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.

News and events

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Special events

Fleur-de-Lis Celebration Dinner - Nov. 3, 2017 - Join BGHS members and local history lovers 6 p.m., Nov. 3, 2017, at the Kankakee Country Club for a celebration of colonial French, French Canadian and Belgium history.  The Honorable Eric Marquise, delegate of the government of Quebec to the Midwest will attend.

A traditional French Canadian dinner will be served. An award ceremony to honor an outstanding contribution in local heritage preservation (nominations accepted thru Oct. 1, 2017) and entertainment will follow. Details and reservation form.Reservations are due by Oct. 16, 2017.

Les Artisans Fair - 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