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What's In Your Backyard? Minooka's Mastodons
In 1901 in small-town Minooka, farmer John Bamford worked his farm. As he dug in his backyard, widening his spring-fed well, he came across something strange. At first, he thought the obstacles were tree trunks, but upon closer inspection, the ‘trunks’ turned out to be huge bones, teeth, and other parts that didn’t belong to any creature he recognized. Mr. Bamford kept his finds, storing them in his cellar. Several years later, after hearing rumors of this strange find, George Langford Sr. traveled down to Minooka to retrieve the fossils and bones, in turn handing them over to the Chicago Field Museum of Natural History.
Thanks to the generosity of the Field Museum of Natural History, Head of Collections William Simpson, and the Gantz Family Collections Center at the Field Museum, these bones have returned to Minooka for a limited time. Take a peek into the prehistoric past and visit these unique specimens in person at the Three Rivers Public Library District’s Local History Museum housed at the Minooka Branch at 109 N Wabena Ave in Minooka, IL.
The museum will be open for visitors during library hours every other weekend beginning December 3rd and 4th. The museum will also be open Monday evenings from 4 p.m-8 p.m. To schedule a viewing during other library hours, contact Three Rivers Library’s Local Historian Michele Houchens at 815-467-1600 x207.
Photo Caption: George Langford Sr. sits with the mastodon tusk found on the Bamford farm in Minooka in 1910. Mr. Langford was instrumental in bringing the find from Minooka to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, IL. Photo courtesy of George Langford, III, Sc.D.
Goofy for Gingerbread
Pastry Chef Rose Deneen will demonstrate the basics of building and decorating a gingerbread house and decorating gingerbread people. There will also be a raffle giveaway of 2 assembled gingerbread houses to decorate! Samples of the gingerbread and recipes are also included. Registration required for each person attending. Kids under age 5 are not permitted at this program. This program is intended for adults, but kids 5 and over can attend if accompanied by an adult.
Tuesday, December 6
6-7pm, Minooka Branch
Christmas in Chicago
In the early 20th century the tradition of a Christmas parade held on Thanksgiving began. The many department stores on State Street competed to outdo each other with their elaborate displays in their windows. There would be caroling under the Marshall Field clock and a special Christmas meal under the Walnut Room Christmas tree. Dave Clark returns to talk about these traditions of Christmas in Chicago, including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer's start as a coloring book give away, the Christkindlmarket, ice skating at Millennium Park and caroling to the animals at Lincoln Park Zoo. Registration Required.
Wednesday, December 7th
6-7pm, Minooka Branch
Christmas Movie Moments
Celebrate the season with the greatest moments from modern and classic holiday movies. Laugh at some of the funniest moments and revisit some of the most touching scenes from childhood. Learn fascinating trivia, and see film clips that we love but haven’t seen in years. Registration Required.
Saturday, December 10
1-2pm, Minooka Branch