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Colonel Palmer House schedules open house

Published: Sunday, April 21, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

CRYSTAL LAKE – The historic Colonel Palmer House is a hidden gem of Crystal Lake that serves as a reminder of our local history and heritage.

May is National History Month, and it is a perfect time to learn how this home, built by Gustavus and Henrietta Palmer in 1858, still affects residents today. 

To kick off “Look at Local History Month,” the staff of the Colonel Palmer House has scheduled an open house from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 4 at 660 E. Terra Cotta Ave. (Route 176).

As home to the Crystal Lake Historical Society Library and Archive Month, visitors will learn how they can use the library to research their home or research people from the community.

An exhibit on schools within Crystal Lake will be featured with a focus on Crystal Lake Central High School.

Colonel Palmer House facility coordinator Mary Ott will be on hand to answer questions and give house tours.

Tours will begin each hour from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the last tour of the day beginning at 3 p.m. 

For information about tours, scout programs and special events at the Colonel Palmer House, call Ott at 815-477-5873.

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