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Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial with #PeoriaStoryChallenge

By Mary Spengler and Pat England

Calling history lovers of all ages! Peoria Public Library is offering an exciting challenge to celebrate Illinois’ 200th birthday. From April 1 to May 31, email “selfies” or other photos of yourself visiting five historical sites and monuments around Peoria from a list of the twenty we provide, and you will be entered into a drawing to win some amazing prizes.

Participants 18 and up have the opportunity to win one of two prizes. The first prize is an Ancestry DNA kit, perfect for exploring your roots and using alongside Ancestry Library Edition, free at all Peoria Public Library locations. The second prize is a Peoria Historical Society sponsored tour, for the winner and a friend, of two of Peoria’s most famous homes, the Flanagan House Museum, constructed in 1837, and the Pettengill-Morron house, once home to abolitionist Moses Pettengill who was close friends with Abraham Lincoln.

Teens or children 18 and under who take part will be entered into a drawing to win an Instax mini-camera.

Participants who provide photos of themselves visiting a minimum of five locations may also complete our local history trivia sheet to have two extra tickets entered into the prize drawing.

#PeoriaStoryChallenge is the perfect opportunity for children and adults to learn more about Peoria’s rich history. Giant Oak Park, Peoria Public Library Lincoln Branch and Richard Pryor’s hometown statue are just a few of the fun destinations that will be listed. All photo entries and trivia answers must be submitted by email to programmingdept@ppl.peoria.lib.il.us no later than 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 31, and may be posted to the Peoria Public Library website and social media to promote #PeoriaStoryChallenge. Be sure to check the website at peoriapubliclibrary.org for more information.


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