The Center for American Decoys

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The Center for American Decoys

The Center for American Decoys is dedicated to preserving the traditions of American waterfowl history through the art of the decoy. Located in the Illinois River Valley, among some of the greatest waterfowl hunting habitats in history, the Center for American Decoys aims to showcase many of the most notable decoy carvers from across the country, with a particular emphasis on carvers from the Illinois River Valley.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum gratefully acknowledges the major support of Bon & Holly French and the Taylor French Decoy Fund for the Center for American Decoys.

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WTVP's The Art of Deception

The Artof Deception

WTVP's β€˜The Art of Deception,’ in collaboration with the Peoria Riverfront Museum, looks at hand-carved decoys as an underappreciated form of American folk art. Although the golden age of carving decoys ended with the age of plastics making cheaper and lighter decoys, the art form is still practiced today across the Illinois River Valley. Narrated by Doug Oberhelman.

To view WTVP's 'The Art of Deception' - click here!