McHenry County Conservation District  •  18410 US Highway 14 •  Woodstock, IL 60098  •  815-338-MCCD(6223)




Purchase Trail of History Patches and Medallions


We apologize for the delay in mailing the 2013 medallion orders. There were manufacturing issues and we have yet to receive the order. We'll keep you posted!


We also have limited quantities of some of the past year's patches and medallions. Call the Prairieview Education Center for availability or email


Prices are $2.00 for patches and $4.00 for medallions.


Prairieview Education Center

2112 Behan Road

Crystal Lake IL 60014

(815) 479-5779



Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sunday 12:00 - 4:00 p.m.


**Special Message**

The Board of Trustees announced their decision to host the 25th Year of the Trail of History

this October as the final year of the long running event.

The thought was that by hosting the Trail of History with notification that it is the final year, anyone who ever thought about, or wanted to come out and experience the event as a member of the public or as a valued volunteer will have the opportunity to do so.

Trail of Histroy Press Release Read the Press Release.


History of the Event


•   View a re-enactment of military tactics during the French and Indian War.

•   Children will enjoy learning in the frontier schoolhouse, making cornhusk dolls or candles and playing pioneer games. Parents, bring a camera to photograph your children at the dress-up area!

•   Dr. Balthazar will awe visitors with his traveling medicine show.

•   Visit vendors selling authentic wares and culinary treats.

•   Musicians, dancers, and much more!

The Trail of History is a living history interpretive event. Interpreters from across the country portray and demonstrate life as it was from 1670–1850 in the former Northwest Territory which encompasses present day Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and portions of eastern Minnesota. The event’s focus is to show the interrelationship between nature, man and cultural development.

The first event occurred in 1989 and was named the Kames Rendezvous. In 1990, the event was renamed Trail of History to reflect the increased focus toward living history interpretation. Today there are over 150 encampments. The Trail of History encampment is nestled at the foot of the glacial kames in the rolling terrain of Glacial Park. It occurs annually the third weekend in October just as the prairie grasses and trees display their vibrant colors.

The McHenry County Conservation District presents the Trail of History with the assistance of numerous volunteers and other areas and re-enactors from across the country.

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