Wednesday, October 19, 2011

MEET CAROL STALLWITZ OF PEKIN, MUSEUM VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH

                                                                         (Photos by Ed Emmons)
Carol Stallwitz of Pekin IL. has been chosen volunteer of the month for November by the Museum. Carol has been volunteering her time for 5 years at the Museum. Carol does numerous jobs at the Museum, including, recording all accessions ( putting all items donated to the Museum on the computer ), records all items that have value assigned to them, and she takes care of making sure the members list is up to date.

At 75, Carol likes to keep busy, besides volunteering at the Museum about 20 hours per month, she  also volunteers at the Tazewell County Genealogical And Historical Society. She and her husband Jim have been married for 54 years. They enjoy traveling, have their own motor home and belong to a camping club. They are getting ready shortly to depart for Alamo Texas, where they will spend the winter months.

Left: Carol Stallwitz holds a cole slaw cutter that she donated to the Museum, its about 75 years old and once belonged to her mother.

                                  UPDATE

Last month when we did our volunteer of the Month segment on Ed Schneider, WMBD-TV, Channel 31, picked up the story and came out to the Museum and did a segment on Ed, for their "Living Well" show. Somehow we thought that would air last Friday at 4 p.m., we were wrong. It has already aired on the 11th of this month. I contacted the producer today and he will contact us when its available to watch on their website. When we get that information, we will update our website.

Good luck Carol, and have a Happy Birthday on Friday. If you would like to become a volunteer at the Museum, please call Museum President Christal Dagit at 309-347-8375 on Monday or Wednesday's from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or you can email us at tazewellcountymuseum@yahoo.com .



Monday, October 17, 2011

FIRST OFFICIAL FLYER OF THE ILLINOIS WAR OF 1812 SYMPOSIUM IN EAST PEORIA NEXT APRIL 26-28, 2012


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Illinois History Symposium
Dear Friends:

The 2012 Illinois History Symposium, "Contested Lands: 1763-1840," is only a few short months away. Please put us on your calendar and let your reading audience know about this marvelous educational opportunity, which highlights Illinois's role in the War of 1812, and how the outcome of that conflict led to statehood, Native American removal, and further westward expansion.

Sincerely,
William Furry
Executive Director
Illinois State Historical Society
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Illinois State Historical Society plans 200th anniversary commemoration of War of 1812
The Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS), the Canadian Consulate Generalin Chicago, the French Heritage Corridor Association, and several partner museums, historical societies, and Native American organizations across the state will host the 2012 Illinois History Symposium at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria next spring. The theme of the annual conference, "Contested Lands: 1763-1840," frames the seminal events of pre- and post-Revolution America as they were played out on the frontier, including the War of 1812, an international conflict that culminated in statehood for Illinois six years later, and reestablished the national boundaries of Canada.
"The symposium commemorates the War of 1812 and provides the context for events that define our national identity today," says Christal Dagit, executive director of the Tazewell County Museum and Historical Center and Regional Director of the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. "The anniversary gives us an opportunity to remember a time in the development of the United States when Illinois was the far west," Dagit observed. "So much is not known about this period in our history. We need to reflect on these times when life was so hard on so many."
"The War of 1812 was a significant event in Canadian history, creating a strong national identity," said Colleen Duke, Academic and Cultural Affairs Officer at the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago. "What is most interesting is that both Canada and the United States see themselves as the victors, each for different reasons. The Consulate General is pleased to partner in this symposium and making this commemoration a significant educational opportunity for Canadians, Illinoisans, Native Americans, and modern-day residents of the Old Northwest Territory."
When the nation's 2nd war with Great Britain broke out in 1812, the present Prairie State was part of the Illinois Territory, hunting grounds for more than a dozen Native American tribes--Potawatomi, Kickapoo, Kaskaskia, Sauk, Fox, Miami, Winnebago, Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Sioux, Piankashaw, and others. The 1809 territorial map included the future states of Illinois and Wisconsin, and the northern peninsula of Michigan. Soon after war broke out, the eastern seaboard was set ablaze in several memorable battles, one that inspired our National Anthem. The Great Lakes likewise provided a backdrop for numerous bloody encounters with the British, which gave our nation several heroes. But it was on the Illinois frontier where the untested American militia went head to head (in some cases scalp to scalp) with the indigenous population, who fight mightily-and futilely-for Native Sovereignty.
"East Peoria is the perfect setting for the 2012 symposium," says ISHS executive director William Furry. "Not only was the Illinois River a principal transportation corridor for Native American tribes moving from Canada to the Mississippi River during the war, the region was the setting for several bloody engagements between the frontier militia and the Indians, engagements that set the stage for tribal removal 20 years later."
The 2012 Illinois History Symposium will look at the confluence of these various factions-English, Native American, French, Canadian, and American-and explore how these populations, in conflict and collaboration, established the identities of the nations we know today. Archaeologists, professional and amateur historians, genealogists, and other scholars will present their latest research at the symposium, providing ample opportunities for public discussion of their findings. The symposium will also include an "artifact identification" session, an opportunity for the general public to bring Illinois artifacts in for examination and identification by trained archaeologists.
The last day of the symposium will also include a Native American pow-wow, with tribal elders from several nations in attendance. Also planned throughout the commemoration are Native-American blessing ceremonies, a reconciliation offering, and several sessions devoted to the history and culture of tribes formerly indigenous to the area. There are no recognized Indian nations living in Illinois at this time.
Additional partners for the symposium are Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown; the French Heritage Corridor Association; The Tazewell County Museum and Historical Center; the Peoria Historical Society; the Woodford County Historical Society; the McLean County Museum of History; Daughters of Veterans of the War of 1812; the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission; The Chicago History Museum; and the National Park Service.
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Thursday, October 13, 2011

