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A new perspective of Rainey Bennett – Four Floral Panels

The Chicago artist, Rainey Bennett, painted the four floral paintings that are inset within the paneling of the Oak Room at the Allerton Retreat Center. They were painted and installed in 1951. A handwritten letter dated to October, 1951, in … Continue reading

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2nd Annual Kirby Wellness Walk Extended a Week

The Kirby Wellness Walk at Allerton Park has been extended an extra week. The Walk has been suspended for this week, January 2-6, 2018, owing to the dangerous weather conditions predicted to continue. The Walk has been extended to next … Continue reading

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Sailing the Ocean – Crossing the Pond

This model of the transatlantic ocean liner, Mauretania, is on display in the Water Transportation exhibit in the Smithsonian Museum of American History, in Washington DC. The Mauretania belonged to the British Cunard line and provided transatlantic passenger service primarily … Continue reading

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It’s all in the details…

Can you find the small change in the pair of Bronze Maidens? Compare the shots from 2016 and 2017. The cable series Project Runway, Fixer Upper and Million Dollar Listing and others sell their fans on the details. It’s all … Continue reading

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An Opportunity Awaits – Sunday, October 8 & Monday, October 9, 2017

Next Sunday, October 8, 2017, at the Allerton Public Library in Monticello, IL a great opportunity awaits. Mr. David Finnigan, author of the book Inside Allerton offers a talk and slide presentation about Robert Allerton Park and book signing. Due … Continue reading

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A New View of The Park

Take a look at this drone video of the Formal Gardens of Allerton Park! A bird’s eye perspective. Enjoy!

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Passing the Park to the Next Generation

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Puvis de Chavannes on exhibit at Allerton Park

Last year, this vintage postcard gave unexpected proof that this painting actually exhibited in the Allerton House. A copy of a 1955 letter in the University Archives about Robert Allerton’s request for the loan of the painting gave rise to … Continue reading

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Charioteers and Racing Minds

Two gloved and goggled Park volunteers on scaffolding armed with buckets and hand brushes recently scrubbed the pedestal of a Charioteer. The mild weather and shady location undoubtedly made this task a pleasant one. A dedicated force of volunteers serve … Continue reading

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Music at the Park – Then and Now

Maybe this is Flashback Friday. Before there was a flatbed trailer for a stage, there were folding chairs for performers and a long cord for amplifier and speakers in the Brick Garden. Those were the days…. Local Hot Iron String Band … Continue reading

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