Naper Settlement

Naper Settlement Naper Settlement is a nationally accredited, award-winning outdoor museum set on 13 magnificent acres in the heart of Naperville.
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Why do humans conserve nature? And what is this β€œnature” they are hoping to save?Learn about the history of the modern c...
05/29/2024

Why do humans conserve nature? And what is this β€œnature” they are hoping to save?

Learn about the history of the modern conservation movement at Your Friendly Neighborhood Historian: Humans in Nature on June 13 at 7PM. Register: https://pulse.ly/a01hgxbafb

Cicadas have emerged at Naper Settlement!
05/29/2024

Cicadas have emerged at Naper Settlement!

πŸ“£ 2024 FARMERS MARKET SPONSOR SHOUT-OUT πŸ“£A big THANK YOU to Dutchman Heating and Cooling for your support! 😊
05/28/2024

πŸ“£ 2024 FARMERS MARKET SPONSOR SHOUT-OUT πŸ“£

A big THANK YOU to Dutchman Heating and Cooling for your support! 😊

Today, on Memorial Day, we remember all of those who have given their lives in service to our country.This picture is of...
05/27/2024

Today, on Memorial Day, we remember all of those who have given their lives in service to our country.
This picture is of a World War I soldier, Naperville native Oliver Julian β€œJudd” Kendall. He served as a First Lieutenant in WWI. He was captured on May 25, 1918 while leading an infantry patrol to string barbed wire near the American front outside of Cantigny, France. Lt. Kendall was killed by the Germans within a few days of his capture. The VFW of Naperville post is named for him. He was awarded both the Silver Star and Purple Heart.

Learn the art of blacksmithing with an introduction to safety, tools, and the forge in our two-session Blacksmithing 101...
05/26/2024

Learn the art of blacksmithing with an introduction to safety, tools, and the forge in our two-session Blacksmithing 101 class! βš’οΈ Participants will learn hammer techniques while making an item to take home.

πŸ“… Available class dates:
β–ͺ June 8 & 15
β–ͺ July 20 & 27
β–ͺ August 10 & 17
β–ͺ September 21 & 28

Must be 18+ and pre-register here: https://pulse.ly/hvtcq4xrtc

The Naper Settlement Farmers Market kicks off next month on Tuesday, June 25!Join us at our farmers market this summer o...
05/25/2024

The Naper Settlement Farmers Market kicks off next month on Tuesday, June 25!

Join us at our farmers market this summer on Tuesdays from 3-7PM from June 25 to September 17, featuring:

πŸ… An assortment of produce and goods from vendors, including hot sauce, spices & seasonings, juice, and more.

🐝 Agriculture-based classes, including Attracting Pollinators to Your Garden, Dementia and Gardening, and other educational topics from 5-6PM.

πŸͺ• Acoustic music performances from local bluegrass and country singers from 4-7PM.

Free admission! Learn more: https://pulse.ly/qycffdvaib

We're seeking volunteers to rock out with us this summer at Naper Nights! You can volunteer as an individual, in a group...
05/25/2024

We're seeking volunteers to rock out with us this summer at Naper Nights! You can volunteer as an individual, in a group, or with your company.

πŸ“… Naper Nights dates: June 14-15, July 19-20, & August 16-17
🎸 Learn more and sign up: https://pulse.ly/v6rzlmpksy

πŸ“£ 2024 SPONSOR SHOUT-OUT πŸ“£A big THANK YOU to School of Rock for your support! 😊
05/24/2024

πŸ“£ 2024 SPONSOR SHOUT-OUT πŸ“£

A big THANK YOU to School of Rock for your support! 😊

Looking for the perfect setting for your next party or social event? Naper Settlement offers a unique selection of histo...
05/24/2024

Looking for the perfect setting for your next party or social event? Naper Settlement offers a unique selection of historic and modern spaces available for rent, including our new Birck Family Innovation Gateway.

From birthday parties, quinceaΓ±eras, wedding showers, to baby showers, we promise to provide you with a one-of-a-kind event experience that will wow you and your guests. Learn more: https://pulse.ly/wgee2nvm5f

πŸ“· Photo credit: Connor Steinkamp Photography

Looking for a new book club to join? We'd love to see you at the next Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Club meeting! πŸ“šπŸ“… M...
05/23/2024

Looking for a new book club to join? We'd love to see you at the next Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Club meeting! πŸ“š

πŸ“… Meeting date: June 19 from 2-3:30PM

πŸ“˜ We'll read and discuss Larry A. McClellan's Onward to Chicago: Freedom Seekers and the Underground Railroad in Northeastern Illinois.