MUSEUM POSTER DISPLAY IN ENTRY FOYER, AND OTHER MUSEUM NEWS


 (Photo by Ed Emmons)
               This poster and many others are available for viewing in the entry foyer to the Museum

The Tazewell County Museum is focusing on Magnetic Storms, Earthquakes, water, soil, and other Earths sciences. Projects involving earths sciences are being developed for children of all ages.

A note to everyone: WMBD, Channel 31 will be airing a segment called "Postcards from Home", at 4 p.m. this coming Friday. It will be on their Living Well segment. Featured in this story will be Volunteer Ed Schneider from the Museum. Ed was featured on our website September 21, 2011 as Volunteer of the month.

The meeting of the County Historical Commission on the joint War of 1812/Civil War, be be held November 10, at 7 p.m. at the Mackinaw Christian Church in Mackinaw. It is located at the intersections of Madison and Orchard Streets. The public is invited to attend, reservations are not required.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY PLANS 200TH ANNIVERSARY COMMENMORATION OF WAR OF 1812

State Historical Society plans 200th anniversary commemoration of War of 1812

The Illinois State Historical Society (ISHS), the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago, the French Heritage Corridor Association, and several partner museums, historical societies, and Native American organizations across the state will host the 2012 Illinois History Symposium at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria next spring. The theme of the annual conference, “Contested Lands: 1763-1840,” frames the seminal events of pre- and post-Revolution America as they were played out on the frontier, including the War of 1812, an international conflict that culminated in statehood for Illinois six years later, and reestablished the national boundaries of Canada.

“The symposium commemorates the War of 1812 and provides the context for events that define our national identity today,” says Christal Dagit, executive director of the Tazewell County Museum and Historical Center and Regional Director of the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission. “The anniversary gives us an opportunity to remember a time in the development of the United States when Illinois was the far west,” Dagit observed. “So much is not known about this period in our history. We need to reflect on these times when life was so hard on so many.”

“The War of 1812 was a significant event in Canadian history, creating a strong national identity,” said Colleen Duke, Academic and Cultural Affairs Officer at the Canadian Consulate General in Chicago. “What is most interesting is that both Canada and the United States see themselves as the victors, each for different reasons. The Consulate General is pleased to partner in this symposium and making this commemoration a significant educational opportunity for Canadians, Illinoisans, Native Americans, and modern-day residents of the Old Northwest Territory."

When the nation’s 2nd war with Great Britain broke out in 1812, the present Prairie State was part of the Illinois Territory, hunting grounds for more than a dozen Native American tribes--Potawatomi, Kickapoo, Kaskaskia, Sauk, Fox, Miami, Winnebago, Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Sioux, Piankashaw, and others. The 1809 territorial map included the future states of Illinois and Wisconsin, and the northern peninsula of Michigan. Soon after war broke out, the eastern seaboard was set ablaze in several memorable battles, one that inspired our National Anthem. The Great Lakes likewise provided a backdrop for numerous bloody encounters with the British, which gave our nation several heroes. But it was on the Illinois frontier where the untested American militia went head to head (in some cases scalp to scalp) with the indigenous population, who fight mightily—and futilely—for Native Sovereignty.

“East Peoria is the perfect setting for the 2012 symposium,” says ISHS executive director William Furry. “Not only was the Illinois River a principal transportation corridor for Native American tribes moving from Canada to the Mississippi River during the war, the region was the setting for several bloody engagements between the frontier militia and the Indians, engagements that set the stage for tribal removal 20 years later.”

The 2012 Illinois History Symposium will look at the confluence of these various factions—English, Native American, French, Canadian, and American—and explore how these populations, in conflict and collaboration, established the identities of the nations we know today. Archaeologists, professional and amateur historians, genealogists, and other scholars will present their latest research at the symposium, providing ample opportunities for public discussion of their findings. The symposium will also include an “artifact identification” session, an opportunity for the general public to bring Illinois artifacts in for examination and identification by trained archaeologists.

The last day of the symposium will also include a Native American pow-wow, with tribal elders from several nations in attendance. Also planned throughout the commemoration are Native-American blessing ceremonies, a reconciliation offering, and several sessions devoted to the history and culture of tribes formerly indigenous to the area. There are no recognized Indian nations living in Illinois at this time.

Additional partners for the symposium are Dickson Mounds Museum in Lewistown; the French Heritage Corridor Association; The Tazewell County Museum and Historical Center; the Peoria Historical Society; the Woodford County Historical Society; the McLean County Museum of History; Daughters of Veterans of the War of 1812; the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission; The Chicago History Museum; and the National Park Service.

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William Furry
Executive Director
Illinois State Historical Society
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