Thursday, July 14, 2011


(Photos by Ed Emmons)
Pekin City Councilman Cody Hendricks was given the honor of cutting  the first slice of cake to celebrate the Museums 8th Birthday.  The Museum celebrated 8 years with an open house at the Museum Thursday evening.

The Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center celebrated its 8th birthday Thursday evening with an open house open  to the public as well as both County and City officials. Only Hendricks chose to participate in the celebration.

The Museum was founded in 1997 having its first meetings at the Pekin Township building until when in 2003 David Milam offered the Museum a building on his site off Broadway Rd. to display items and hold meetings.

(Birthday Cake)

The Museum is currently located in Pekin, IL. in the Sunset Plaza Shopping Center. Summer hours of operation are from 10-2 on Monday and Wednesday's. The Museum is currently seeking a permanent location as more space is required.  Our permanent site for the Museum must be on land owned by a unit of local Government in order to receive State and Federal grants.  Since Pekin is the County Seat for Tazewell County, the Museum would like to stay in Pekin, but has received very little help securing a location from local officials. The Museum contains thousands of items donated from residents of Tazewell County as well as NASA. There are so many items that cannot be displayed because there is not enough space at the current location. Please contact President Christal Dagit if you would like to make donations of items or monetary donations.


The next fundraiser coming up to benefit the Museum is at Kouri's on September 7 from 4-7p.m. No voucher is needed for this event with 10% being donated by Kouri's.

Also coming in November will be a Kris Kindle Christmas Market held at the First Christian Church in Pekin. This will be a fine artisan fair. It will feature less crafts and more arts. Entertainment and vendors will be on site.

Tazewell County President Christal Dagit gives Councilman Cody Hendricks a tour of the Museum Thursday evening.


Shalee Soady stands by a Civil War Re-enactment Uniform worn by Pekinite Fred Soady. The uniform was donated by Bryan Soady in honor of the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War.

This model of a B-17 hangs in the Military Room at the Museum. Its a model of the one flown by LT. Ryan Lancaster. Lancaster was the first person to land at the Peoria Airport with a military aircraft B-17. This was donated by his son RJ Lancaster of Phoenix Arizona.

This Vietnam War Uniform was donated by RJ Lancaster. It is the first Vietnam uniform donated to the Museum and hangs with many other military uniforms in the Military Room.

This U.S. Air Force uniform and medals belonging to Charles Grossweiler was donated and is proudly displayed in the Military Room.

The Museum would like to thank everyone for attending our 8th Anniversary and invites you and your family to come on out and visit the Museum and learn about Tazewell County.