World War II Programming

Home Front 1940s Weekend

Labor Day on the Home Front 

September 5, 1-4PM | Included in general admission

Spend your Labor Day weekend learning about Naperville’s World War II work force! Naper Settlement invites you to visit the WWII exhibit, Answering the Call: Naperville at War, and attend this 1940s Home Front event. There will also be military vehicles on display. Check out the schedule:

  • 1-4 PM - Kroehler Reunion Story Time: Did your parents work at Kroehler Manufacturing Company? Come share your story! Naper Settlement will video record stories on site, or you can contact the Curator of Research at to share your story. 
  • 2 PM - Join historical dramatist Lynn Rymarz as she portrays Rosie the Riveter and shares the story of women in the factories during WWII. Seating is limited. 
  • 3:15 PM - Rosie the Riveter Group Photo: Come dressed as Rosie the Riveter (denim shirt and red headband) for a group photo. Let’s see how many Rosies we can get in one picture! 

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Swinging at the Settlement 

September 21, 1:30-2:30PM | $10/person

Join Naper Settlement for a 1940s swing dance lesson featuring instruction from Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Naperville. Feel lighter than air during this dance class that is sure to sweep you off your feet! 1940s era clothing is encouraged.  

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Gold Star Mother's Day

September 26, 11AM-12PM | Free to attend, but registration is still required.

Join Naper Settlement and the Obama Legacy Initiative to honor the memory of Naperville’s heroes. There will be a special ceremony to dedicate Naper Settlement’s Gold Star Victory Garden beds to the families of the fallen. Activities will include guest speakers and an honor guard. A reception for attending Gold Star Families will follow the dedication ceremony.  

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Scouts on the Home Front

October 24, 1-4PM | $13/scout, $10/adult 

In honor of Juliette Low's birthday, Naper Settlement will celebrate the history and spirit of the Girl and Boy Scouts of America with a look into the home front efforts of the Scouts during World War II. Join us for exciting activities and crafts, a public service opportunity, a visit from a Rockford Peach, and more. Tickets must be shown for entrance to scouting activities onsite. The Rockford Peaches presentation will begin promptly at 1:30PM. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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War Letters - Veteran's Day Program 

November 11, 7-8PM | $10/person, free for veterans

Join us for dramatic, in costume readings of actual WWII letters by members of the 10th Mountain Division WWII reenacting group.

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History Speaks: A Day That Will Live in Infamy: The Attack on Pearl Harbor - Presented by The National Museum of the American Sailor (VIRTUAL PRESENTATION)

December 5, 4-5PM | $10/person

The shocking attack and major defeat at Pearl Harbor lead was the catalyst for the emergence of a new and determined naval fleet. The American people were shocked and outraged but rallied together to “Remember Pearl Harbor” and stand united behind their sailors as they battled our enemies in the Pacific Theater. This presentation will examine events leading up to the attack, how sailors and nurses responded, as well as the aftermath and legacy of the attack that is considered the Navy’s greatest defeat. Please note: this will be a virtual presentation. 

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