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Star Wars hunt starts busy schedule at Joliet museum

JOLIET – The Star Wars Scavenger Hunt returns Saturday to the Joliet Area Historical Museum.

The hunt for “Star Wars” figures is one of several events coming up at the museum, including a Civil War Symposium and the first of the Rooftop Summer Music Series.

The Star Wars Scavenger Hunt serves as a warm-up for the Joliet Public Library’s Star Wars Day on June 6, an annual event that brings thousands of people to downtown Joliet.

Basically, the museum hides 20 Star Wars figures in the museum and does not charge any admission all day, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

It proved popular last year when held for the first time, Executive Director Gregory Peerbolte said.

“A lot of parents and kids came,” he said.

The following day will be more cerebral when the museum holds a Civil War Symposium from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Six speakers will discuss different subjects, including “Chicagoland Fights the Civil War” and “150 Years Ago or the Patriotism of Will County.”

Museum visitors will be charged the normal $6 admission fee, but there is no extra charge for the symposium.

The symposium is one of several events being held by the museum during the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. Visitors can see the “Joliet Remembers the Civil War” exhibit now on display.

On May 21, the first of five band performances on the museum rooftop this summer will be highlighted with the 1976 Band, which plays 1970s rock. Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for museum members and students.

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