Friday, April 29, 2011


       Dirksen and Starke Primary 2nd graders are welcomed to the Museum by President Christal Dagit, Sharon Altman, Jan Strubhar, and Barbara Tidaback.( Photos and Story by Ed Emmons)

About 40-2nd grade students from Dirksen and Starke Primary School's visited the Tazewell County Museum and Education Center today to learn more about Everett Dirksen and to see some his materials housed in the Museum. Students spent a busy day Friday visiting other Dirksen sites such as the Dirksen Congressional Center, driving past the house on Buena Vista where he once lived, Pekin Times, Miller Center to set up Dirksen presentation, Mineral Springs Park to view Dirksen  Statue, Glendale Memorial Gardens to view Dirksen marker, Tazewell County Museum, and a stop by Applebee's to view local history display.

Once arriving at the Museum students were welcomed by Museum President Christal Dagit who along with staff volunteers Sharon Altman, Jan Strubhar, and Barbara Tidaback who each gave tours through the Museum. Students were accompanied by teachers Mrs. Wallace, Mrs. Jusca, and Mrs. Oesch, and a few parents.

Barb Tidaback tells students about the history of the Steamboat Columbia, which sank in the Illinois River, costing the lives of 87 people.

      Museum President Christal Dagit shows students some of Everett Dirksen's materials, including a record that he made in 1966, which he spoke about America while music played, a law book, some of his hand written notes, and other Dirksen materials.

Students tour the Veterans room which houses books, uniforms and items from America's Wars, including WW1, WW2, the Civil War and up to the current Wars in Iraq and AfGhanistan. All branches of the service are honored with a uniform.

                                            Two students look at a book on the Civil War

Jan Strubhar shows students an antique cash register, behind that is a metal booth which was used in the old Ehrlicher Drug Store in Pekin from 1864 to 1949.

Sharon Altman and mother of Astronaut Scott Altman shows students some of the items in the NASA Room and Scott Altman's Room.

      Barb Tidaback shows students a painting done by Delavan native Morgan Elsa and other Dirksen items.

                               Jan Strubhar shows students a replica of the St. Monica's Church

In all the students visited Everett Dirksen's materials, Antique Room, NASA and Scott Altman Room, the Veteran's Room, Library and other items.

The Museum is open during its summer hours from 10am to 2pm, on Monday's and Tuesday's.