“The Art of Green” Will Feature a Weekend of Art, History and John Deere Equipment in Dixon and Grand Detour, Ill., August 9-10
Dixon and Grand Detour, Illinois (July 11, 2014) –Those who find themselves captured by the lure of green will find a full weekend of opportunities in Dixon and Grand Detour, Illinois, August 9-10 at The Art of Green. The special two-day event, created in part to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the John Deere Historic Site, will feature art exhibits and seminars, antique John Deere equipment and memorabilia displays, and tours of the John Deere Historic Site.
Throughout the weekend, The Next Picture Show, located at 113 W. First Street, in Dixon, IL, will exhibit a special collection of Walter Haskell Hinton art of almost 50 pieces from the Deere & Company art collection. This collection has not previously been on display in one showing to the public. On Saturday, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Nathan Augustine, Deere & Co. Art and Collections Manager will be available to ask questions about the collection and will offer a presentation at 7:00 p.m.
Private collections of vintage John Deere equipment will be on display in Dixon on First Street between Galena and Hennepin Avenues. Collectors from around the area will display their finest Green machines along with other John Deere collectibles and memorabilia Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
On both days of the event, hourly shuttle service will be offered to bring visitors from downtown Dixon to the John Deere Historic Site in Grand Detour. The site will be open 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Sunday. Admission to the Historic Site is$5, free for those 12 and under. The Art of Green event is sponsored by the John Deere Historic Site, The Next Picture Show, Sauk Valley Bank and Dixon Tourism. For more information, call The Next Picture Show at 815-285-4924 or the John Deere Historic Site at 815-652-4551.
Located along the scenic Rock River in northwestern Illinois, Dixon is a thriving community of 16,000, and serves as the county seat of Lee County. At the hub of four major highways and one interstate, Dixon is the economic center of the county and an important focus for agriculture, industry, service, retail, recreation and residential growth.
Dixon’s history dates back to 1828 when Joseph Ogee settled at the site of what is now known as Dixon. Two years later, “Father” John Dixon came to the area, purchased Ogee’s land claims and continued the establishment of a settlement by operating a ferry across the beautiful Rock River.
In 1832, a young Abraham Lincoln marched up the Rock River Valley at the head of the Sangamon County Volunteers. He and his troops were mustered in at Fort Dixon to fight in the Blackhawk Indian Wars. Fort Dixon was located on the north bank of the Rock River, and the spot is now marked with a bronze statue of Lincoln.
It is hard to think of Dixon without associating the name of her most famous son, Ronald Wilson Reagan. The former President is wellknown for calling Dixon his hometown, and he spent his formative years in Dixon attending its schools and spending summers as a lifeguard at the Lowell Park Beach. Dixon was instrumental in forming the character of our 40th President.
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