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Sunday, April 26, 2 p.m.
The Roots of Americana - Musician Steve Justman will perform American Ballads on the banjo and guitar. Location is in the Graue House.

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Sunday, May 17, 2:00 and 3:00 p.m.
Sheep Shearing - Master sheepshearer Harold Davis will be here with a few of his flock in need of haircuts. Hourly sheep shearing demonstrations at 2:00 and 3:00 p.m. No fee to view the shearing, regular museum admission fees apply.

Memorial Day, Monday, May 25 the Museum is open from 10:00 a.m.- 4:30p.m. Regular admission fees apply EXCEPT, AS A BLUE STAR MUSEUM, the Graue Mill and Museum will be waiving admission for MILITARY FAMILIES starting on Memorial Day.

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Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and June 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fifteenth Annual Fine Arts Festival. The lawn of the Mill is a perfect backdrop for more than fifty of the area's most talented artists who wille xhibit and sell a variety of art for the home and garden. The Festival features paintings, ceramics, hand-woven textiles, mosaics, pastels, stained glass, jewelry and photography. Admission to the Fine Arts Festival is free.

Sunday, June 28, 2 p.m.
Master Gardners' Program on Prairie Plantings - Come learn about the garden by the Mill in this informal presentation by University of Illinois Extension Master Gardner, June Vandervest. Grains and plants grown at the time the Mill was operating are featured along with many perennials and native wildflowers.
We will meet on the east side of the Mill & you will need to stand for this event.

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Sunday, July 12, 2 p.m.
Dulcimer and Folk Music Performance - Masterful musicians from the South Suburban Dulcimer and Folk Music perform songs on traditional instruments. Twelve Musicians perform and sing. Please wear a sun hat - we have lost quite a few trees due to the emerald ash beetle.

Sunday, July 26, 2 p.m.
Louisa May Alcott - Presented by actress Leslie Goddard.
She will bring the 19th Century author of Little Women to life. Please wear a sun hat - we have lost quite a few trees due to the emerald ash beetle.

The Mill will be open for the Fourth of July and holiday weekend! Bring the family.

Friday and Saturday evenings, July 31 & August 1, 7:30 p.m.
Journey on the Underground Railroad. Children and adults can experience what it was like to be a passenger on the Underground Railroad. This theatrical experience begins with a skit in which passengers will meet the legendary Harriet Tubman. Then, you will follow Hinsdale blacksmith John Coe on a journey down Salt Creek to Graue Mill. The Underground Railroad actually operated in Hinsdale, Oak Brook, Lyons, Downers Grove, and other nearby towns. Experience the sights and sounds of making your escape on the Underground Railroad.

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Sunday, August 9, 2 p.m.
Letters from the Oregon Trail - Presented by actress Paddy Lynn. This is the story of one family's amazing journey westward in 1853. Share in the family's daily struggles for survival. Please wear a sun hat - we have lost quite a few trees due to the emerald ash beetle.

Sunday, August 23, 2 p.m.
Tin Cremona - Mid 19th Century Music with a Civil War aspect. Period dressed performers will play the banjo, tambourine & tin whistle. Please wear a sun hat - we have lost quite a few trees due to the emerald ash beetle.

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Saturday and Sunday, September 5 and 6, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Civil War Encampment .
Don't miss this favorite annual tradition when members of the 10th Illinois Regiment and their families spend the weekend on the Mill grounds, depicting what life was like in a Union military camp. Complete with authentic clothing, weapons and tools, this event will take you back in time to the 1860s. Experience black powder firing demonstrations and drills, cooking, toys, and crafts. The members of this regiment are excellent presenters who pay attention to historical accuracy and are extremely dedicated to creating a unique and unforgettable experience.

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Saturday, October, 17 Beginning at 1:00 p.m.
Annual Girl Scout Day at Graue Mill
You Must Register with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicagoland and Northern Indiana: www.girlscoutsgcnwi.org

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Sunday, November 8
Graue Mill closes for the season.
If you miss your last chance to purchase cornmeal, don't worry. We sell cornmeal all winter. Call (630) 920-9720 to arrange for pick up.

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Nov. 13, 14, and 15
Christmas at the Mill Holiday Boutique.
The Mill and the Graue House will be open for a special holiday shopping event to get you in the christmas spirit! Talented local artists will be selling handcrafted Christmas decorations, unique jewelry, stained glass, pottery, and handwoven and knitted items. Specially selected ornaments, other great decorative items, and stocking stuffers will be for sale in the Mill's gift shop. Decorated Christmas trees. Santa will stop by on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Friday is a ticketed Benefit Night from 6 to 9 p.m. Wine, cheese, and light refreshments will be served.

Saturday and Sunday sale hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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Schedule subject to change without notice.

Your Gateway to the Past, Graue Mill and Museum is a not-for-profit volunteer organization supported by admissions, memberships and contributions. The Mill, located on York Road just north of Ogden Avenue in Oak Brook, Illinois, is open 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily - closed Mondays, except Holiday Mondays. Admission is $4.50 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2 for children 4-12, free for children 3 & under. Call (630) 655-2090 or (630) 920-9720 for more information.

This page was last revised on: February 20, 2013

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