Local News and Events

Property Owners and their guests are invited to participate in GTA activities and events. If you have questions or would like to register for an event, please call 815-777-2000 or email Recreation Coordinator Sue Young.

Hello Galena! 

You'll be greeted by our local Galena artists and find original art, handmade artwork and crafts that make the perfect gifts including—paintings, baskets, stained glass, hand-knit items, Galena history books, pottery, cards, music, toys, jewelry and much more! 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 hours of operation 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 to the store, call 815-777-1448 during shop hours.

Beef Stew Drive Thru Feb. 23

The Richard Peterson EMT Endowment Fund Committee will again host its Beef Stew Drive Thru fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 23 at the Owners’ Club entrance from 5-7 p.m. Our “Drive up, pick up and drive away” event is going to be even better than last year! With generous support from Chef Randy Hoppman and Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa, our plentiful portion of beef stew will be accompanied by a soft mop bread and chocolate chunk cookie. The Richard Peterson EMT Endowment Fund is a part of the Galena Territory Foundation, Inc. and provides reimbursement for emergency medical technician education and training. By covering some of the cost of EMT education and training, we can help our emergency responders help us. It’s a win/win. We all benefit! Watch for more information about the fundraiser and The Richard Peterson EMT Endowment Fund soon.

Scholarships available for senior students

The Galena Territory Foundation is pleased to announce that applications for college and vocational school scholarships are now available. Students residing in the three school districts included in the boundaries of The Galena Territory – Galena, River Ridge and Scales Mound – including private school students who reside within these three school districts’ boundaries may apply. Applications can be downloaded from The Galena Territory Association website or obtained from guidance counselors at the three public high schools. Applications are due March 9, 2018. Scholarships are awarded to students pursuing a four-year degree or seeking to obtain a vocational/trade certificate or associates degree. With cost of college and technical school continuing to rise, many deserving students are not able to attend without grants or scholarships. Thanks to the generosity of Territory residents and other local supporters, the foundation has been able to award well more than 100 scholarships! Many of these students remain in or return to the area to pursue careers in business, education, nursing, farming and many other areas. Questions may be directed to Christine Harris, chair of the Education and Scholarship Committee at wiu77grad@gmail.com or 815-777-3933.

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Ancient America showing March 16

The Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) is hosting a popcorn and program event Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. at the Galena Center for the Arts, 219 Summit St., Galena. featuring the movie Ancient America, about the indigenous people who first settled northwestern Illinois. Following the 40-minute film, archaeologist Phil Millhouse will talk about his research at JDCF’s Native American heritage sites, all within a few miles of The Galena Territory and many which are open to the public. Former GTA board president and current president of the JDCF board of directors, Fran Peterson, is on the team presenting JDCF’s speaker events. “We really want everyone who lives or visits here to be aware of the unique and special history that is being preserved on JDCF properties,” Peterson said. These include remnants of villages, some 53 burial mounds and two effigies. “This movie and speaker event is part of JDCF’s 2018 series devoted to heightening understanding and appreciation of our region’s indigenous American cultures.” 

Ancient America showcases the Woodland and Mississippian peoples who, thousands of years ago, were constructing impressive burial mound groups and other intricate earthen structures throughout the Mississippi River Valley and its tributaries. Some were miles long with complex geometrical designs; some supported settlement rituals or were built in animal forms embodying social and religious beliefs. They also built cities with tens of thousands of people, including the great center of Cahokia, across the river from modern-day St. Louis. Cahokia’s people built immense platform mounds and established trading routes and trading partners throughout the North American mainland. Archaeologists theorize that a village at the site of JDCF’s Wapello Land and Water Reserve may have been along one of those routes. After the movie, Phil Millhouse will talk about his research at Wapello, which provides dramatic evidence that Wapello was an ancient home to people from both the Woodland and Mississippian cultural traditions, whose interaction created a new culture referred to as the Oneota. The Ho-Chunk and Ioway peoples of today are among those who trace their heritage to those ancient Americans. The program is free to attend, and complimentary popcorn will be served. Seating may be limited and will be first come, first served.
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.

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.
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.
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