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An Old-Fashioned Memorial Day at Kline Creek Farm

Discover a historical Decoration Day presentation at the farmstead.

Discover a historical Decoration Day presentation at the farmstead.

Visit the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County’s Kline Creek Farm, an 1890s living-history farm in West Chicago, on Monday, May 30 at 1:30 p.m. to experience the history and tradition of honoring fallen soldiers during “Memorial Day Remembered.”

The program, which is co-hosted by the Center for History in Wheaton, will include a ceremony reminiscent of those of the 1890s featuring costumed interpreters presenting songs and speeches. “Memorial Day Remembered” is a free event, and registration is not required.

Memorial Day originates from an earlier holiday known as Decoration Day, which recognized fallen soldiers from the Civil War. In the 1890s, Decoration Day ceremonies were common throughout the country as communities sought to honor those who perished in a war that was still in recent memory. People covered veterans’ graves with flowers, and ceremonies often included speeches by local and military dignitaries as well as recitations by schoolchildren and musical performances.

Kline Creek Farm is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Monday and is located at 1N600 County Farm Road, one-half mile south of North Avenue. For information on the “Memorial Day Remembered” program, call Kline Creek Farm at 630-876-5900. For information on the Forest Preserve District, call 630-933-7200, or visit

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