Below are upcoming events at Naper Settlement.
Recently engaged and planning your special day? The Bridal Showcase is a great opportunity for busy brides and grooms to plan their dream wedding from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 9, in the historic setting of the Pre-Emption House and Century Memorial Chapel at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Enjoy one-on-one consultations with the best in the bridal business including photographers, florists, DJs, musicians, bakers, caterers, ministers and more. Admission is free. Visit www.napersettlement.org.
History Speaks Lecture Series: Bette Davis
Few actresses in the history of film rival Bette Davis’s longevity and appeal. This witty, sharp portrayal by actress and historian Leslie Goddard reveals Davis not only as a riveting personality, but as the ultimate star in the Golden Age of Hollywood. This presentation of the History Speaks Lecture Series will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10 at Century Memorial Chapel, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Day of event tickets are $7 adults, $6 youth (4-12), students and Settlement-6 members and above. Advance tickets save $1 each. Call (630) 420-6010 or visit www.napersettlement.org.
Discover the wonder of play throughout history and cultures around the world during Naperville Plays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16 at the DuPage Children’s Museum, 301 N. Washington St., Naperville. Visitors will triple their fun with the DuPage Children’s Museum, Naper Settlement and the Naperville Public Library. Naperville Plays will feature hands-on arts and science exhibits, a live performance and an exclusive traveling exhibit featuring the children of Hangzhou. Admission is $11 adult and youth, $10 seniors 60+, Naper Settlement and DCM members are free.
Super Scout Sunday – Breathe Leadership Journey
Increase your awareness about the issues that impact Earth’s air during Super Scout Sunday – Breathe Leadership Journey that will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Tour the Martin Mitchell Mansion and then learn different relaxation techniques while making soap, bath salts and scented candles. Enjoy tea as while exploring aromatherapy. This program is open to third year Junior and Cadette Girl Scouts and earns the Aware Award and parts of the Alert Award of Breathe Journey for Cadettes. Fee is $27 per Scout, $10 per adult; one adult per four Scouts maximum. Registration is required, call (630) 420-6010.
History Connectors and Building Interpreters Informational Meetings
Resolve to get involved in the New Year and learn more about volunteering at Naper Settlement. Attend one informational meeting, either 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26 or 10 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in the Meeting House, corner of Webster Street and Porter Avenue, Naperville. Teens in grades 8 to 12 and adults can volunteer as History Connectors and work with our visitors at special hands-on activity stations, Settlement Sundays, summer camp, Girl Scout programs and more. No costumes are required. Adults ages 18 and older can volunteer as Building Interpreters to tell the stories of the past and how they relate to the present inside the historic museum buildings. Period clothing is an option, but is required for blacksmith and schoolhouse interpreters. Training takes place throughout the winter to prepare for the summer season, which begins April 1. For more information, visit www.napersettlement.org/volunteer, call (630) 305-5256 or e-mail email@example.com.
Juniors on the Green Parent Informational Meetings
Calling all children entering grades 4 and 5 for the Juniors on the Green volunteer program. From April through October, the Juniors, dressed in period clothing like overalls and dresses with petticoats, play typical games and do chores and activities of the past. Parents must attend one informational meeting, either 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 28 or 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30 at Naper Settlement’s Meeting House, corner of Webster Street and Porter Avenue, Naperville. Training will take place throughout the winter to prepare for the summer season, which begins April 1. For more information, visit www.napersettlement.org/volunteer, call (630) 305-5256 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Super Scout Sunday – Home Scientist
Become a kitchen chemist and learn to make homemade ice cream during Super Scout Sunday – Home Scientist from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. Survey the principle of density and learn how static electricity makes your hair stand on end. Mix and measure ingredients to make slime. Explore chemical reactions and make film canisters into rockets. Open to Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts in grades 2-5, these activities earn the Home Scientist Brownie Badge and parts of Adventures in Scientist Badge for Webelos. Fee is $27 per Scout, $10 per adult; one adult per four Scouts maximum. Registration is required, call (630) 420-6010.
History Speaks Lecture Series: Finding Sybil Dunbar
In May 2015, Naper Settlement dedicated a commemorative marker in Naperville Cemetery honoring Sybil Dunbar, Naperville’s first known African-American female resident. During this presentation of the History Speaks Lecture Series: Finding Sybil Dunbar that will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, Naper Settlement’s Curator of Research Bryan Ogg will describe the quest for elusive historical information about Dunbar, the search for her grave and the collaborations that brought a satisfying conclusion to the search. The lecture will be held at Century Memorial Chapel, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Day of event tickets are $7 adults, $6 youth (4–12), students and Settlement-6 members and above. Advance tickets save $1 each; call (630) 420-6010.
School’s Out Day Camp – Messy, Mad Science
Making a mess is generally frowned upon, but during this School’s Out Day Camp – Messy, Mad Science from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15 at Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville, kids in grades 1-5 can experiment with everything from slime to silly putty to gaseous compounds of foaming, fizzing and bubbling explosions! Fee is $45 per camper per day. Enjoy discounted admission when you register for all three School’s Out Day Camps: Feb. 15, March 4 and March 30. Registration is required; call (630) 420-6010.