Free Summer Sundays at Colonel Palmer House begins on June 4

Tue May 23, 2017

‘Over There: U.S. Enters the Great War’ 

For Immediate Release: The Summer Sundays series at Colonel Palmer House is back again for 2017 with three special themes. Travel back in time with each of our Summer Sunday special events where our costumed staff has plenty of displays and hands-on experiences. Each Summer Sunday is from 1-4 pm on the lawn of the Colonel Palmer House. The house will be open for tours during each event. This event will be held rain or shine. Special thanks to our Summer Sunday partners: Heritage Woods McHenry & Huntley, Honeybaked Ham & Co., Jersey Mikes Subs, Dunkin Donuts Crystal Lake and The Raue Center. 

The Colonel Palmer House located at 660 E. Terra Cotta Rd. was built c.1858 by settlers Gustavus and Henrietta Palmer. Located on its original site, the home was entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. Currently the home is maintained by the Crystal Lake Park District and home to the Crystal Lake Historical Society. For information about the Summer Sunday series or about Colonel Palmer House, call 815-477-5873 or email 

Sunday, June 4 

Over There: U.S. Enters the Great War 

On April 6, 1917 the United States joined its allies in the Great War (WWI). Join us as we commemorate this sacrifice to service and the sacrifices made here at home 100 years ago. 

Sunday, July 16 

CPH Presents: A County Fair 

Let’s all go to the fair! Step right up ladies and gentleman, there are animals to see and games to lay, all right here at the CPH County Fair. 

Sunday, August 13 

Game On: 160 Years of Vintage Games and Toys 

In 2018, the Colonel Palmer house will celebrate its 160th year. Our final Summer Sunday of the season will launch this much anticipated event. Enjoy reliving games and toys your ancestors played as we discover childhoods of the past.