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Goose Lake Prairie Partners
Volunteers at Goose Lake Prairie State Natural Area
5010 N. Jugtown Road off Pine Bluff Road, Morris, IL 60450

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33rd Annual Cabin Festival
Saturday, June 2, 2018

Logo CPV Three Rivers PowerOur Sponsor for the third year --
CPV Three Rivers Energy Center,
We welcome our new neighbors.

This is a day devoted to


          You will meet:

American Indian Traveling Museum - Mr. Aiello
American Mountain Man - Mr. Daggett
Beekeeper - Mrs. Koster
Blacksmithing - Mr. Bodamer
Cabin Docent - Mrs. Linstrand
Crochet - Mrs. Sipple
Drop Spindle Angora Spinning - Ms Bilot
Dulcimer Player - Mrs. Trufano
Flax Spinner - Mrs. Tovey
Grundy County Historical Society - Ms Steffes
The Tanner - Mrs. Mansfield
Wood Carver - Mr. Hain
CPV Three Rivers Energy Center Representative
Goose Lake Prairie Partners and Friends

Visit our Gift Shop and Food Shop.
Catch the Wagon circulating the pond for a ride back and forth.
Buy a chance on the fundraiser - a queen size quilt on display in the Visitor's Center. Click here for a look at the quilt.


 Tanner Mansfield adjusts her display
Tanner Mansfield will be returned again this year as well as
Lou Aiello and his Traveling American Indian Exhibit. 

June 2nd
will be a
beautiful day
for a festival.

Chairmen for this event are Bev Mansfield, Tom Kaluzny and Char McDade.

The Origin of the Cabin Festival at GLPSNA

In February of 1985, a new Prairie Partner asked about the Cabin and it's uses.  She was told that it was used once in the fall for a program called "Incredible Edibles," and a warming place for cross-country skiers in winter.  Vince Matthews, the interpreter at the time, asked what the person had in mind.

It was at that time that Cabin Festival began, patterned after the "Settlement" in Lockport, (run by the Will Co. Historical Society). The new member knew several of the crafters in Lockport and asked them to come to Goose Lake Park and bring their crafts, making and doing things that the pioneers would need to do to survive.

The cabin (knows as the Cragg Cabin) had only two benches, a table and a chair that was donated.  Pioneer Cabin Festival was bore.

The date chosen was September Prairie week and also combined "Incredible Edibles."  This was what we would call "weeds," but the pioneers found several things such as dandelion leaves and some roots to use in the spring.  They picked wild berries as the summer progressed and made jams and sauces.  The partners demonstrated the use of the "weeds" and served jams and jellies on crackers for the 'guests' to sample.

Eventually, because of weather and lack of crafters in the fall, the Pioneer Cabin Festival was moved to spring.  Crafters were not so overwhelmed with too many festivals at that time.

(Reference:  Jo Fleming, Morris, IL)

Updated March 29, 2018
2018 Festival Flyer

2016 Festival Photo Album

Reenactment may include

American Indian
   Life & Culture
Bee Keeper
Childrens Games
Tanning, Farming
Plant Study
Old fashion Games
Wood Carvers
Knitting, Crochet
Lace Making, Quilting
Weaving, Spinning
 Discussions of
   the Culture, Cabin Life and Area History in
1830 - 1860s

We are constantly looking for period
re-enactors to help us with this event
.  If you are interested in participating call us.

Crafts that pioneers would most likely do in the 1800s is our emphasis. 

If you would like more information about our festival please call 815-942-2899.