Mansion Events

The historic Jacob Henry Estate transforms an ordinary celebration into an extraordinary one

2019 - "An Afternoon With Mr. & Mrs. Lincoln"

Wednesday, February 13th
12:00 PM Lunch Matinee

ADDITIONAL DATE:  Wednesday, February 19, 2019

Join us for this special performance by Max & Donna Daniels!  Taking place at the end of the Civil War, the President and Mrs. Lincoln reflect on the events of the past four years, look back to the beginning of their lives together and their plans for the future, ending as the President realizes that it is time for them to leave for Ford's Theater.

2019 - First Lady "Jacqueline Kennedy"

Wednesday, February 20th
12:00 PM Lunch Matinee

Meet Former First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy in this fascinating first-person performance by Leslie Goddard!  It is 1964 and the former first lady, besieged by tourists and paparazzi, is struggling to cope.  As she gradually opens up, you will meet the private woman behind the public myth.

2019 - First Lady "Eleanor Roosevelt"

Tuesday, February 26th
12:00 PM Lunch Matinee

Meet Former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, one of the most fascinating and influential public figures of the twentieth century.  Born into wealth during America's Gilded Age, Eleanor grew from shy, homely orphan into a confident, driven woman who championed progressive causes and the rights of man.

2019 - Fat Tuesday's "All That Jazz" Mardi Gras Party

Tuesday, March 5th
11:00 AM Lunch Matinee

Bring your Boas, Beads and Umbrellas to the Jacob Henry Mansion Estate! Enjoy delicious Cajun cuisine and the New Orleans style "Four Star Brass Band" as they bring their 'Louisiana sizzle' to Joliet!

2019 - Women's History Month Series: Titanic Survivor "Violet Jessop"

Tuesday, March 12th
12:00 PM Lunch Matinee

Additional Date:   Wednesday, March 20th


Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., portrays Violet Jessop, a stewardess who survived the sinkings of the RMS Titanic and, several years later, the HMHS Britannic (the Titanic's sister ship).   She tells unforgettable stories of the tragedies and gives a fascinating glimpse at life behind-the-scenes on the most glamorour luxury liners of their day.

2019 - "St. Patrick's Celebration"

Wednesday, March 13th
11:00 AM Lunch Matinee

Come and Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with us!

Listen (and dance if you'd like!) to traditional Irish Music from the "Chicago Irish Band", enjoy a bagpipe and drumps performance, and don't forget Aunt Annie's award-winning corned beef & cabbage - voted best in Will County!

2019 - Women's History Month Series: Civil War Battlefield Nurse "Clara Barton"

Thursday, March 28th
12:00 PM Lunch Matinee

This living history program by Leslie Goddard brings to life the story of Clara Barton's wartime work, including her decision to provide care for soldiers and her experience working at battlefield hospitals.  Her stories -- funny, poignant, and sometimes heartbreaking -- reveal the medical conditions of Civil War soldiers and the courage required for a woman to defy conventions during a national crisis.

2019 - "Big Band Radio Show"

Wednesday, April 17th
11:00 AM Lunch Matinee

Take a step back in time as the Victorian Ballroom hosts a Big Band Radio Show!  Relive the glorious 1930's Swing Era with a "live radio broadcast show" by The Alan Gresik Swing Shift Orchestra, complete with vocalists and radio actors!

2019 - Vintage Fashion Show Luncheon

Wednesday, April 24th
11:00 AM Lunch Matinee

ADDITIONAL DATE:  Thursday, September 19th

Enjoy a time capsule of fashion and elegance of so many beautifully preserved "classics" spanning 120+ years.  Learn about the actual people who wore them, including humorous and interesting details which highlight each garment's individual story.  a perfect combination of history and fashion!

2019 - "Hoppin' at Henry's"

Tuesday, May 21st
12:00 PM Lunch Matinee

Come and celebrate the 50's in style at The Jacob Henry Mansion!  Your afternoon includes:  Poodle Skirts & Bobbie Socks, Meatloaf & Black Cows for dessert!