This rainy Tuesday morning was no match for OLLI members! Raincoats on, we headed to the Peoria Historical Society's Pettengill-Morron House located on Peoria's historic Moss Avenue. Built in 1868 in the Second Empire architectural style, the house has 11 rooms, a colonial revival porch, a porte-cochere, and contains a unique collection of objects from several Peoria families. While Miss Morron is best known for her philanthropic efforts and contributions to the Peoria area, she also lived a fabulous life.
The home was filled with collections of trinkets and souvenirs that Miss Morron had collected throughout her travels across the globe. In fact, Miss Morron went on 17 'Around-the-World' cruises during her lifetime. The beautiful carpeting, woodwork, and decorations made you feel as though you were back in the Victorian era yourself.
Trip favorites included a 29-piece collection of custom-made Louis Vuitton luggage and trunks dating back to the early 1900s. Complementing her custom-made Parisian luxuries, Miss Morron also collected original work from New York's Bergdorf Goodman and Chicago's Marshall Fields.
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OLLI at Bradley