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Community Heritage Month
Throughout May 2012

Celebrate Naperville’s heritage throughout the month of May by taking part in the fourth annual Community Heritage Month. The City of Naperville and several local partners have joined together to create a program of events to educate the community about the city’s history. The programs will touch on many different aspects of Naperville’s history, including historic architecture, heritage education and community revitalization.

A calendar of events is available in PDF format and will also be listed on the Naper Settlement web calendar.

Schedule of Events:

Healthy Kids Day
Kroehler Family YMCA, 34 S. Washington
Saturday, April 28, 9 a.m. to Noon  
Open to the public
Put play in your day and enjoy some fun, active family time at the Y on Healthy Kids Day. As part of the nation’s largest health day for children and families, we’ll offer fun, engaging and creative activities that promote wellness and healthier living. A variety of vendors will be there with information and hands-on activities. For more information, call (630) 420-6270.

“My Heritage” Student Poster Contest
Naperville Art League Fine Art Center and Gallery, 508 N. Center St.
Entries accepted during gallery hours through April 28
The Naperville Cultural Center, in partnership with the Russian Center for Language and Culture, the Bulgarian Heritage Club, the Naperville Art League, the Naperville Sun, Glancer Magazine and Simply Vedic, is asking artists and poets in grades kindergarten through 12th grade who study language, art or culture to submit a piece on the theme “My Heritage.” The submitted piece is allowed to be monolingual, multilingual or wordless and in a variety of two-dimensional media including paint, ink, digital design, photography or pencil. Applications and rules are available for download at Winners and all contestants will be invited to a reception to be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 12 (RSVP required). Cash and gift prizes and certificates will be given out by Mayor Pradel and the first prize winner’s work will published in the Naperville Sun. For more information, contact Michelle LeBlanc at

Weekends in May at Naper Settlement
During weekends in May, in addition to visiting the historic buildings and exhibits, join Naper Settlement and take a look back at the role of Americans before, during and after wartime. A variety of activities will be offered throughout the month, including flag trivia, rolling bandages, learning about the Pledge of Allegiance in the Schoolhouse, a Victory garden tour and more. Naper Settlement is located at 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Regular admission is $12 adults (13+), $10 seniors (62+) and $8 youth (4-12). Members, Naperville residents and children 3 and under are free. Visit

“On Armor” – May Date With History
First Division Museum at Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton
Wednesday, May 2, 7:30 p.m.; doors open at 6:45 p.m. Free Parking and Admission
Bruce Ivar Gudmundsson will discuss the three important and interconnected stories from his book, “On Armor.” The first is a tale of a technology, in particular, the rise and fall of the main battle tank—a type of armored vehicle that came to dominate land warfare in the middle of the 20th century, but is now obsolete. The second is a history of ideas. The third story is one of organization. Learn about these issues, as well as current and future roles various types of armor will play on the battlefield. Call (630) 260-8187 or visit

Family Fun Friday Nights:
Good Show! Gallery Opening – Light Up the Night
DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St.
Friday, May 4, 5–7 p.m.
Sponsored by BMO Harris Bank
Artwork by kindergarten through fifth grade students at Longwood School in Naperville explores elements of light and shadows. Attending the opening is free with admission or membership. Call (630) 637-8000 or visit

The “Dogface Charlie” Book
First Division Museum at Cantigny, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton
Friday, May 4, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Panelists include Paul Herbert, Tom Mercer, Larry Van Kuran, and Patrick McLaughlin.
Members of Charlie Company and museum staff will speak on how the book began and the important themes it represents. After the panel, the book will officially go on sale and will be available to purchase in the museum lobby.

Saturday, May 5, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Join a panel of distinguished authors including noted war journalist and author, Joe Galloway; Brigadier General (Retired) James Shelton, operations officer of the 2nd Battalion, 28th Infantry Regiment during the 1967 battle of Ong Thanh; and Joan Kotcher, a former Red Cross “Donut Dolly” with the 1st Infantry Division in Vietnam. Following the panel, books written by Galloway, Shelton, and Kotcher will be made available for purchase at the museum for a book signing in the museum lobby. For more information, call (630) 260-8187 or visit

Wentz Concert Hall, 171 E. Chicago Ave.
Saturday, May 5, 7:45 a.m.-1 p.m.
For the fifth year, North Central College is rallying members of the community to participate in a day of service through Intersection on Saturday, May 5. Registration and breakfast begin at 7:45 a.m. in the lobby of Wentz Concert Hall, followed by a brief orientation. Volunteers can choose to serve at one of 12 different projects from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Families, groups, individuals can register online at Maps, directions and lunch at each location will be provided. Cost is $5/individuals, $20/families and free for students; costs go toward each project.

