If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.

– Rudyard Kipling

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A River Thru History Rendezvous

September 10, 2022 @ 10:00 AM - September 11, 2022 @ 4:00 PM EDT

Take a voyage back in time to the fur trade era before Chicago became a city.

New and returning reenactors are welcome to camp on the beautiful banks of the Des Plaines,
the actual river on which Marquette and Joliet traveled in 1673, as they paddled up river
towards present day Chicago. This is a call for additional Military and Native American reenactors.

We will reimburse powder used at the event.

Meet DuSable, often called Chicago’s first resident, along with voyageurs, craftsmen,
musicians and entertainers, as they gather for this annual early American celebration.
Come to the children’s trading post, see wolves and live animals, and experience frontier
food, storytelling, Native American and French games, a skillet toss, fire starting contest,
a fashion show, tomahawk throwing, and even more fun for the whole family.

Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm. Free public parking at UPS, 1 UPS Way, Hodgkins, IL.
Shuttle buses run continuously to take visitors to and from the Rendezvous.
Participating reenactors park on site, with water, porta potties, firewood, and ice (small fee) provided.
For more information, visit www.ariverthruhistory.com, or contact Mark Bosse at 708-551-2509,
or [email protected].


September 10, 2022 @ 10:00 AM EDT
September 11, 2022 @ 4:00 PM EDT
Event Categories:


First Day Open/Close Times:
10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Second Day Open/Close Times:
10:00 AM-4:00 PM
Event Genre
French and Indian War, American Revolutionary War, 1830-1840
Available At The Event
Military, Natives, Civilians, Food Vendors, Demos, Merchants, Entertainers, Blanket Traders
Years Portrayed at Event

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