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New Additions & Old Favorites on Garfield Farm Museum's 2010 Calendar

CAMPTON HILLS IL: Garfield Farm has some great programming this year, including several new additions and a number of returning favorites. As always, the museum strives with its programming to illustrate how challenging daily life was for Illinois‚ pioneers. In an era of convenience and accessibility, museum visitors can garner an understanding and appreciation for the comfort we have, here in the 21st century.

    The museum will hold its Natural Area Management Seminar on February 20th. This will be followed by new lectures on antique trade signs and homespun ceramics on February 21st and 28th, respectively. On March 7th, visitors can learn about antique apple grafting during an afternoon seminar. The Chicago Suburban Antiques Dealers Association (CSADA) will have its 53rd annual Fox Valley Antique Show at the Kane Co. Fair Grounds on March 13th and 14th. Proceeds from the show will benefit the Museum. On March 21st, visitors with an interest in period music can attend a workshop on Dulcimers, a very unique type of stringed instrument.

    The month of May will see a woodland wild flower walk on the 2nd and the museum‚s annual Rare Breed Show on the 23rd. The show stresses the importance of genetic diversity, through animals exhibited by breeders from the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

    The summer offers several great opportunities to visit the farm. Enjoy a lovely afternoon during 1840s Days on June 12th & 13th. Now in its second year, this event will offer tavern tours, period demonstrations, and a craft show. Visitors can help support the farm with a night of dinner and dancing at the Contra Dance & Dinner Fundraiser on June 26th. In July, the museum will hold two farm camps, offering children a chance to experience farm life in the 19th century. During mid June and again in late September, two 2 week archaeological excavations are planned Volunteers may break sod, carefully shovel, screen, and wash artifacts. Reservations are required.

    August will be a busy month. The Antique Tool Show on August 1st features thousands of tools for sale by members of both the Mid-West Tool Collectors Association and the Early American Industries Association. The Heirloom Garden Show on August 29th gives the garden enthusiast the occasion to purchase produce and seeds from local gardeners and members of the Seed Saver Exchange.

    In September, there will be lectures on historic barns and the history of corn. Harvest Days on October 3rd will be celebrating 30 years this season. The always-popular event demonstrates activities that took place during the fall season on an 1840s farm. In December, the Candlelight Reception will show how the Garfield‚s tavern appeared to the weary traveler during a winter evening. It will be combined with the Homespun Holiday Market featuring crafts from local artisans.

    The museum offers guided tours year round by appointment or on Wednesday and Sundays, June through September from 1 - 4 pm. Tours include the 1846 inn, the historic barns and livestock and gardens upon request.

    To obtain a calendar of events, contact the museum at (630) 584-8485 or The calendar is also posted on the website at Garfield Farm is a 370-acre historically intact former 1840s Illinois prairie farmstead and teamster inn that is being restored by donors and volunteers from 37 states as an 1840s working farm museum. Garfield Farm is 5 miles west of Geneva, IL off Ill Rt. 38 on Garfield Road.

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