My Country, ’Tis of Thee
Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St.
Saturday, May 5, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday, May 6, 1-4 p.m.
Throughout our country’s history, patriotism and the American spirit have been called upon and tested time and again. Visit activity stations commemorating the Civil War, World War II and the Vietnam War. Interact with replicas of artifacts on loan from the First Division Museum at Cantigny; view artifacts from Naper Settlement’s museum collections; and learn about Naperville servicemen and women. All activities are included with admission. Regular admission is $12 adults (13+), $10 seniors (62+) and $8 youth (4-12). Members, Naperville residents and children 3 and under are free. Visit

Tiny Great Performances™
DuPage Symphony Orchestra String Ensemble
DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St.
Saturday, May 5, 10:45 a.m.
Meet the violin, viola, cello and the very big bass as DSO musicians entertain the audience with classical standards and familiar tunes. A great way to introduce classical music and musical instruments to young children! The performance is free with admission or membership. For more information, call (630) 637-8000 or visit

Girl Scouts May Day
Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St.
Sunday, May 6, 1-4 p.m.
It’s a badge-earning bonanza for Daisies, Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts. Pick up your Badge-in-a-Bag at check-in, visit the activity stations, tour the buildings, play games and earn your Petal or Badge. Fee is $10 Girl Scouts/Youth and $8 for adults. Registration is required. Visit

Preserving Your Family Heirlooms
Naper Settlement’s Collections Care and Storage Facility, 180 Fort Hill Drive, Naperville
Saturday, May 12, 2-3:30 p.m.
Preserving Your Family Heirlooms offers information on basic care and proper handling of furniture, metals, ceramics, and glass objects to prevent and reduce damage. Attendees will have an opportunity to consult about care and storage options for their own special family heirlooms. The program includes a tour of the Museum Collections Care and Storage Facility. Enter through Door C at building’s far northwest corner. Admission is $10 person, $8 NHSS members. Reservations recommended. For ages teen to adult. Visit

Centennial Beach Pre-Season Plunge
Centennial Beach, 500 W. Jackson Ave.
Saturday, May 12, 1 p.m.
Join us for this free Centennial Beach event that will have you kicking off the swimming season in a cool way – literally! The water will be chilly and the air temperature likely will be, too, but we invite you to be part of the fun. The event takes place in the shallow end only.

Naperville Community Gardeners Plant Sale
Saturday, May 12, 7:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Get there early for the most anticipated plant sale of the year, held at the Naperville Garden Plots. For more information, visit

History Speaks Lecture Series: Julie Andrews – The Early Years
Naper Settlement, Century Memorial Chapel, 523 S. Webster St.
Sunday, May 13, 4-5 p.m.
Jenny Riddle dramatizes and performs songs from the life of Julie Andrews before she was Mary Poppins or Maria Von Trapp during this presentation of the History Speaks Lecture Series. Advance ticket: $6 person, $5 student and NHSS Member; at the door: $7 person, $6 student and NHSS Member. Reservations recommended. For all ages. Visit

James Nichols Walking Tour
Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave.
Saturday, May 12, 10 a.m.
James Nichols grew up a penniless orphan. Yet, upon his death in 1895, he bequeathed $10,000 to the city of Naperville to build its first public library. Who was he and how did he become so successful? Join us for a walking tour of places relating to Nichols and his life. The tour group will meet at the upper level entrance of the library. Rain date is May 19. Call (630) 961-4100.

