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Home Front 1940s Weekend

Home Front 1940s Weekend

Home Front 1940s Weekend

September 25, 12-10 PM & September 26, 12-5 PM 
$15 per Adult & $10 per Youth (ages 4-12)

Members and children under four are free!  

Swing back into the 1940s as Naper Settlement transforms into a one-of-a-kind commemoration of WWII on September 25 and 26. Listen to the energizing sounds of the swing and big band era as Andrew & His Two Sisters and Pete Ellman’s Big Band take the stage on Saturday night. Swing dancing classes from Arthur Murray Dance Studio will ensure you’re ready to dance along to classics such as Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy, In the Mood, and more! On Sunday, meet the inspiring people of the past including Rosie the Riveter interpreted by Lynn Rymarz, and join our 100 Rosies photo opp. Learn how the Rockford Peaches Baseball Team, who inspired the film League of their Own, became the most successful All-American Girls Professional Baseball League in the country with Rebecca Tulloch. Following the lecture, attendees are encouraged to stay for a Peaches baseball game. Don your best vintage attire and step into the 1940s as the community commemorates Naperville’s Home Front story with a fun, historic look at the past that is sure to inspire you!

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Please note: To purchase tickets for September 26, click on OTHER DATES on the ticketing page and select that date on the calendar.

Saturday, September 25 - Military & Music!

  • Military displays of antique and modern vehicles
  • Kroehler Manufacturing reunion 
  • "The Best Years of Our Lives" movie showing
  • Victory garden canning demonstrations 
  • Andrew and his Two Sisters musical performance 
  • Swing dancing classes from Arthur Murray Dance Center of Naperville
  • Pete Ellman’s Big Band performance
  • Beer, wine, and food trucks
  • and more!

Sunday, September 26 - Stories on the Home Front

  • Gold Star Memorial Victory Garden dedication in honor of Gold Star families on Gold Star Mother's Day
  • Rockford Peaches Baseball Game and lecture with Rebecca Tulloch
  • Dean Milano 1940s Music performance
  • Rosie the Riveter lecture by Lynn Rymarz and "100 Rosies" Photo-Op (dress up in your best denim shirt and red polka dot headband!)
  • Beer, wine, and food trucks
  • and more!

Check back on August 17 for a detailed line-up and schedule!

Interested in attending Home Front 1940s Weekend for free?

Naper Settlement members receive complimentary admission to all Naper Settlement produced events (rental events not included), including all six Naper Nights concerts, Home Front 1940s Weekend, Oktoberfest,  All Hallows Eve, and Howlin' at the Moon (21+). Memberships start at only $35 (Settlement-1). 

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Event Policies

Naperville Heritage Society Special Events have additional policies to the Naper Settlement's museum policy.

  • All patrons must prepare and complete a bag check.
  • Photographs may be taken and used in promotional materials.
  • No outside food or drinks. One factory sealed bottle of unflavored water or one empty beverage container (no glass) per person is permitted.
  • No pets are allowed. Service Animals are permitted.
  • Smoking and vaping are permitted in designated areas only.

Inclement Weather

All Naperville Heritage Society events take place rain or shine. However, in the case of unsafe weather - lightning, tornado, etc. - Naper Settlement will close the grounds and cancel the event for the safety of its patrons.

Refund Policy

All events and prices are subject to change without notice. Special event rates may vary. All ticket sales are final. No refunds, exchanges, or rain checks will be given in the event of inclement weather. Dated tickets may not be exchanged.

Questions?

Email or call 630.420.6010 weekdays between 8:30 AM and 4 PM.

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