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Heritage Days Great Addition to Summer Events


Momence Heritage Day 2018 is in the books, 

and what a fun an educational event it was!  The day started with a little rain, but by the time of the Opening Ceremony at the Library, the sun came out.  The Opening Ceremony consisted of the raising of the flag with a salute by the Momence Honor Guard, the Pledge of Allegiance led by area Girl Scouts, and Mary Cantwell singing our National Anthem.  Pastor Lane Keister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church gave the blessing and Alderwoman Rebekah Cope and two of her students performed on the violin, followed by a few words from Mayor Chuck Steele, Library Director Robin Adkins, and Heritage Day Chair Beth Crouch.  The Opening Ceremony culminated with the unveiling and dedication of the library’s new sign.

Heritage Day came to life as some of the committee members, and a number of citizens spent the day dressed in costumes appropriate to their favorite time period.  A costume contest was held at the end of the day with ribbons awarded in several age groups.

The day continued with outstanding musical performances by the Theatiki Fife & Drum Corps on East Washington Street and Island Park, Preston Lambert, Eliana Weston, and Brother Charles on Washington Street in front of Off the Vine, and Darlene Agner and Ron Selle with their fabulous “Music of the 1940’s” show at the Farm Museum.  Special guests included “Mrs. Lincoln” (Valerie Gugala) at the Little Red School House, “Abe Lincoln” (Vernon Risty) accompanied by Union Soldier Steve Gross with appearances all over town , silhouette artist Nina Nightingale and “Mrs. Chipman” (Montana Sandstrom) at the library, The Stanford Battery Civil War Living History Group and cricket games at Island Park, Zach Nunamaker and the Civil War soldiers at the Soldier’s Monument in Lions Park, Phil Angelo at the Main Street building, Amazing Moments Photo Booth at the Graham Historic House, blacksmith Ethan Stone at the Pioneer Cabin at Conrad Park, and Kevin McNulty and Marcia Tedford at the Momence Railroad Depot.  Our museums also had historic displays and artifacts for all to see.  City Hall was transformed into Heritage Hall, where a number of exhibitors shared their knowledge of the history and heritage of Momence and Kankakee County. A walking tour of downtown buildings offered participants an insight into the history of these buildings.  Carousel Carriage provided awesome horse & carriage rides, and Show Bus transported the public between sites.  Vendors lined East Washington Street with all sorts of treasures, and food trucks and our own Momence Packing provided great food.  Our downtown restaurants and businesses participated by offering their own specials for the day, and a number of our churches and historical buildings held open houses, including Cranky Mike’s Popcorn (Chris Doud), located in what was originally Our Savior Lutheran Church.

Everyone involved deserves a huge THANK YOU for helping to make this event happen!  The Heritage Day Committee, chaired by Beth and Larry Crouch, including Marcia Tedford, Nancy Porter, Bruce & Eileen Crooks, Erica Koop, Ted Petersen, Matt & Kendra Sandstrom, Jake & Paige Salomone, Lois Ware, Marlene Bedell, Jose & Lupe Rivera, Ashley Luft, Keller & Steve Weiss, and Sherrie Braswell.  The committee could not have accomplished their assigned tasks without the help of the many volunteers who helped with the event.  The Momence Park District, led by Ann Cobb, was instrumental in insuring that the Island Park events proceeded smoothly.  Last, but certainly not least, thanks to all of our sponsors, whose generous cash and in-kind donations provided for all activities to be free to the public.

Besides the photographs here, be sure to check out the captioned gallery on the Heritage Day website: for more memories of the 2018 Heritage Day celebration.   And…save the date for next year’s Heritage Day on June 8, 2019!

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