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Celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial by exploring Peoria’s rich history with #PeoriaStoryChallenge. This program runs April 1 through May 31. All entries must be submitted to Peoria Public Library at email@example.com by 6:00 p.m on Thursday, May 31 to qualify for the prize drawings. Downloadable rules, locations and trivia questions available at the bottom of the page.
Ages 18 and up:
1st Prize- Ancestry DNA Test Kit
2nd Prize-Peoria Historical Society tour tickets for two, for Peoria’s famous Flanagan House Museum and the Pettengill-Morron House.
Ages 17 and under:
All participants 17 and under will be entered into a prize drawing for an Instax Mini Camera
(1) Visit five local historical sites or monuments listed below, taking a “selfie” or a photo of yourself at each site. For each five additional sites you visit you will earn an extra ticket to be entered into the prize drawing for your age category.
(2) Answer our list of 20 trivia questions based on the sites listed below. This part is optional, but is fun, educational, and participation will entitle you to two more tickets entered into the prize drawing. You must complete rule number one to qualify for the two additional tickets. We won’t grade your answers, but we will have an answer sheet available if you are interested in learning the correct answer.
(3) Email your photos and trivia answers to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Title your email “Peoria Story Challenge,” and provide us with your name, age and phone number so we can contact you if you win a prize.
(4) Share your photos and fun facts you’ve learned with friends and family, or online with the hashtag #PeoriaStoryChallenge.
Please note: Peoria Public Library may share photos we receive on the Peoria Public Library website and related social media to promote this program.
Destinations (pick five):
#PeoriaStoryChallenge Trivia Questions (submit answers only):
What was the property used for from 1850-1890?
Where did the lions originally reside?
Richard Pryor’s statue, located at Washington and State streets, was created by:
What did local residents regret losing with the closure of the Market House?
How old is the giant oak?
a. One hundred to 300 years old
b. Greater than 300 years old
c. Less than 100 years old
A staunch abolitionist and “conductor” on the Underground Railroad, Pettengill was close friends with whom?
Who lived in the home with Judge Flanagan?
8. The imposing 230 foot spires of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception have been a prominent feature of the Peoria skyline since the church’s dedication in 1889. Built of limestone, the cathedral was dedicated by Peoria’s first Roman Catholic bishop, John Lancaster Spalding. Boasting connections to the nation’s first televangelist, Archbishop Fulton Sheen, and visited by Mother Teresa, the church completed a major renovation in 2016.
What is the architectural style of the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception?
An eighteen-inch box was placed in the monument containing:
The cannon was manufactured from:
11. Now on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, the three-wheeled Duryea Motor Trap was created in 1898 by Charles Duryea in a barn behind his home on Barker Street.
Who said, “The Duryea car was a masterpiece. It did more to start the automobile industry than any other car ever made.”?
The monument is located near the site where:
During a 1910 visit, President Theodore Roosevelt declared:
The monument is made of:
c. Terra Cotta
What is located on the side of the tower?
The bridge spans:
Who is buried at Springdale Cemetery?
Bradley University was originally named:
What is the worst maritime accident in the history of the Illinois River?
Who was the original owner of the Powell Press Building?
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