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  1. Blacksmithing 101

    May 7, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Naper Settlement Blacksmith Shop

    Learn the art of blacksmithing with an introduction to safety, tools and the forge in this two-session class. Participants will learn hammer techniques while making an item to take home. For ages 18 and up; limited to 6 participants. All materials are provided.

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  2. Streaming History Walking Tour

    May 7, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM @ Tour steps off from Naper Settlement parking lot at the corner of Webster St. and Porter Ave.

    This guided walking tour of Naperville’s Riverwalk will highlight points of interest including John Naper’s homestead, a former ice cream factory, downtown businesses and Centennial Park. The tour is over two miles and begins at the Naper Settlement parking lot at Webster St. and Porter Ave. It will end at the Fireman’s Memorial on West Jefferson Ave. Registration required; space limited to the first 20 registrants

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  3. Wednesday Walking Club

    May 11, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM @ Enter at the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center at the corner of Webster St. and Aurora Ave.

    Get fit the old fashioned way! When it comes to outdoor activity, there is no better way than an active stroll around the beautiful 12-acre museum campus. Check in at the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center. After being greeted by a staff member, choose your route through the museum grounds, with an option to include the Riverwalk. After your walk, log your minutes (not miles) then enjoy a healthy treat and camaraderie with fellow walkers. Earn reward tickets to Naper Settlement programs and events.

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  4. Blacksmithing 101

    May 14, 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM @ Naper Settlement Blacksmith Shop

    Day two of a two day series. Learn the art of blacksmithing with an introduction to safety, tools and the forge in this two-session class. Participants will learn hammer techniques while making an item to take home. For ages 18 and up; limited to 6 participants. All materials are provided.

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  5. Artifacts Uncovered

    May 14, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM @ Enter at Door F - located at the northwest corner of the building

    Go behind-the-scenes for a curator-led glimpse of the state-of-the-art storage areas where we will show you highlights of our permanent collection. The climate-controlled 23,000-square-foot space is filled with materials that document the rich history of Naperville from its settlement in 1831 up until the present day. No food, beverages, bags or photography permitted. Ages 13+ only.

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  6. History Speaks Lecture Series: Hops and History

    May 15, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM @ Century Memorial Chapel

    Love beer, Chicagoland and history? Learn a bit about the area’s development and social history as it intersects with the brewing industry. Denese Neu, author of “Chicago by the Pint,” will share a creative narrative woven from various chapters of history, her book and miscellaneous anecdotes picked up during her research and work with the craft beer industry. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. After the presentation, Two Brothers, a local brewing company founded in 1996 by brothers Jim and Jason Ebel, will be providing appetizers to pair with four beer samplings. 21 and over, ID required.

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  7. Wednesday Walking Club

    May 18, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM @ Enter at the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center at the corner of Webster St. and Aurora Ave.

    Get fit the old fashioned way! When it comes to outdoor activity, there is no better way than an active stroll around the beautiful 12-acre museum campus. Check in at the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center. After being greeted by a staff member, choose your route through the museum grounds, with an option to include the Riverwalk. After your walk, log your minutes (not miles) then enjoy a healthy treat and camaraderie with fellow walkers. Earn reward tickets to Naper Settlement programs and events.

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  8. Civil War Days

    May 21, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Naper Settlement

    You become part of history when you experience the sweeping pageantry and spectacle of the war that divided a nation during Civil War Days, an annual event at Naper Settlement. More than 300 Civil War re-enactors camp on site, providing a living historical view of the past. When the bugle sounds each day at 2:30 p.m., troops from the North and the South will charge into battle with rifles at the ready and cannons booming. Afterward, you can see the work of the Civil War surgeons as they demonstrate 19th century medical techniques. Interact with famous personages of the past who step from the pages of history books, such as President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, the Generals and many more.

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  9. Civil War Days

    May 22, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM @ Naper Settlement

    You become part of history when you experience the sweeping pageantry and spectacle of the war that divided a nation during Civil War Days, an annual event at Naper Settlement. More than 300 Civil War re-enactors camp on site, providing a living historical view of the past. When the bugle sounds each day at 2:30 p.m., troops from the North and the South will charge into battle with rifles at the ready and cannons booming. Afterward, you can see the work of the Civil War surgeons as they demonstrate 19th century medical techniques. Interact with famous personages of the past who step from the pages of history books, such as President Abraham Lincoln and his wife Mary Todd Lincoln, the Generals and many more.

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  10. Wednesday Walking Club

    May 25, 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM @ Enter at the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center at the corner of Webster St. and Aurora Ave.

    Get fit the old fashioned way! When it comes to outdoor activity, there is no better way than an active stroll around the beautiful 12-acre museum campus. Check in at the Pre-Emption House Visitor Center. After being greeted by a staff member, choose your route through the museum grounds, with an option to include the Riverwalk. After your walk, log your minutes (not miles) then enjoy a healthy treat and camaraderie with fellow walkers. Earn reward tickets to Naper Settlement programs and events.

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