Gathering of Elizabeths

Gathering of Elizabeths


Come and be a part of “The Gathering of Elizabeth’s” on August 11th, 2018 in Elizabeth, Il.  Help us celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the village and honor that women that it was named after. 

In 1832 the women of the Apple River Settlement (later named Elizabeth) were instrumental in the defense of the Apple River Fort during an attack by Black Hawk and 200 of his braves.  Several of these women were named Elizabeth, hence the town’s name.

This celebration will take place at the historic Apple River Fort, 311 E Myrtle St, Elizabeth IL  61028.  Registration starts at 9AM with festivities starting at 11AM with a group picture and crowning of “Queen Elizabeth”.  The cost for pre-registration is $20.00 and includes a collectible bag and t-shirt as well as many “Elizabeth” themed goodies. 

You will also receive, with your registration, free admission to the Midwest Garlic Fest, a celebration of all things garlic, located at Terrapin Park in Elizabeth. Shops and restaurants will also have specials for the Gathering of Elizabeths participants. 

Multi-generations of Elizabeth’s are encouraged to attend. If your first, middle, or even last name is Elizabeth or Elisabeth, then we want to meet you !

This is going to be a fantastic and family-friendly event.  You can mail in your registration form to Village of Elizabeth, PO Box 236 – Rm 140, Elizabeth, IL 61028 or register online.

Come to Elizabeth, IL and see small town life at it’s best.


Michael Dittmar
Village President

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Mail To:
Village of Elizabeth
PO Box 236 – Rm 140
Elizabeth, IL 61028