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Esteemed guests, Honorable Jean-Francois Hould, Delegate of the Government of Quebec to the Midwest, and Honorable Frederic Chole, French Deputy Council General, join presenter and recipient in this photo.

BGHS is grateful for Norma Meier's valuable contribution to preserving our area's French-Canadian, French and Belgian history!

Special events

Les Artisans Fair Winter Show is Sat., Dec. 1, 2018

BGHS is pleased to bring this quality handmade and homespun holiday shopping market to Kankakee County, now in its 40th year.

Shop from a hand-picked and curated variety of artists and fine crafters, including woodwork, pottery, jewelry, stained glass, upcycled art, original art, fiber art, and much more. Specialty food items, including baked goods and lunch items from Turtle Acres.

Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Kankakee County Fairgrounds Expo Center, 213 W 4000S Road, Kankakee, Illinois.

3rd Annual Fleur-de-Lis Celebration Dinner

Mark your calendars for the 3rd annual Fleur-de-Lis Celebration Dinner, to be held Friday, September 27, 2019. The Fleur-deLis Award will be presented. French cuisine and tenor Brad Benoit's French songbook will create an enchanting evening. Proceeds aid the restoration of Bourbonnais Grove's Log School House (1837-48).


2018 Fleur-de-Lis Award recipient announced

Jori Walters, Chair of Perry Farm Living History Advisory Committee, presented the award to Norma Meier, Kankakee French Heritage Museum volunteer and genealogist, at the 2nd annual Fleur-de-Lis Dinner on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018, at the Kankakee Country Club.

2019 Fleur-de-Lis Award nominations

Nominations will be accepted June 1 through August 15, 2019 for the annual Fleur-de-Lis Award, to honor a volunteer's outstanding contribution to local history.  Use the form below or complete and mail a printable nomination form.

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