Register: https://pulse.ly/mjeidawxkt

We're happy to share that we were voted the Best Historic Landmark/Attraction from West Suburban Living Magazine's Best ...
05/22/2024

We're happy to share that we were voted the Best Historic Landmark/Attraction from West Suburban Living Magazine's Best of the West 2024! Thank you to all who voted for us. We appreciate your support!

Read more here:

When it comes to knowing what’s BEST in the western suburbs, we go right to the source β€” our readers. Following are your choices for the BEST the western suburbs

Sunday, May 19 was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Birck Family Innovation Gateway, the new entrance to Naper Settle...
05/22/2024

Sunday, May 19 was the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Birck Family Innovation Gateway, the new entrance to Naper Settlement's 13-acre site! Located at 523 S. Webster Street, the building is a state-of-the-art welcome center and the future home of our new digital experience. It also includes a new rental space available for wedding receptions, meetings, workshops, and more.

Before entering our outdoor campus, visitors will now experience the "Naperville: Looking Back is Looking Forward" film that will educate and inspire you to play a role in the history of Naperville!

πŸ“· Photo credit: Jeffrey Ross Photography - Ross Creative Works

πŸ“£ 2024 FARMERS MARKET SPONSOR SHOUT-OUT πŸ“£A big THANK YOU to Chute O'Malley Knobloch & Turcy, LLC for your support! 😊
05/21/2024

πŸ“£ 2024 FARMERS MARKET SPONSOR SHOUT-OUT πŸ“£

A big THANK YOU to Chute O'Malley Knobloch & Turcy, LLC for your support! 😊

Camp Naper starts soon, and there are only a few spots remaining! 🌞Utilizing our 13-acre museum campus as their learning...
05/20/2024

Camp Naper starts soon, and there are only a few spots remaining! 🌞

Utilizing our 13-acre museum campus as their learning laboratory, campers will go on adventures in history, art, science, and more! Register: https://pulse.ly/fyfudvupxk

Please note: Paint by Beer on May 23 has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience. We invite you to attend anot...
05/19/2024

Please note: Paint by Beer on May 23 has been canceled. We apologize for the inconvenience. We invite you to attend another Craft By Beer (21+) program. View our upcoming Craft by Beer (21+) programs here: https://napersettlement.org/725/Craft-By-Beer-21

πŸŽ‰ Happy International Museum Day! πŸŽ‰This year's theme is Museums for Education and Research. The theme emphasizes the imp...
05/18/2024

πŸŽ‰ Happy International Museum Day! πŸŽ‰

This year's theme is Museums for Education and Research. The theme emphasizes the important role of cultural institutions in providing unique and valuable educational experiences for visitors. Museums cultivate learning, inspire curiosity, and contribute to groundbreaking research.

Museums have the power to inspire, educate, entertain, and bring communities together to enjoy a variety of educational programs, events, and exhibits. At Naper Settlement, we are proud to bring the community together to educate and inspire.

In honor of International Museum Day, leave a comment and tell us what YOU love most about museums! ⬇

We're excited to partner with Alter Brewing Company for their Community Give Back Program! On Monday, May 20, $1 of ever...
05/17/2024

We're excited to partner with Alter Brewing Company for their Community Give Back Program! On Monday, May 20, $1 of every adult beverage sold that day at Alter Brewing in Downers Grove will be donated back to Naper Settlement. Stop by to show your support!

05/17/2024

This week, Naper Settlement’s President and CEO Rena Tamayo-Calabrese met with Representative Janet Yang Rohr in Springfield. Thank you, Representative Janet Yang Rohr for your continued support of Naper Settlement and our community!

πŸ“£ 2024 SPONSOR SHOUT-OUT πŸ“£A big THANK YOU to Polar Beverages for your support! 😊
05/17/2024

πŸ“£ 2024 SPONSOR SHOUT-OUT πŸ“£

A big THANK YOU to Polar Beverages for your support! 😊

Thank you to Naperville Community Television (NCTV17) for attending our May edition of Your Friendly Neighborhood Histor...
05/17/2024

Thank you to Naperville Community Television (NCTV17) for attending our May edition of Your Friendly Neighborhood Historian!

The presentation discussed our new exhibit, A Strong Back and A Strong Mind: 150 Years of the Naperville Fire Department.

Watch the full presentation here:

Naper Settlement honors the Naperville Fire Department's 150th anniversary with new exhibit: A Strong Back and a Strong Mind.

