Fort de Chartres State Historic Site will observe the 100th anniversary of its dedication as a state park and historic site during a re-dedication event to be held this weekend at the fort on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
On Oct. 10, 1919, a bronze plaque was presented by the Illinois Chapter of Colonial Dames of America dedicating Fort de Chartres as a state park. Historical records indicate the State of Illinois had acquired the Fort de Chartres site in 1914 and 1915, and after development of the site slowed during World War I, work on the site resumed after the war, leading up to the dedication in October 1919.
In addition to the re-dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. on Oct. 5, there will be 1920s era music and an antique automobile demonstration. A collection of vintage material, photos and documents from the first 100 years of the site’s modern history will be on display, and re-enactors dressed in early 20th century clothing will be on the grounds. Those attending the anniversary event are encouraged to wear period clothing, if they wish.
For more information, please see this week’s print edition.