A part of the Forest Preserve District of Will County, the Isle a la Cache Museum offers visitors an adventure in 18th-Century history, when the area was home to French voyageurs and native Potawatomi. The museum features interactive exhibits of the Great Lakes fur trade of the 1700s, as well as a replica Native American longhouse.
From noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, the Isle a la Cache Brigade will provide insight into what life was like in the Illinois Territory during the mid-18th century. The living history demonstration is being offered free of charge for all ages.
The brigade, a volunteer group that shares skills used in the 18th-century fur trade, consists of re-enactors who represent voyageurs, courier du bois, French women, Metis and Native Americans. On any given Sunday at Isle a la Cache, you may find potters, musket shooters, cooks, seamstresses or craftsmen sharing their talents.
The program is offered in an open-house format, so arrive any time between noon and 3 p.m. to observe the demonstrations and talk with the brigade about life in the wilderness.
The program will take place inside the building or outdoors, weather permitting. Outdoor programs will be held on unpaved areas with uneven ground, so dress appropriately.
While at Isle a la Cache, be sure to visit the museum devoted to the fur-trade era, which is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Sundays.
For more information call the museum at 815-886-1467 or visit the Isle a la Cache website by clicking here.