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Nov 2017 -  A standing ovation hailed Mr. Vic Johnson as he received the Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society’s first Fleur-de-lis Award of Excellence on November 3 at the Kankakee Country Club. The award was presented to Mr. Johnson for his outstanding contribution in the
preservation of colonial French, French-Canadian, and Belgian heritage in the Kankakee and Iroquois river valleys. The award was presented to Mr. Johnson by his daughter, Ms. Laurel Soper, Past President of the Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society (BGHS).

May 2015 - State of Illinois designates stretch of I-57 as French Canadian Historic Corridor. Read the resolutiondrafted by the Kankakee County Historic Preservation Commission and sponsored by State Representative Kate Cloonen.

Nov. 2014 - Letourneau house receives a facelift. Exterior repairs completed. 

Apr. 2014 - Students from Sorbonne University, Paris, France, visit local historic sites. Learn more

Jan. 2014 - LeVasseur descendants bestow gift. Learn more.

Dec. 2013 - Letourneau great-grandchildren contribute to home's preservation.  Learn more.

Special events

2nd Annual Fleur-de-Lis Celebration Dinner

Join local history enthusiasts for the 2nd annual Fleur-de-Lis Celebration Dinner. A French-Canadian cuisine will be served, the Fleur-de-Lis award will be presented, local musician and tenor Brad Benoit will entertain us and we will raise money for the restoration of Bourbonnais Grove's Log School House (1837-48). Reserve your seats today.

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Fleur-de-Lis Award nominations sought

Nominations are being accepted through August 15, 2018 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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