Follow our Events page for a full schedule of PHS events.
Holiday Home Tours
The first Saturday and Sunday in December our annual tour of historic homes in Peoria decorated for the holidays, along with special displays and activities.
The Moss Avenue Antique Sale & Festival
The Moss Avenue Antique Sale & Festival features over 120 vendors, food, and live music. The Historical Society holds a yard sale on the front lawn of the Pettengill-Morron House Museum and the House is open for tours throughout the day.
4th of July at Flanagan House
Enjoy a wonderful view of the magnificent Peoria fireworks on the Illinois riverfront as you relax in the shade of the Flanagan House yard. Refreshments are available or pack your own picnic. Home Tours are also available!
Peoria Chiefs Baseball Outing
Peoria Distillers Week at Dozer Park. Go back in time as we bring back the popular Peoria Distillers namesake. The Chiefs become the Distillers for three games July 25, 26 and 27. Complete with Jersey Auction on July 27! Funds raised support the Peoria Historical Society.
henri deTonti award celebration
Each year the Historical Society honors individuals who demonstrate outstanding community leadership. This year we honor Art and Judy Oakford. September 6, 2018 at the Hayden - Clark Alumni Center of Bradley University.
First Sundays from 1 to 4 PM and by appointment
Open House Sunday October 21st 1-3 PM and Saturday October 27th 1-4 PM for History and Hauntings decorated for a spooky Halloween.
The John C. Flanagan House Museum was built in 1837 on Peoria's east bluff by Judge John C. Flanagan and is the oldest standing house in Peoria. This American Federalist style house offers a spectacular view of the Illinois River Valley. Collections of antique glass, china, furniture, toys, quilts and vintage clothing are displayed. The house is on the National Register of Historic Places and is owned by the Peoria Historical Society.
First Sundays from 1 TO 4 PM, every Thursday from 10 to 2 PM and by appointment
Celebrate 150 years of the home and learn about all of the owners, stories of abolitionists and the underground railroad, what famous actor was married in the home and other stories of Peoria's past along with unique collection pieces.
History on the Move: Historical Peoria Bus Tours
Throughout spring, summer and fall, our History on the Move Historic Bus Tours provide the unique opportunity to view many of the historic homes and venues in the Peoria area. Expert guides provide fascinating stories and information.
Certified PHS guides lead historical bus tours from June through October on Friday and Saturdays. Custom ("Step-on") tours with a PHS-certified guide can also be arranged for organizations who provide their own private transportation. The customized historic tour can also be combined with a tour of one or both of the historic house museums. Tour themes are listed below.
Roll Out the Barrel Tour
Peoria was once the whiskey capital of the world. Learn how and why so many distilleries and breweries came to be located here.
Naughty to Nice Tour
The tour traces some of Peoria’s colorful past during the 1920’s, including the site of the Bernie Shelton murder. Also discover why Peoria has earned “All-America City” status four times.
River City Tour
This tour has it all - the earliest settlement of the area, the whiskey and earthmoving capital of the world, the great mansions of Grandview Drive and the beautiful historic areas of High Street and Moss Avenue.
Grandview Drive & Springdale Cemetery Tour
Enjoy spectacular views of the river from the world’s most beautiful drive while seeing elegant homes of past and present Peorians. Continue with a tour of the oldest chartered cemetery in the state of Illinois, which features 255 acres of tree-lined roads.
Abraham Lincoln & the Civil War Tour
Learn the story of Lincoln’s many visits to Peoria, the Civil War troops who trained here and the monuments erected in their honor.
Haunted Peoria Tour
Enjoy the dark side of Peoria as we venture to places where strange sightings and events have been reported.
Landmarks & Monuments (NEW TOUR!)
This tour focuses on some of the many wonderful outdoor sculptures in Peoria, as well as notable structures not emphasized in our other tours.