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A variety of programs and events are showcased in and around the restored home: seminars; experimental programs dealing with the arts and crafts of the day; discussions dealing with the political and social issues of the day; presentations dealing with major figures (i.e. Ninian Edwards, Benjamin Stephenson, Edward Coles); musical events; and cooking demonstrations. For your convenience, all Special Events can be paid for at the bottom of this page.


Special Events 2018

 

January 20, 1820 Painting Party, 1-3 p.m. Join us at the Stephenson House for an 1820s Painting Party! We will complete a notecard and 9 x 12  floral with a break to enjoy treats and drinks. Supplies will be provided. Space is limited to 10 adults (age 18 and up). Admission: Free. RSVP by calling 618-692-1818.

January 23, Annual Meeting, 7 p.m. This meeting is open to all members of the Friends of the 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House and current board members.

February 3, 1820 American Girl (Girl Scouts Program), 9a.m.-12p.m. $16 per girl. Limited to a minimum of 12 and maximum of 15. Participating Girl Scout troops earn the ‘Playing the Past’ badge as they experience the life in the 1820s. Troops tour the historic house and experience life for a girl in the 1820s with hands-on activities. Cost includes badge, butter making supplies, use of  a  dress, simple journal, and all activities associated with the badge. Troops must register through Girl Scouts of Southern  Illinois. Call 800-345-6858 or 618-692-0692. #playingthepast

February 17, Winter Dinner & Auction, 5:00 p.m. $40 per person or $400 for a table of 10. (fundraiser) Join the Friends of Stephenson House at our annual winter celebration. The event is held at the beautiful Lewis & Clark College, Edwardsville Campus, Leclaire room. Enjoy a delicious dinner from Bella Milano while participating in the silent and oral auctions. To purchase tickets call 618-692-1818. Reservations required by February 4.

February 24, The Secrets of Tatting, 10 am- 12pm. $20 per person. This workshop teaches participants the art of tatting. A form of handmade lace, tatting is a traditional skill with origins dating back centuries and spanning continents. Learn the history, lore and techniques for basic tatting and make a snowflake medallion useful for a tree ornament of heirloom sewing appliqué. Class size is limited to 10 adults.

March 3, 1820 American Girl (Girl Scouts Program), 9a.m.-12p.m. $16 per girl. Limited to a minimum of 12 and maximum of 15. Participating Girl Scout troops earn the ‘Playing the Past’ badge as they experience the life in the 1820s. Troops tour the historic house and experience life for a girl in the 1820s with hands-on activities. Cost includes badge, butter making supplies, use of  a  dress, simple journal, and all activities associated with the badge. Troops must register through Girl Scouts of Southern  Illinois. Call 800-345-6858 or 618-692-0692. #playingthepast

March 10, The Whitesides: Benjamin & Lucy's Neighbors (Lecture), 1 pm, $5 per person. Come hear a lecture about Benjamin Stephenson's neighbors who lived close to the present day campus of Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

March 25, Easter Egg Hunt, The House will conduct two Easter egg hunts. In the first round, children 8 and up will try their luck to find eggs with prizes inside. Once the children finish, they are welcome to rehide the eggs for the second round of hunting. Children 6 and under will have their chance to hunt for eggs to enjoy the prizes inside. The first Easter egg hunt will begin at 2:00 p.m. and the second egg hunt will promptly follow at 3:00 p.m. In addition to two egg hunts, families can enjoy an egg dying demonstration from herbs and vegetables found in the 1820s. The demonstrator will use natural dyes to show guests how dying worked when Benjamin and Lucy Stephenson lived in Edwardsville. During the event, House tours will be discounted as: $5 for adults, $2 for children 6 to 12, and children 5 and under are free. The Easter Egg Hunt is free and only House tours will cost additonal.

April 14, Military Muster for the 200th, 10am-4pm. Free. Army regulars (soldiers) gather at Stephenson House to commemorate Illinois' Bicentennial. Discover what preparations were necessary in defense of the new State. Visitors can tour a military encampment, learn about a soldiers’ daily routine, obverse cooking demonstration, talk with an Army surgeon and watch as the soldiers practice military drill during this one day event. 

