Local News and Events

Safe Haven exploring dog park
Safe Haven Humane Society of Jo Daviess County wants to hear from you if you would be interested in a dog park on Safe Haven property in Elizabeth. If Safe Haven receives enough interest, it will proceed with plans to turn several acres of property it owns on the west side of its building into a dog park. If you would be interested in the use of a dog park for a nominal annual fee contact the shelter at petinfo@aeroinc.net or 815-858-2265.
Hello Galena!
Hello Galena! is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization made up of more than 65 local artists. Their artwork and signature gift items are displayed at 121 N. Commerce St., Galena, Ill. Artists staff the art-only shop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday. The shop is open on Tuesday and Wednesday by chance from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, including a map and directions, call 815-777-1448 during shop hours, or view hellogalena.org. 

Women of Courage and Commitment welcomes new member

We are glad to welcome Laura Keyes to our cast of courageous pioneer women. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a master’s degree in library studies, and is working as Head of Adult Services at the Freeport Public Library. She has been charming audiences with her portrayals of Mrs. Abraham Lincoln and Laura Ingalls Wilder since 2008. 

Here’s the group’s schedule for 2017:
Aug. 19 – Scandalous grandmothers - Women of Courage and Commitment share real stories of their mothers and grandmothers.

Sept. 9 – Tea with the duchess - Everyone from Elizabeth Armstrong to the Duchess of Rutland are on hand to make life difficult and trying for Mrs. Baldwin, wife of the proprietor of the DeSoto House Hotel, as she tries to have a tea! Come in your best bonnet and join the ladies for a high tea full of hijinks!

Oct. 28 – Galena ghosts come alive - Scary tales of Galena’s ghosts, told by the ghosts themselves! Evening performance only, following Halloween parade.

Nov. 18 – Christmas With Laura Ingalls Wilder - New! Laura Keyes shares recollections of her Christmases on the prairie.

All shows are at the DeSoto House Hotel at 3 p.m., except the Halloween show, which follows the Halloween parade. Tickets for the July, August and November show are $15. This includes the show and coffee and dessert. Contact the DeSoto for price of the High Tea and the Halloween show. Reservations are suggested. Phone 1-815-777-0090.
Open House Dates First and third Saturday 
June through October 10 a.m. until noon p.m. Belden School was built in 1859.The stone structure is located off Heatherdowns Lane in The Galena Territory. The Belden School Restoration Committee was formed in 2004 by a group of Territory residents. Active efforts, using funds contributed from many interested and generous people, resulted in the restoration of the building. The committee provides tours and special events at the school on the first and third Saturdays June through October. Belden School website
Apple River Fort open year round
On June 24, 1832 a small company of Illinois militia (some 30 men and boys) and their families (an additional 40-odd women and children) successfully defended a small civilian-built fort against 200 warriors led by the great Sac tribal leader known as Black Hawk. Today Apple River Fort State Historic Site, a Black Hawk War landmark, includes both an interpretive center and a reconstruction of the long-vanished fort, completed in 1997 and modeled upon findings of a 1995 archaeological dig. Because of its archaeological and historic significance, the site is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Apple River Fort is a family-friendly historic site, open Wednesday through Sunday year round. The site interpretive center features knowledgeable staff, a variety of exhibits and showings of a brief dramatic video depicting the attack on Apple River Fort and other events of the 1832 Black Hawk War. The fort itself is open for self-guided tours.
On weekends from May 1 through Oct. 31, the fort comes to life through ongoing living history activities and special events that present stories both of the settlers within its walls and of the attacking Sac and Meskwaki without. Through demonstrations, hands-on activities and conversation, interpreters garbed in 1830s-style dress create a visitor experience that is historically accurate, engaging, educational, entertaining and most of all, memorable. Apple River Fort State Historic Site is located off U.S. 20 at 311 E. Myrtle St. in Elizabeth, Ill. Hours from Nov. 1 through April 30 are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday. For further information call 815-858-2028 or visit http://appleriverfort.org.
  Clothing featuring The Galena Territory logo now for sale
The Galena Territory Association has clothing with The Galena Territory logo on it for sale. The clothing includes polo shirts, windbreakers and zip-up sweatshirts. All are available for purchase at the Owners’ Club or to order online CLICK HERE.

AART Drive, First weekend each month

All River Road Talent (AART) a collection of the Tri-State region's top artists. Enjoy refreshments while viewing art, watching demonstrations and meeting the people who make it happen.