quilt is on display along with eight others from the Historical Society's collection. They include a Reform quilt using fabric printed during the William Henry Harrison presidential campaign of 1840, a crazy quilt with a “log cabin” border from the 1880s and a 4 Patch Medallion quilt that was given as a wedding present to Gertrude Freund of Johnsburg and Nicholas Justen of McHenry in 1879.
Sign up to bring your own object, or just come and watch the fun at the Society's museum in Union between 1 and 4 p.m Saturday, Feb. 28.
2014 Historical Society Sampler Lecture Series:
Series tickets $35; members $30; individual programs $10.
Join us from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. for a special “Members Only” Open House. McHenry County Historical Society members (and those who sign up that night) get a sneak peak at the new exhibit in which a dozen of our members share their private collections with the community.
6 p.m. –- McHenry County Historical Society Museum opens for the season, marking its 52nd year. "Bottles, Barrels & Brews: McHenry County on Tap" celebrates the county's brewing history and the recent return of local breweries, including Chain O' Lakes Brewery – located in the former McHenry Brewing Co. building in McHenry. View bee memorabilia. There will be a charge to sample local craft beer.
7 p.m. —. Perkins Hall Players presents a historic drama. Named after a noted Kentucky Derby entrant, the “Bubbling Over” was the most notorious speakeasy in McHenry County during Prohibition. Listen in while members of the "Law & Order League" attempt to close this den of inequity – staged at the site of the former tavern, now the Old Rivers Inn, at 17112 Route 14 in Woodstock. Period clothing encouraged. Free admission. Light refreshments.
2 p.m. — Old Fashioned, 1860 baseball game at Prairie Grove park off Barreville and Ames Road. Civil War-era baseball game pits the McHenry County “Independants” against the Grayslake Athletics. Grayslake Heritage Center Executive Director Dave Oberg will umpire and emcee, explaining the rules and teaching the audience to cheer and jeer in proper 19th -century fashion. (Away game in Grayslake at 4 p.m. Aug. 29).