“A Promising Start: Moving Into the 21st Century”
Madden Theatre, 171 E. Chicago Ave.
Wednesday, May 16, 7 p.m.
The fifth and final installment of the documentary chronicling the 150-year history of North Central College will premiere in the College's Madden Theatre. Produced by Naperville Community Television, Channel 17, the documentary takes place from 1992 to present day, when North Central College experienced a period of tremendous growth under President Dr. Harold R. Wilde. For more information, visit

Cornerstone Day Picnic
North Central College’s Riverwalk Gateway on campus
Friday, May 18, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
North Central College invites all members of the community to an outdoor Cornerstone Day picnic featuring free servings of entrees from several Naperville restaurants and Chartwells, the College's foodservice provider at the Riverwalk Gateway, a pathway along the east bank of the West Branch of the DuPage River next to Benedetti-Wehri Stadium. North Central has partnered with the Naperville Riverwalk Commission and Naperville Riverwalk Foundation to begin construction to beautify this pedestrian access for the community. Cornerstone Day is an annual celebration that commemorates the College's 1870 move to Naperville.

Family Fun Friday Nights: Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago
DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St.
Friday, May 18, 6-7 p.m.
Members of the singing ensemble will perform a special selection of songs from their repertoire for the Museum audience. The performance is free with admission or membership. Call  (630) 637-8000 or visit

Civil War Days
Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St.
Saturday-Sunday, May 19-20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Naper Settlement is transformed into a Civil War encampment during Civil War Days to be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22. Hundreds of re-enactors participate, staging a battle each day at 2:30 p.m. complete with raging cannons and marching infantry. Walk the grounds and talk to President Abraham Lincoln, famous generals and characters that bring the past to life. Tickets are $12 adults and $8 youth (4-17). Discounted advance admission tickets are available at Naper Settlement and at several retail locations in Naperville. Members are free. Call (630) 420-6010 or visit for more information.

Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Wentz Concert Hall at the Fine Arts Center, 171 E. Chicago
Saturday, May 19, 8 p.m.
The evening's program under the direction of renowned conductor Jaap van Zweden will include Beethoven's Symphony No. 7, Shostakovich's Chamber Symphony for Strings and Vaughan Williams' Tuba Concerto featuring acclaimed soloist Gene Pokorny. Tickets are $150 and $125; call the Box Office at 630-637-SHOW (7469) or visit

Walking with Soldiers: The Civil War Tour
Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St.
Saturday, May 26, 2-3:15 p.m.
Mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a special tour at Naperville Cemetery. The tour begins at the Naper Settlement Visitor Center. Learn the story of how Levi Shafer’s gun fired the first two shots at Gettysburg; view the grave of a Confederate soldier; and hear stories of Civil War veterans from Naperville. For ages teen to adult. (Some historical material may be too graphic for younger audiences.). Tickets are $12 person; $10 NHSS members. Reservations recommended. Visit

Tiny Great Performances™
Chicago Opera Play House presents Cinderhood
DuPage Children's Museum, 301 N. Washington St.
Sunday, May 20, 2 p.m.
Discover kid-friendly opera based on the classic stories of Cinderella and Little Red Riding Hood. Audience interaction holds children’s attention in this introduction to opera. The performance is free with admission or membership. Call (630) 637-8000 or visit

Footsteps: A Guided Tour of Century Walk Art
Tour begins at the Naper Settlement Visitor Center, 523 S. Webster St.
Sunday, May 27, 1-2:30 p.m.
Step through the pages of Naperville’s history as a Naper Settlement museum educator shares the stories represented by eight of the extraordinary pieces of Century Walk public art. Learn about the artists and inspiration behind the murals, mosaics, reliefs, mobiles and sculptures located within a half mile walk of the museum. Tickets are $12 person: $10 NHSS members. Reservations are recommended. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts: Art Works. Visit

Blue Star Museums
Naper Settlement is proud to participate in Blue Star Museums, an initiative of Blue Star Families, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and more than 900 museums in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. These museums are offering military families free admission this summer from Memorial Day, May 26 through Labor Day, Sept. 3. All active duty service members (Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard), National Guard and Reserve, and up to five immediate family members, including spouse, child or sibling, can participate. Naper Settlement joins other local museums including the DuPage Children’s Museum, the First Division Museum at Cantigny, the Lizzadro Museum of Lapidary Art and the Morton Arboretum. For a full list of participating museums, visit or