PEORIA — The Peoria Historical Society is celebrating its 21st season of Historic Trolley Tours by offering six different tours scheduled through the end of October.

The tours, which kicked off on June 2, give visitors a unique opportunity to sit back and relax while they discover the fascinating history of Peoria.

PEORIA — The Peoria Historical Society is celebrating its 21st season of Historic Trolley Tours by offering six different tours scheduled through the end of October. 

The tours, which kicked off on June 2, give visitors a unique opportunity to sit back and relax while they discover the fascinating history of Peoria.

This year all tours will leave from the Peoria Riverfront Museum, thanks to a new partnership between the two organizations. When the trolley used for many years through City Link was unable to be repaired, that partnership ended.

“We are grateful to City Link for the long partnership we shared, and thrilled to be moving forward with the Peoria Riverfront Museum,” said Executive Director Walter Ruppman. “The Museum has graciously agreed to allow us to use their bus to transport our guests this season. The seats are comfortable and higher up, allowing for a good view out the windows. Although the bus isn’t air conditioned, we have fans for our guests to use and the windows open with ease! On days when the forecast is for exceptional heat, the tour will be cancelled two hours prior to the start time. Patrons can receive a refund or schedule a different tour.”

All tours leave from the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby and free parking is available in the Museum’s garage. 

To learn which tours are operating at any given time, visit www.PeoriaHistoricalSociety.org or call the Riverfront Museum at (309) 686-7000. Book your tour by calling the Museum or online: https://cart.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org/PerformanceCalendar.aspx. Tours run on Thursdays and Fridays at 11 a.m. and on Saturdays at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Each tour last approximately 1 ½ hours. Tickets remain at last season’s price of $15 per person. 

Beth Johnson, Historic Tours Chairwoman said, “Our enthusiastic certified guides look forward to sharing their knowledge with you! Come tour with us! We also offer customized tours for groups, and can pair these with a tour of one or both of our historic homes. This works well for business visitors as well as for family reunions. We love to show off our great city!”

Each Historic Tour focuses on a different aspect of Peoria’s history including how Peoria came to be settled, why the distilling industry flourished here and how Peoria went from naughty to nice. Others take visitors back in time as they tour beautiful, park-like Springdale Cemetery and learn just why Abraham Lincoln was such a frequent visitor to Peoria. Toward fall, the tours take visitors to locations where ghostly appearances have intrigued and puzzled Peorians over the years.

The purpose of the Peoria Historical Society is to enhance the quality of life in the Peoria area by collecting, preserving and protecting Peoria’s great history. 

For more information on the Peoria Historical Society, visit www.PeoriaHistoricalSociety.org or find us on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PeoriaHistoricalSociety).