Saturday, May 14, 2011


       The Tazewell County Museum and Education Center located in the Sunset Plaza Shopping Center

Story and Photos by Ed Emmons(Museum Internet Tech)

At last Tuesday's Tazewell County Museum's Board meeting, it was decided and announced that the Museum is definitely looking for a new permanent location somewhere in Tazewell County. Museum President Christal Dagit said that the Museum can wait no longer to find a larger building or suite to rent in order to house the large amount of history related material it has accumulated and cannot display because they do not have enough room.

We have storage closets full of materials that we cannot display, because we don't have enough room, " said Christal Dagit". Christal said that the Museum is looking for a permanent building or suite they can call home which has the following criteria. The building must have over 6,000 Sq. Feet and be climate controlled.

Christal said the Museum has been trying to work with local leaders in Pekin to try and secure a permanent building and funding for some time, but that nothing has been accomplished. "I would rather the Museum stay in Pekin since this is the County Seat of Tazewell County," said Christal, but maybe its time to move on."

The building must be owned by some form of local Government in order to still be eligible for grants. The Museum has been working with other cities within Tazewell County about maybe relocating out of Pekin. If anyone knows of a permanent site for the Museum please contact Christal at 347-8375.

Other things on the agenda at Tuesday's Board meeting was a report by Joyce on the Space Quilts. The Space Quilts are now at the Delavan Historical Society in Delavan.

Don't forget, tell your friends and family about the Museum's website for upcoming events and happenings. .

There has been a  change in Museum hours during the summer. We will be open from 10-2 on Monday and Wednesday's.

Work has begun on the Museum's Fund raising dinners. So far there will be be fund raising dinners at Steak N Shake on June 16th, Avanti's July 13, and Kouri's September 7. Times and other locations will be announced on this site.

Artisan fair on November 18 and 19th. The 18th will take place in the afternoon and evenings and on the 19 all day Saturday. This will take place at the First Christian Church in Pekin. There will be entertainment for all.

Mackafest Parade on June 25th.

Tour at the Museum from the Grand Victorian on May 20th and 1 pm.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Tazewell County Museum takes its traveling classroom to Delavan

Museum staff volunteers Lara Campbell(right), and Barbara Tidaback(back), pick out students to represent the eight planets and one dwarf planet in our solar system Thursday morning.

Story and Photos by Ed Emmons (Museum Internet Tech)

It was the 2nd grade Delavan Grade School students turn Thursday morning to take a small field trip to the American Legion in Delavan and learn about the solar system and have a fun learning experience at the same time.

Sixteen 2nd Grade students from Mrs. Lesson's class ( Joanna Adair was the substitute teacher for the day), came to listen and learn about the solar system from Museum staff volunteers, Barbara Tidaback, Lara Campbell, and Museum President Christal Dagit Thursday morning. They would learn about the solar system by dressing up as the planets, and stars, listen to a book called, "Postcards From Pluto", read by Barb Tidaback, make their own postcards, make a space shuttle out of paper, and see a real live O-ring from a previous space shuttle.

Also helping out the Museum staff today were parent Mindy Mason, Glenn Holmes of the Delavan Historical Society, And Grandparents Don and Jane Matthews.

The students started the day off by dressing up to represent the eight planets and one dwarf planet, and to learn about each one of them. The Sun of course is really a star and the closest star to the Earth. Mercury is the closest planet to the sun. Venus is the second planet from the sun and has no moons. Earth is the third planet from the sun and has one moon. Mars is the fourth planet from the sun and has two moons. It is called the red planet because of its colors. Jupiter is called the King of planets and is the largest planet which is fifth from the sun. Its has four large moons and is covered with colorful clouds. Saturn is the sixth planet from the sun, is yellow and gray in color and is known for its rings.Uranus is the seventh planet from the sun and has a bluish-green color. It has rings and five large moons. It spins on its side. Neptune is the eighth planet from the sun and also has rings. It is blue in color and has a spot called the Great Dark Spot. Pluto has been reclassified as a dwarf planet and is the farthest from the sun so it is covered with ice.

