Cantigny Park will commemorate the birthday of its benefactor, Colonel Robert R. McCormick, on Thursday, July 27. Art activities, a living history performance, golf games and a “pop-up” First Division Museum are planned from 12 to 5 pm.
McCormick Day is Cantigny’s annual gift to the community—parking, activities and birthday treats (while supplies last) are complimentary!
McCormick, former editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune, was born on July 30, 1880. He lived on the 500-acre country estate from 1920 until his passing in 1955. His will designated Cantigny as a public park for education and recreation. On McCormick Day, Cantigny remembers the Colonel’s remarkable life as a gentleman farmer, First Division soldier, public servant and media industry innovator.
This year’s celebration will appeal in particular to those who appreciate art—and kids who enjoy craft projects. Amy McCormick, Robert’s first wife, was a talented artist and visitors to McCormick House can see her work. On McCormick Day, the museum will host an open house from 10 am to 5 pm.
Scheduled activities beginning at noon include:
- Rock Art Creations
- Arts in Bartlett: Japanese Doll Making
- 3D Art
- ClaySpace Ceramic Arts Center hands-on activity
- SCARCE: Recycled Paper Making
- Water Color & Tempera Art
- Monster Mural (1 to 4 pm)
- Cantigny Golf (until 4 pm)
- Amy McCormick living history performance by Ellie Carlson (2:30 pm)
- Wreath laying ceremony honoring Robert R. McCormick by American Legion Cantigny Post 556 (3 pm)
- Birthday cake cutting with Amy McCormick (3:30 pm)
The Grand Reopening of the First Division Museum is not until August 26, but on McCormick Day the staff invites visitors to participate in a “pop up museum.” The temporary exhibit in the Cantigny Visitors Center will consist of items donated for the day by the community. The theme is “Your Military History.” Veterans and civilians alike are asked to bring a photograph, object or story for the display. For more details, visit fdmuseum.org.
Photos Courtesy of Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189