Earlier this week, volunteers with the Cress Creek Garden Club of Naperville, Inc. were on site to plant flowers and mai...
05/16/2024

Earlier this week, volunteers with the Cress Creek Garden Club of Naperville, Inc. were on site to plant flowers and maintain the gardens near our Paw Paw Post Office! This volunteer group has been planting and maintaining our Paw Paw gardens since 1979. Thank you, Cress Creek Garden Club for your hard work and dedication! 🌼🌷

Naper Nights kicks off ONE month from today on June 14! 😍🎸 Get ready for a summertime tradition that features cold drink...
05/15/2024

Naper Nights kicks off ONE month from today on June 14! 😍🎸 Get ready for a summertime tradition that features cold drinks, great food, and incredible music. Check out the June lineup ⬇

🎡 June 14: Disco Night and Tina Turner Tribute
🎢 June 15: Coldplay and The Flaming Lips Tributes

🎫 Tickets: https://pulse.ly/lywdejxjmu

At last week's Your Friendly Neighborhood Historian, attendees learned about how our new exhibit, A Strong Back and A St...
05/14/2024

At last week's Your Friendly Neighborhood Historian, attendees learned about how our new exhibit, A Strong Back and A Strong Mind: 150 Years of the Naperville Fire Department, was developed. There is a lot of planning and preparation that goes into creating an exhibit, and attendees learned all about how "A Strong Back and A Strong Mind" came to life.

πŸŽ₯ Special thank you to Naperville Community Television (NCTV17) for capturing the presentation on video.

πŸ“… Interested in attending an upcoming Your Friendly Neighborhood Historian? We'd love for you to join us! View the dates and topics here: https://pulse.ly/lhtd7ttwx7

We had so much fun at 4-H Day on Saturday! Thank you to everyone who visited us for a fun day of agriculture and history...
05/14/2024

We had so much fun at 4-H Day on Saturday! Thank you to everyone who visited us for a fun day of agriculture and history!

Attention teachers!Come learn about our new exhibit, "A Strong Back and a Strong Mind" and how it can be incorporated in...
05/13/2024

Attention teachers!

Come learn about our new exhibit, "A Strong Back and a Strong Mind" and how it can be incorporated into field trips and classroom work at our next Teacher Tuesday. This is a virtual professional development program for teachers on May 21 at 4PM. Pre-registration is required: https://pulse.ly/njd2b179le

πŸ“£ 2024 FARMERS MARKET SHOUT-OUT πŸ“£A big THANK YOU to Woody Buick GMC of Naperville for your support! 😊
05/12/2024

πŸ“£ 2024 FARMERS MARKET SHOUT-OUT πŸ“£

A big THANK YOU to Woody Buick GMC of Naperville for your support! 😊

Happy Mother's Day! ☺️
05/12/2024

Happy Mother's Day! ☺️

πŸ“… Mark your calendars!We're excited to partner with Alter Brewing Company for their Community Give Back Program! On Mond...
05/11/2024

πŸ“… Mark your calendars!
We're excited to partner with Alter Brewing Company for their Community Give Back Program! On Monday, May 20, $1 of every adult beverage sold that day at Alter Brewing in Downers Grove will be donated back to Naper Settlement. Stop by to show your support!

πŸ“£ 2024 SPONSOR SHOUT-OUT πŸ“£A big THANK YOU to Naperville Bank & Trust for your support! 😊
05/11/2024

πŸ“£ 2024 SPONSOR SHOUT-OUT πŸ“£

A big THANK YOU to Naperville Bank & Trust for your support! 😊

If you visited Naper Settlement recently, you may have noticed the raised garden beds outside the Daniels House. These g...
05/10/2024

If you visited Naper Settlement recently, you may have noticed the raised garden beds outside the Daniels House. These garden beds are a part of a living memorial created by OLI Gardens in honor of local military members who have died in active service and first responders killed in the line of duty.

The beds are organized by OLI Gardens, a Naperville-based nonprofit founded in 2017 with a mission to create sustainable solutions to eliminating food insecurity.

Learn more:
https://pulse.ly/xb1saz3ayj

Sixteen years ago, Gunnar Hotchkin lived in Naperville with his wife and their three children. He was a home builder, working to support his young family. But then the 2008 recession hit, and Gunna…

Did you know it's Public Service Recognition Week?Public Service Recognition Week, which takes place from May 5-11, 2024...
05/10/2024

Did you know it's Public Service Recognition Week?

Public Service Recognition Week, which takes place from May 5-11, 2024, honors those who serve our nation as federal, state, county, and local government employees. We recognize their hard work, innovation, and unwavering dedication to serving our communities every single day. Thank you, public service workers!

