The Next Picture Show (TNPS) is a non-profit fine arts center in the Rock River Valley. Our goal is to nurture, develop, educate, foster the arts, and galvanize artists and patrons within the community. Located in the heart of downtown Dixon, Illinois, we invite you to explore this website and to come back often to see current shows, exhibiting artists, workshops, classes, and special events.
The Dillon Home is a work of Italianate Architecture, built in 1858 for Civil War Brigadier General, Edward Needles Kirk. The Kirks had plans to raise a large family in the home, but when Edward died from a wound sustained at the Battle of Stone’s River, his wife Eliza returned to Pennsylvania. The home went through few changes, but several owners, before Washington Dillon purchased it in 1882.
Filled with treasures and virtually un-touched by time, the home is a place you must visit to learn the local history. Home to P.W. Dillon, President of Northwestern Steel and Wire, the homes’ grandeur is a remarkable sight. His wife, Crete, was an avid traveler, and collector of eclectic pieces and period furniture. Unique from most historic house museums, The Dillon Home retains all of the original furnishings and belongings, as the estate was conveyed to the Sterling Park District after PW.’s passing in 1980.
In addition to guided tours, the home is also available for weddings and other events. Unlike any other venue in our region, the manicured, spacious grounds, fountain, and towering two-story enclosed porch will be the perfect setting for any special occasion.
Our nature center is a treasured part of the historic and beautiful Lowell Park. The ever popular Mr. Yowl, a live great horned owl, and an ever changing array of nature displays make a stop in the nature center a must when visiting Lowell Park.