Friday, September 23, 2011


                                                                           (Image by Robert Thom)

The Tazewell County Commission on the War of 1812/Civil War held a meeting last night at the Tazewell County Genealogical and History Society in Pekin. Christal Dagit, Regional Director of the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission conducted the meeting.

The Commission discussed how they would go about finding all Veterans of the War of 1812, and where they were buried. So far no Veterans have been located in Pekin or E. Peoria. A total of 26 Veterans are believed to be from Tazewell County.

A three day symposium is being planned for April 26-28 at the Embassy Suites, East Peoria. The Tazewell County Museum will host a luncheon at the symposium and is selling lapel pins that will come with a postcard with the image that is shown( above ) for $5 to offset the cost. You may contact the Tazewell County Museum at 347-8375 to purchase the pins or email us at or

The following shows what the lapel pins look like and the second image is of the back of the postcard with information concerning the symposium.

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The two-hour film history airs on PBS stations nationwide on Monday, October 10, 2011 at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings). Filmed by award-winning documentarians Lawrence Hott and Diane Garey and narrated by Joe Mantegna, the film explores when, from 1812 to 1815, Americans battled against the British, Canadian colonists, and Native warriors. The outcomes shaped the geography and the identity of North America.
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Wednesday, September 21, 2011


                                                                       (Photo by Ed Emmons)

Ed Schneider of Washington, IL. has been chosen volunteer of the month for October by the Museum. He has been volunteering at the Museum for 4 years. Ed is still going strong at age 88, and loves his time at the Museum of cataloging magazine articles about the railroad, as he is an avid fan of the railroad and model railroading, as well as photography. Ed owned a printing business until retiring in 1986.

The War of 1812 Civil War County Commission will be holding a meeting Thursday, September 22 at 7 p.m. at the Tazewell County Genealogical and History Society located at 719 N. 11th Street. Anyone interested may attend, as meetings are open to the public. Meetings will be held bi-monthly at different locations throughtout Tazewell County.

If you would like to become a Museum volunteer contact us at 347-8375 or by emailing us at or

Sunday, September 18, 2011


                                                               (Photos by Ed Emmons)
         Commander Scott Altman receives the "Distinguished Citizen Award" from the W.D.Boyce Council of  Boy Scouts of  America last night at the Byerly Aviation Hanger in Peoria, IL.

Commander Scott D. Altman received the "Distinguished Citizen Award" by the W.D.Boyce Council of the Boy Scouts of America last night. It was held at the Byerly Aviation Hanger at the Wayne A. Downing Airport in Peoria. The award was presented by Astronaut John Grunsfeld who was with Scott on the STS-125 mission to the Hubble Telescope.

Left: The "Distinguished Citizens Award"

It was an "Out of this World" galactic experience inside the Byerly Aviation Hangar which included planetary food stations, an ice bar with a 4,000 pound ice sculpture of the space shuttle, featuring lights which made it look like it was taking off. According to Brian Uhlenhopp, Development Director of W.D.Boyce Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Head Chef at the Pierre Marquette Jeff Seldig sculptured the magnificent center piece. Brian told me that Jeff worked on site for 3 nights finishing the work. It was made from 18 blocks of ice.

As guest entered the Byerly Aviation building they encountered a galactic surprise with cardboard mock ups of Altman, an astronaut in a spacesuit, and theatrical lighting and fog to set the evenings events.

Left: Guest walked into the Byerly Building to cardboard mock ups, theatrical lighting and fog.


Left: An Astronaut mock up and theatrical lighting and fog met guest walking down the hallway into the Byerly Aviation Building last night.

