The Dunn Museum is part of the Lake County Forest Preserves, a Little Lake County advertising partner.
For families with two working parents or with children in full-day school finding fun family events and activities that fit your schedule can be hard. Thanks to USG the Lake County Forest Preserves’ Dunn Museum is solving that problem with their FREE First & Third Thursday Nights.
The Dunn museum opened in Libertyville last spring and documents the history of the Lake County area, we took you inside it last year. It’s a great space with lots of interactive exhibits that will entertain and delight the whole family from the oldest to the youngest. Regular museum hours have it closing at 5:00 p.m. which can make it hard for families to plan a weekday visit. Thanks to a sponsorship from USG families have the opportunity to visit the museum after hours until 8:00 p.m. for free on the first and third Thursday of each month.
The free Thursday nights give families and individuals an opportunity to learn more about local history and engage in hands-on programs that will expand your curiosity. Some Thursdays also have free programs covering different subjects for varying ages, so you can come to one or go to them all!
Upcoming free Thursday Programs are:
February 21 – Behind the Scenes Tour
This event is for adults only and will provide a rare peek at the collections care and storage facility. Visitors will be guided by the collections staff to experience and in-depth tour focused on unique objects in the collection. Tours will be held at 6, 6:30 and 7 and limited to 10 people each, first come first serve.
March 21 – Rogue v Citizen Heros: Superheros and Zeitgeist
This adult-only event will feature College of Lake County sociology professors John and Maria Jose Tenuto. They will look at the contrast of the definitions of “citizen” and “rogue” heroes, relating the concepts to the ideas of mythologists like Joseph Campbell and Vladimir Propp. Then, using examples from comic books and superhero films, the connection between the real world of wars, economic crisis, terrorism, and political trends are compared to the reel world of superhero characters – showing how the characters that are most popular at given times are usually a reflection of what the society is experiencing.
April 4 – Animal Superheros
The whole family is invited to don their favorite superhero shirt for a night of super exploration at the museum. Learn about the amazing superhero animals of Lake County while you explore the exhibits.
April 18 – Oh Freedom! Songs of the Civil Rights Movement
Songs played a vital role in the Civil Rights movement as an inspirational rallying point and as a way to spread the message of equality and justice. The whole family is invited as Illinois folksinger Chris Vallillo presents first-hand accounts of the historic struggle and discusses the impact of music on this important social cause.
FREE First and Third Thursday Nights are made possible by USG.
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