This week we opened our new exhibit, "A Strong Back and A Strong Mind: 150 years of the Naperville Fire Department." This exhibit highlights the evolution of the Naperville Fire Department while also recognizing the courage, physical demands, and knowledge that firefighters must have to perform the job. Firefighting is a highly skilled profession, as it requires a thorough understanding of policies and procedures, medical training, technical expertise, and attention to detail. Learn more about the exhibit: https://pulse.ly/ogge5ulq58

Relive your childhood by completing a Paint by Numbers, only this time enjoy an adult beverage as you fill in the canvas...
05/09/2024

Relive your childhood by completing a Paint by Numbers, only this time enjoy an adult beverage as you fill in the canvas, at Paint by Beer on May 23! 🎨🍺

Must be 21+ to participate. Pre-registration is required. Register: https://pulse.ly/eol7o8vo04

πŸ₯ We can't wait for Naper Nights! 🎸This summer's lineup features tributes to some of the greatest musicians in pop, rock...
05/09/2024

πŸ₯ We can't wait for Naper Nights! 🎸

This summer's lineup features tributes to some of the greatest musicians in pop, rock, disco, country and more from the 1960s to today. There will also be performances by nationally-recognized artists Samantha Fish and A.J. Croce presents Croce Plays Croce.

πŸ“… Naper Nights dates: June 14-15, July 19-20, & August 16-17

🎟️ Tickets: https://pulse.ly/ukatc23x5b

Our new sitewide exhibit is NOW ON VIEW! "A Strong Back and a Strong Mind: 150 Years of the Naperville Fire Department" ...
05/08/2024

Our new sitewide exhibit is NOW ON VIEW! "A Strong Back and a Strong Mind: 150 Years of the Naperville Fire Department" commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Naperville Fire Department

"A Strong Back and a Strong Mind" highlights the evolution of the Naperville Fire Department and the unique ways it serves the community while recognizing the courage, physical strength, and extensive knowledge firefighters must have.
This exhibit is located in our Pre-Emption House galleries, the Murray House, the Firehouse, and other areas around our site!

Included in general admission. Learn more: https://pulse.ly/gp7qzohc4g

4-H Day is this Saturday, May 11! Students (grades 1-6) and their families are invited to explore a variety of hands-on ...
05/07/2024

4-H Day is this Saturday, May 11! Students (grades 1-6) and their families are invited to explore a variety of hands-on activities that teach innovation in agriculture, history, and sustainability. Join us from 10AM-2PM: https://pulse.ly/bklfswczvs

It's Teacher Appreciation Week! 🍎⭐ This week we celebrate teachers and educators from the past and the present for the a...
05/06/2024

It's Teacher Appreciation Week! 🍎⭐ This week we celebrate teachers and educators from the past and the present for the amazing work that they do in supporting, educating, and inspiring students!

It's almost time to SHOP! 😍🌷 Visit the W**d Ladies Spring Sale to shop for dozens of handmade spring-themed floral creat...
05/05/2024

It's almost time to SHOP! 😍🌷 Visit the W**d Ladies Spring Sale to shop for dozens of handmade spring-themed floral creations.

πŸ“… Sale dates: May 9-11 from 10AM-3:30PM
🎟️ Free admission to the sale
🌷 Learn more at https://pulse.ly/bls4b8bd6t

πŸ“š You're invited to the first meeting of Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Club! πŸ“šOn May 18 at 2PM, we'll discuss Fire Wea...
05/04/2024

πŸ“š You're invited to the first meeting of Your Friendly Neighborhood Book Club! πŸ“š

On May 18 at 2PM, we'll discuss Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World by John Vaillant.

Register: https://pulse.ly/bxgtpaxrfb

Today we're revealing the answer to Walking Riddles: Part Seven, posted on TikTok on April 26. If you haven't seen it ye...
05/04/2024

Today we're revealing the answer to Walking Riddles: Part Seven, posted on TikTok on April 26. If you haven't seen it yet, you can watch Walking Riddles: Part Seven here: https://www.tiktok.com/t/ZTLubrhHy/

The answer is Ramsay's Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay in Naperville.

Follow along on our TikTok to help our museum educators solve the mysteries of Naperville's history!

πŸ“£ 2024 SPONSOR SHOUT-OUT πŸ“£A big THANK YOU to Unilock for your support! 😊
05/03/2024

πŸ“£ 2024 SPONSOR SHOUT-OUT πŸ“£

A big THANK YOU to Unilock for your support! 😊

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523 S Webster Street
Naperville, IL
60540

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 4pm
Wednesday 10am - 4pm
Thursday 10am - 4pm
Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Sunday 1pm - 4pm

Telephone

+16304206010

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Where history comes to play!

Naper Settlement is a nationally accredited, award-winning outdoor museum set on 13 magnificent acres in the heart of Naperville. Located 30 miles from Chicago, the museum is home to 21 historical structures dating back as early as the 1830s. Featuring exhibits, special events, educational programming and more, Naper Settlement is where history comes to play and the community comes to connect. For more information, visit www.napersettlement.org or call (630) 420-6010.


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