April 14, Colonial Medicines & Their Uses, 2 p.m., $5 per adult. Learn how our forefathers used 19th century medicines to offset sickness and death. Space is limited and registration is required. Lecture will be held at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church 406 Hillsboro Ave. Edwardsville, IL 62025. Maps are available at the Stephenson House.

April 21, Trivia Through the Decades, 7p.m. (doors open at 6:30p.m.), held at the Moose Lodge (7371 Marine Road, Edwardsville, IL). $150/8 person table or $20 per person. Call 618-692-1818 to reserve a table. To download the event flyer, click here.     #trivia#TriviaThroughtheDecades#T3D15, #stephensontrivia

June 13-15, Pioneer Summer Camp, 9a.m.-2p.m., $85 (due at registration). The camp transports area children back-in-time to the Illinois Territory and the birth of our state. The camp focuses on hands-on history activities common place in the daily lives of early residents of Illinois. Open to student in grades (current) 3rd through 6th. Registration required and includes all supplies. Participants should bring a sack lunch; midmorning snack and drinks provided. Space is limit to 12 participants. Payment is due at time of registration to insure placement in the class.  Call 618-692-1818 to register your child today.

Registation Closed. FILLED TO CAPACITY...July 18-20, Mrs. Lucys Academy for Young Ladies, 9a.m.-2p.m., $85 (due at registration). Young ladies attending the Academy will discover what it was like to be a real American girl in 1820. Participants dress in reproduction clothing similar to styles worn in the early 1800s. At the end of the camp, a tea will be hosted by participants for their mother (or father) showcasing the skills learned during the three-day camp. Dress size is needed for each participant. Pre-registration is required. Ages 8-12 years. Participants should bring a sack lunch; midmorning snack and drinks provided. Space is limit to 12 participants. Call 618-692-1818 to register your child today. #mrslucysacademy

August 11, Bicentennial Trades Day, Local skilled artisans will be at the Stephenson House to demonstrate trades that were performed in the 1820s. Some of the trades that will be demonstrated are: gunsmithing, spinning, chair caning, basket weaving, leatherworking, sewing, flaxing, felting, Scherenscnitte, and medicine. This event begins at 9:00 a.m.

September 8, Ben's Bluegrass, BBQ, & Beer Bash, 3:30-7pm. $25 Adults, $10 Children. A Friend-raiser for the house. Enjoy great beer, BBQ and Bluegrass music. House tours will not be available during this event.

October 7, 50/50 Antique Auction, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Come find an antique treasure at the annual 50/50 Antique Auction. A variety of collectibles are offered including: ceramics, crocks and jugs, Native American artifacts, old pocket knives fishing equipment, holiday decor, costume jewelry, toys and furniture. Auction takes place on the grounds of the historic home.  For more information: 618-692-1818.  House tours will not be available during this event. DONATION FORM

October 4-28, Special Exhibit:  Mourning Col. Stephenson, General Admission Fee. Join us as we explore the macabre side of the Stephenson House history. Col. Stephenson died in the house on October 10, 1822 and visitors will get a glimpse of the mourning customs practiced by the family almost two hundred years ago.

November 3, 1820 American Girl (Girl Scouts Program), 9a.m.-12p.m. $16 per girl. Limited to a minimum of 12 and maximum of 15. Participating Girl Scout troops earn the ‘Playing the Past’ badge as they experience the life in the 1820s.  Troops must register through Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois. Call 800-345-6858 or 618-692-0692. #playingthepast

November 23 & 24, Christmas Candlelight Tours, 6-9 pm (closed during the day), $10 Adult, $5 child (6-12 years), children five years and under admitted free. Experience an 1820s Christmas  during this candlelight event. Historically garbed  docents discuss the rich history of the house as guests take a self-guided tour through the festively adorned rooms. Enjoy a cup of hot wassail, a sweet treat, a story or two, and a warm fire as Stephenson House ushers in the holiday season.Stephenson House will not be open during the day on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.  #1820christmas#stephensoncandlelight 

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