Here you will find noteworthy news, our latest donations and other exciting happenings at the Fort.

​​Illinois Humanities Council Awards  2015 Grant to Apple River Fort State Historic Site

The​ Apple River Fort State Historic Site has been awarded a technical assistance grant in the amount of $1,760.00 from the Illinois Humanities Council. Grant funds will be used to fund consultation devoted to overhauling and improving the Fort's living history program. The final product will be a new interpretive plan supported by guidelines setting forth standards for accurate interpretation based on solid documentation.

The team of consultants will make recommendations concerning the historical authenticity and site-appropriate quality of​​ reproductions (such as furnishings and tools) used in the site's living history program, as well as the manner in which the site's structures and their contents represent the documented  history of the fort, its people, and the surrounding settlement. They will also address ways to improve staff and volunteer interpreters' attention to visitor experience.

Maurie Grafton of Hanover (left) delighted the hammer dulcimer workshop participants with several familiar tunes.
Thank you . . .

Stan and Nancy Backenkellar ​​for their kind donation of hostas. They will enhance the plantings around our Interpretive Center.

Terry Sorchy​​ for his gift of two cast iron pans. They'll see good service on our hearth. And very special thanks for the generous donation (via Terry Miller) of beautiful period-correct reproduction fabric for interpreters' dresses.

Cory Walters for his good work weeding the planted area around our sign along US 20/Main Street. (Lara and Cory Walters own Elizabeth's Three Sisters Sweet Shoppe​​.
This original Lily Topol painting of Black Hawk is on loan. It hangs above the fireplace in the Interpretive Center for all to enjoy.
This floor loom (on loan) sits in the basement of the Interpretive Center awaiting its debut at the Fort. We do need someone to balance it and get it ready for weaving. Betsy Morris, one of the three Elizabeths at the fort, was a weaver.
Thank you to the generous patron who donated money towards living history supplies. We bought two brass trade kettles to use over the fire. The Apple River Fort Foundation also contributed to the purchase.
Bob Braun (right) shared knowledge of 1830s weaponry during his presentation, the best-attended winter event thus far.
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Winter Workshops a Success

Photos by Janice Myelle​​