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Sand Ridge Nature Center to present 44th Annual Settlers’ Day

Nov 14, 2016

Sand Ridge Nature Center to present 44th Annual Settlers’ Day

Event to include living history demonstrations, encampments


Through stories told by living history demonstrations, encampments, performances and other interactive activities, visitors to Sand Ridge Nature Center can experience the history of the founding and development of our country during the 44th Annual Settlers’ Day on Sunday, Nov. 20.


More than 150 costumed re-enactors will represent and interpret Native Americans and French Voyageurs, as well as pioneer and settler times through the periods of the Underground Railroad and the Civil War. Activities and interpretation during the event also include pioneer-era cooking demonstrations, Benjamin Franklin: “Born British, Died American” performances, mock interactive wagon train trips from Ohio to Illinois in 1821, history hikes, period crafts and more.


Settlers’ Day is Sand Ridge Nature Center’s largest annual festival and one of the largest annual events put on by the Forest Preserves of Cook County. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and will kick off with a formal flag-raising ceremony and period-specific Honor Guard. Settlers’ Day is free to the public, though non-perishable food and cash donations will be accepted on site to benefit local food pantries.


Sand Ridge Nature Center, located at 15891 Paxton Avenue in South Holland, is one of six nature centers operated by the Forest Preserves of Cook County, and offers a variety of educational events and festivals throughout the year.


For more information on the 44rd Annual Settlers’ Day, call the Nature Center directly at (708) 868-0606. A complete listing of all programs is posted to the Forest Preserves’ events website at with seasonal brochures that can be downloaded.



Visit two of the treasures of the Forest Preserves of Cook County