                     Students work on their Book of the Solar System in which they got to color the planets

     Students listen to Barb Tidaback read the book called,"Postcards From Pluto", while they color their Books of the Solar System

Museum President Christal Dagit shows the students the Museums newest acquisition from NASA, a space shuttle main engine project high pressure oxidizer turbo pump turbine blade, flown in support of the space shuttle program STS-27, STS 50, and STS 54. It is encased in plastic because it has been in outer space and may contain germs.

                              Two students look at the encased turbine blade from a space shuttle

                           A student works on filling out a postcard from space as part of the project

                                                 A student shows her My Book of the Solar System

                                  Students start the Space Shuttle project by first cutting out the shuttle

                                                  Barb Tidaback helps a student cut out the shuttle

                                       A student shows off her finished Space Shuttle project

Students hold a space shuttle rocket O-ring to see how big it actually is. The O-ring stretches 12 feet around

The Museum would like to thank  Delavan Grade School, the American Legion, and the Army National Guard Armory.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


    A Delavan grade school 1st grade student looks at a small piece of the Space Shuttle engine encased in glass

Story and Photos by Ed Emmons( Museum Website Tech)

Tazewell County Museum and Education Center staff volunteers took to the road today, to talk to First grade students from Delavan Grade School in Delavan. Delavan American Legion Post 382 hosted the first part of the morning.

       Delavan Grade School first grade students sit and listen to Museum volunteer Lara Campbell. Each student was ask if they could go into space, what they would take with them?

In a pilot program being done by the Museum, staff volunteers gave the students a lesson about the solar system, demonstration on what happens when objects strike the planets, and a look at a 12 foot O-ring off the space shuttle rockets. Students started off the morning listening to Barb Tidaback reading a space book called,"Louis And The Night Sky".

                    Students listen as Barb Tidaback reads them a book called,"Louis And The Night Sky"

The 17 students walked over to the American Legion from Delavan grade school with their substitute teacher  Mrs. Beard, and a few parents who volunteered and other personnel to go along on the field trip. Their regular teacher is Mrs. Jeckel. Also volunteering their time to help out were Museum volunteer's, Museum President Christal Dagit, Barbara Tidaback, and Lara Campbell. The Delavan Times newspaper owners Sandra and Charles Denman, teacher aide Elaine Argadine, student teacher Melissa Whalen, and Glenn Holmes from the Delavan Historical Society.

Next the students got a lesson on how the solar system works, with Barb Tidaback and Lara Campbell demonstrating.

           Students get a lesson on how the earth rotates around the sun on its axis, using a orange ball representing the sun and a smaller white ball representing the earth, with a stick through it representing
the Earths axis

Next the students got a chance to cut out a paper space shuttle, color it, glue it on a black paper along with the sun and stars. Afterwards students got a lesson on the solar system from Lara Campbell.

                                     Students cut out a paper Space Shuttle to start their art project

       Delavan first grade students work on their art project Tuesday morning inside the American Legion

                                         A student works on her paper Space Shuttle art project

         Glenn Holmes from the Delavan Historical Society helps a student glue the ribbon on the Shuttle

                                 Students listen to Lara Campbell explain about the Solar System

The students next split into groups for demonstration purposes of how objects impact planets by smashing into them

A student drops a ball into the sand to see what kind of impact it would have, how wide, or depth. This shows the students how objects hitting the planets would affect them

A student drops a tennis ball into a plastic box filled with sand to represent what would happen to a planet if an object struck them

                                                              A finished Space Shuttle drawing

                                         Another Space Shuttle drawing by one of the students

Students then walked across the street to the Illinois Army National Guard building for a demonstration of the O-Ring.

          Students spread out the 12 foot O-ring that goes on the rocket of the Space Shuttle at the Illinois Army National Guard building

                                 The Army National Guard emblem in the gymnasium floor

     The Sun shines brightly over the American Legion US Flag and the Delavan water tower Tuesday morning