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Glen Ellyn Historical Society offers glimpse into pioneer life with annual Tavern Day

School marm Meredith Salamunovich leads lessons in an outdoor one-room school house at Tavern Day 2012.  The school house will be back in session at this year's celebration.
School marm Meredith Salamunovich leads lessons in an outdoor one-room school house at Tavern Day 2012. The school house will be back in session at this year's celebration.

GLEN ELLYN – For more than 10 years, Glen Ellyn residents have traveled back in time to the pioneer days of their village founders as part of the Glen Ellyn Historical Society's annual Tavern Day celebration.

Tavern Day will feature various hands-on activites and demonstrations for the whole family.

"It's a good way to get kids interested in history, when you can actually do things," Executive Director Jan Shupert-Arick said.

The event will take place from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29 at Historic Stacy's Corners, 800 N. Main St.

Visitors will be able to listen to tales of old Glen Ellyn, create a corn husk doll, stuff a scarecrow, learn about beekeeping and try their hand at chores such as rope making, corn shelling and candle dipping.

Other attractions include an old-fashioned school house, farm animals, pioneer games, musical performances and more.

New this year is an artificial milking cow.

Stacy's Tavern Museum will be open to attendees during the event. The Historical Society will have maps on hand that show the routes of old stagecoach lines in the area.

Potted mums also will be on sale during the event to fundraise for the Historical Society.

Shupert-Arick hopes Tavern Day engages families in history and shows them what it was like to live in the 1800s, which really wasn't all that long ago, she said.

"It's not just something you read about in a book," Shupert-Arick said.

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If you go

What: Tavern Day
When: 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 29
Where: Historic Stacy's Corners, 800 N. Main St.
Cost: Adult - $6 members, $8 non-members; children (ages 3 to 17) – $3 members, $4 non-members. Tickets may be purchased ahead of time for the member rate at Stacy’s Corners Store, 800 N. Main St., or at the event.

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