About the W.D. Boyce Council:

About William Dickson Boyce

William Dickson BoyceIn late October of 1909, a Chicago publisher who resided in Ottawa, Illinois, was on a business trip in London, England. Standing on a corner in a dense fog, utterly lost, he was approached by a young boy who inquired, "Sir, may I be of assistance." Upon explaining his dilemma, the boy volunteered to show Mr. Boyce the way. When they arrived, Boyce reached into his pocket for a shilling to tip the boy. The youth refused, saying, "No thank you sir, I'm a scout and this is my good turn for the day." Boyce, up to that point, had never heard of a scout; but, he was intrigued with the concept. He asked the boy to wait for him so that he could learn more about "scouts". This scout, whose name was never recorded, became known internationally as "The Unknown Scout". This gesture by an unknown Scout inspired a meeting with Robert Baden-Powell, the British founder of the Boy Scouts. As a result, William D. Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910. He also created the Lone Scouts, which merged with the Boy Scouts of America in 1924.

Subsequent conversation revealed that scouting had actually begun in England in 1907 by Lord Robert Baden Powell. Meeting with Baden-Powell, Boyce gathered up all the literature he could find on scouting and read it on the voyage home to America. He decided that this was something boys in America should have, and so, to that end, on February 8, 1910, Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America. Unable to get the fledgling organization up and running, in May of 1910 he was approached by Edgar Robinson of the YMCA. Together, the two decided that the organization and idea behind it should go forward, but they both admitted they lacked the expertise to carry the project to its conclusion. They brought into their group of organizers two more men: (1) Ernest Thompson Seton, a Canadian naturalist who was running a program in Connecticut for boys that he called the Woodcraft Indians; and, (2) Dan Carter Beard ("Uncle Dan"), who was running a program for boys called the Sons of Daniel Boone. These four men actually got the organization up and running. Seton was appointed the first Chief Scout, and Uncle Dan became the first Scout Commissioner. W. D. Boyce then made a pledge of $1,000.00 per month (no small sum in the year 1910!) for a period of two years to help the organization get started. These funds made it possible for the Boy Scouts of America to actually establish the basis under which it still operates today.
( From the W.D. Boyce Council Website)

Today the Council has over 13,000 youth and 4,000 adults active in 14 counties in Central IL. If you would like to contact them their address is 614 NE Madison Avenue, Peoria, IL. 61603, or phone 309-673-6136 for more information.

Each year the W.D.Boyce Council of Boy Scouts of America presents "The Distinguised Citizen Award to one who exemplifies the qualities in the Scout Oath and Law. This year Scott demonstrated leadership, confidence and perseverance set the example for all of us. His commitment to doing your best and living by the 12 points of the Scout Law leave an impact on youth throughout Central Illinois.( By the W.D. Boyce Council ).

Left: The (Sun) planetary food station inside the Byerly Aviation Hangar

Top Right: The Venus planetary food station               
Right: Moonglow drinks are poured for guest.

Left: The (Mercury) planetary food station

Below Right: The Tazewell County and Education Center had a table at the "Distinguished Citizen Award". The Museum features a room in honor of Pekinite and Commander Scott Altman.

While everyone was enjoying the food at the planetary food stations inside the Byerly Hangar, Commander Altman was outside meeting guest.

Left: Commander Altman meeting and talking with guest of the Dinner.

Right: Commander Altman autographs packages of "Astronauts ice cream" that guest could get inside

Left: Commander Altman poses with some guest outside the Byerly Hangar before the presentation Saturday night

                                          The Ice Bar and the Space Shuttle Ice Sculpture

                                              Inside the cockpit of a C-130 cargo plane

                                       Inside the front part of the C-130 Cargo plane

                                          Looking inside the rear cargo doors of the C-130

                                          Looking out the rear cargo door of the C-130

                                          An armed soldier takes watch over the C-130

As the 8 pm hour drew near, guest started getting their places on some bleachers that were set up outside to watch the presentation of the "Distinguished Citizen Award" take place outside the Byerly Hangar.

A van with NASA logos pulls up in front of the Hangar with Commander Altman and others dressed in orange jump suits

Left: Scouts present the Colors and the Pledge of Allegiance

Right: Commander Scott Altman receives the "Distinguished Citizen Award"

Looking into the Byerly Hangar while a screen shows Commander Altman's last mission crew members wishing him congratulations on receiving the "Distinguished Citizens Award"

Last years Award winner was former Caterpillar CEO Jim Owens. Now here is a small video of the events inside the Byerly Hangar.