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Living history open house set for May 19

Published: Sunday, May 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CST

RINGWOOD – The McHenry County Conservation District will celebrate Local History Month with a program May 19 to help residents discover more about the area’s past.

Attendees can step back in time to the 1850s at a Living History Open House from noon to 4 p.m. at Glacial Park’s Powers-Walker House, 6201 Harts Road in Ringwood. 

Costumed re-enactors will demonstrate seasonal activities and skills that were done in the 1850s. May’s open house will feature a “Restoration Showcase” of both the house and donated artifacts, including the recently completed restoration of the Winter Kitchen that was made possible through a grant from the local Questers group and their state organization.

A special presentation of “Restoration by the Numbers” is scheduled for 2 p.m. to detail the effort of restoring the Powers-Walker House in time, expenses, volunteers and artifacts.

The open house is free, and registration is not required for this drop-in event. 

For information or to register, contact Prairieview Education Center at 815-479-5779 or

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