Monday, January 15, 2018
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Story and Photos by TCM Ed Emmons
Monday at the Tazewell County Courthouse, a ceremony took place marking the beginning of the year long activities all around the state of Illinois Bicentennial, which will take place December 3, 2018.
Left: Invocation was given by the Revern Judith Guy of the Mackinaw Christian Church.
Left: The Honorable Judge Michael Risinger led the Pledge of Allegiance.
Right: Broadmoor students Zoe Lamb, and Bailey Campbell sang the National Anthem.
Right: Among the first American settlers who came to Tazewell County in the early 1820's were descendants of Scotish descent. In honor of these very early settlers bagpipe player Joe Britts plays a tribute.
Left: Giving a talk about the Bicentennial is Christal Dagit. The Tazewell County board appointed her for the Illinois Bicentennial. Christal is also Director of the Tazewell County Museum.
Left: Carroll Imig, a Tazewell County Board Member reads the Proclamation for Illinois Bicentennial.
Right: The Illinois Bicentennial Flag Raising by Steve Saal and Paul Kirby.
left: The Illinois Bicentennial Flag waves proudly at the Tazewell County Courthouse.
The Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team or TACT also was also at the Bicentennial event Monday.
Here is some Bicentennial Information for you to read. For more information please go to www.illinois200.com
Saturday, December 2, 2017
The Tazewell County Museum hosted families Friday night whether they just wanted to browse around the Museum or children wanted to decorate their own ornaments or ugly sweaters. Museum elves Ginsey and Lara also greeted the guest and offering hot chocolate or coffee.
Right: This little girl enjoys herself decorating a ugly sweater at the Museum.
Left: Museum volunteer Barbara helps with decorating ornaments.
The Museum is located in downtown Pekin at 15 S. Capitol St, inside the Arcade building.
Inside the Museum you can find antique furniture, Everette Dirksen memorabilia, NASA and Astronaut Scott Altman collections, Military uniforms from different wars, Statue from the old Pekin Theater downtown, as well as so many other collections. The Museum is a not for profit organization.
Right: This child works on her glass ornament Friday night at the Museum.
Above: These boys check out a hand made quilt of the solar system.
Left: This family poses in front of a space shuttle nose cone Friday night.
Above: Museum Director Christal Dagit talks with guest about the Military Uniforms Friday night.
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
PLANNING MEETING FOR THE 100TH ANNIVERSARY MEMORIAL OF THE WRECK OF THE STEAMER COLUMBIA IS HELD AT THE TAZEWELL COUNTY MUSEUM
Members of the 100th Memorial of the Steamer Columbia meet Tuesday afternoon at the Tazewell County Museum. From left to right are Katy Shackelford, Jeff Brooks, Christal Dagit, Sue Beeney, and Gary Gillis
Photo and Story by Ed Emmons (TCM)
Next year will represent the 100th remembrance of the wreck of the Steamship Columbia which hit a stump and sank just off shore near Creve Coeur. The Steamer was carrying over 500 men, women, and children, killing 87. Of those 57 were from Pekin. Next July 5, 2018 will mark the anniversary or remembrance of the tragedy. A group has formed from various business backgrounds to work on a ceremony marking the tragedy near the river front.
Steamship Columbia after it sank July 5, 1918
Saturday, July 1, 2017
TAZEWELL COUNTY MUSEUM HOLDS CEREMONY TODAY MARKING THE 99TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE STEAMER COLUMBIA SINKING
Story and Photos by Ed Emmons
The Tazewell County Museum and the community paid tribute today to the 87 people killed when the Steamer Columbia hit a stump and sank just offshore near Creve Coeur 99 years ago.
The Pekin South Side Social Club sponsored an Illinois River excursion heading form Kingston Mines to just north of Peoria.
The Steamer carrying over 500 men, women, and children hit a tree stump around 7:30 pm on July 5, 1918 and sank. Of the 87 killed, 57 were from Pekin. The last known survivor from Pekin Lucille AdCock passed away at the age of 106 in 2006. Her two daughters, Pat Lohmann, and Beverly Bauman still survive.
Left: Ken Zurski author of a book about the Columbia disaster, ( THE WRECK OF THE COLUMBIA ) was guest speaker. Ken is also the Author of (PEORIA STORIES), a book about when President Teddy Roosevelt visited Peoria in 1910. His book may be bought online for $16.95.
Right: Ginsey Campbell played special music for the event, playing Amazing Grace and Hail Columbia.
Right:Reading of the Victims was done by great grand-daughter of Lucille AdCock Lucille Bruder Adcock, and below, Bryan Soady.
Pekin Firefighters Local 524 International Association of Firefighters were also represented.
Lucille AdCocks daughters Beverly Bowman and Pat Lohmann lay flowers by the marker of the Columbia by the River.
Steamer Columbia wreckage in 1918
Author Ken Zurski signs his book for Carol McCabe
Sunday, June 18, 2017
Monday, May 29, 2017
Hopedale Medical Complex COO Mark Rossi (left) and Sculpture designer Morgan Elser (right) unveil the new Major Reid Nannen Sculpture and Memorial this afternoon in Hopedale.
As the day heated up and the clouds came and went, hundreds of Veterans and audience members came out today to honor Major Reid Nannen with the unveiling of the new Sculpture of Nannen and Veterans Memorial. The Sculpture was done by local artist Morgan Elser. Morgan also Sculptured the Scott Altman Bust, which currently sits in the Scott Altman Grade School in Pekin which honors him.
Major Reid Nannen was killed Sunday, March 1, 2014, while training at TOPGUN, in Fallon Nevada. Reid was just 32 years old. Major Nannen leaves behind his wife, Sarah, 2 sons and 2 daughters.
Captain Altman was the keynote speaker at today's event, coming in from Washington D.C. Altman from Pekin, flew 4 shuttle missions, and was a pilot in the United States Navy, retiring in 2010. He is currently living in D.C. working in the private sector.
ALL PHOTOS BY ED EMMONS
Right: Captain Altman talks with Reid Nannen's parents Dale and Mary Ann Nannen before today's dedication. There are 6 marble stones with the names of each Veteran from the Hopedale area, ranging from the Civil War to those currently serving. Each stone weighs 3,000 pounds.
Delavan native Morgan Elser told me that Sculpture is 8 ft high, and that the project with herself and COO Mark Rossi just throwing ideas around for a memorial. The project started in October 2015.
Posing with the Sculpture of Major Reid Nannen from left to right. Captain Scott Altman, Dale Nannen, Sculpture artist Morgan Elswer, and Mary Ann Nannen.
Among the hundreds of Veterans in attendance today were Leonard Kruseman, 87, and Wayne Peterson who served in WW2.
Right: World War 2 veteran Wayne Peterson is wheeled past the memorial in search of his name and those he served with.
Top Right: WW2 Veteran Wayne Peterson is wheeled past the Memorial in search of his name on the stones. Mr. Peterson told me that he thought the memorial ( was great ).
Hopedale Medical Complex COO Mark Rossi
Members of the Armed Services get ready to hoist the American Flag
The U.S. Flag is hoisted by the United States Military
Audience members stand as the Flag is hoisted up
Captain Scott Altman gives the Keynote address as the Sculpture of Major Reid Nannen looms in the background.
Military Flags wave as the Sculpture of Major Reid Nannen stands at the newly dedicated Hopedale Area Veterans Memorial.
A sister of Major Reid Nannen speaks at today's dedicated of her brothers memorial.
Flags of Freedom wave at today's dedication