Thanks to funding from the University of Illinois Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) and Michael Westjohn, Allerton was able to install another solar array! We chatted with Josh Frerichs, a senior in Urban Studies and Planning, who was instrumental in getting the SSC grant. Q: Can you give a brief overview of what the SSC is? JF: The Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) is a university-based organization that funds sustainable projects led by students or staff. These funds are … [Read more...] about Earth Day 2021: New solar array installed at Allerton
Yellow Trail | October 22 Fall colors | Week of October 11 Path from the Main Parking Lot to the Mansion | October 8 … [Read more...] about Fall Colors Update!
AN EXCERPT FROM ALLERTON'S 2019 RETREAT & REVIEW | "ARCHAEOLOGICAL WORK AT ALLERTON" BY NATE BECCUE, NATURAL AREAS MANAGER Allerton is home to a group of mounds now called ‘Samuel’s Mounds,’ named after Robert Allerton’s father. Samuel’s Mounds consist of ten mounds thought to date to the Late Woodland Period, roughly 1,000 years ago. Mound groups like these were likely abundant up and down the Sangamon River pre-settlement, but unfortunately most mounds have been destroyed … [Read more...] about Archaeological Work at Allerton
AN EXCERPT FROM ALLERTON'S 2019 RETREAT & REVIEW | "THE POWER OF MANY" BY BRIDGET FRERICHS, ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT One of the best parts of my job is talking with people about their personal Allerton story. It is such a unique place that holds fond memories and significance for so many. From first dates in the Meadow to exchanging vows in the gazebo... Finding peace after a traumatic experience, or being inspired to pursue a career protecting our natural resources. … [Read more...] about The Power of Many
AN EXCERPT FROM ALLERTON'S 2019 RETREAT & REVIEW | "DOUBLE THE CAMPERS, DOUBLE THE FUN" BY MINDY BRAND, PUBLIC OUTREACH COORDINATOR Last summer saw a significant expansion of Allerton Day Camp, increasing the total number of campers accommodated from 70 to 143. Families from surrounding communities jumped at the chance to have more Allerton in their lives. If we could have predicted what an excellent summer it was going to be, we would have expanded camp long ago! By all … [Read more...] about Double the Campers, Double the Fun
AN EXCERPT FROM ALLERTON'S 2019 RETREAT & REVIEW | "IMAGINE THE POSSIBILITIES" BY JORDAN ZECH, RETREAT CENTER MANAGER With over 400 events a year, we have a lot of guests utilizing Allerton’s facilities. Whether visitors are attending a wedding, conference, themed dinner, or simply visiting the Park, we encourage them to stay overnight in the Mansion or one of the nearby guest houses. Our priority is always making sure that guests have the best experience possible, regardless of the … [Read more...] about Reimagining the Allerton Mansion
AN EXCERPT FROM ALLERTON'S 2019 RETREAT & REVIEW | "PLANT SALE 2018: MORE THAN JUST PLANTS" BY MICAH PUTMAN, ASSISTANT FACILITIES MANAGER Picture this: It’s 74 degrees and the sun is setting over the beautiful gardens at Allerton Park. Music is playing under café lights, and the scent of delicious food and sounds of laughter fill the air as kids run around and a group of workshop-goers chat. Oh, and there are plants for sale! This is a snapshot of Allerton’s new- and-improved … [Read more...] about Plant Sale 2018: More Than Just Plants