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May 2015 - State of Illinois designates stretch of I-57 as French Canadian Historic Corridor. Read the resolution drafted 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

Les Artisans Fair - July 4 and Dec 2, 2017, 9 a.m. - 3 the Kankakee Fairgrounds.  Artists and fine crafters showcase their products at this quality show, which is the main fundraiser for BGHS.

If you are an interested artist/artisan, review our booth information and show guidelines or contact Les Artisans coordinator Ellen Stringer at

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