Tuesday, December 18, 2012


                                                Photo by Ed Emmons
                 Jan Strubhar holds up a new item at the Museum, a photo of the Spanish-American War donated by Dottie McComas of Pekin.

Jan Strubhar of Groveland is this months volunteer of the month at the Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center in Pekin. Jan has volunteered for 5 years. She started out as the Librarian. She is now currently labeling items and locating their location within the Museum, to be put into the computer for easier access when someone ask to see a specific item.

Jan has also volunteered for 5 years at the South side Mission, where her Grandmother was the founder. She said she grew up at the mission. She also has volunteered at the POTC of Peoria for 20 years, and at the 4-H dog obedience classes for 10 years, and also at the lanesend Farms, 10 years.

Her hobbies include, reading, gardening, history, as well as documenting, and movies. Jan was married to her husband Bob for 49 years, before his passing in June of this year. Bob was a member of Steamfitters local 353.

Jan and Museum Director Christal Dagit actually went to grade school together at Christ Lutheran, then went to Manual High School. At 69 years young, Jan is just one of the volunteers at the Museum who keep it running.

If you would like to volunteer your time at the Museum, please call 309-347-8375, or 309-346-1889, or email us at tazewellcountymuseum@yahoo.com

The Museum would like to take this oppurtunity to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a better next year. Thanks to those who have donated items to the Museum, as well as financial donations, those that have visited, and to all the volunteers, directors, and  others who have given of their time. Also thank you to all the towns in Tazewell County who have made the Museum and success in 2012.

Monday, December 3, 2012


      Tazewell County Museum volunteer Barbara Tidaback gives Syndi Mullins (right) and Anna Carroll (center) of Herbal Springs their doughnut order Saturday at the Museum.( Photo's by Website Director Ed Emmons )

The Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center located in Sunset Plaza, Pekin, Il. held their annual Krispy Kreme doughnut fundraiser Saturday. As of 10:40 a.m. the Museum had already sold 34 dozen doughnuts.

      Herrmine Williams picks up her doughnut order Saturday morning at the Museum.

The next fundraiser for the Museum will be Easter.

                   November was declared "Native American History Month"

Also showing now in the Museum foyer are Native American banners in honor of "Native American History Month", which was in November, but many organizations are extending it several months. Banners donated by Linda Rosenthal.

     Native American Banners donated by Linda Rosenthal adorn the Museum foyer.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012


                       New NASA Posters can be seen in the Museum Foyer

Story and Photos by (tcm Internet Director) Ed Emmons

The Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center in conjunction with NASA, is offering a new poster display located in the foyer of the Museum. The topic behind the posters is: Land, Air, Water, Ice, Voyage, or Discovery.

Grace stand for Gravity, Recovery, and Climate Experiment.

                                          NASA poster about water

There are around 9 posters in the display, due to technical difficulty, I cannot put them all here.

Message from NASA: Grace is giving us new insights into every part of the Earth. Land, Air, Ocean, and Ice with its unique measurements of changes in gravity. The insights have helped in understanding Earth's interior, climate, and water resources, with potentially far reaching benefits to science and society.

                                                     NASA Air poster

                                                    NASA book markers

NASA is also furnishing the Museum with different book markers to be handed out on tours of children to the Museum who come in to view the posters or the Museum.

                            Edwards Trace Display also in Foyer

Also being displayed right now is the Edwards Trace Display. The display was the winning entry of the 1812 Symposium project sponsored by State Senator Dave Koehler. Anna Sielaff of Lincoln, IL. had the winning display.

Other items being displayed in the Museum include a Military Air Patrol Hat worn by Leslie Pulfer, which was donated by Joe Weghorst.

                      Military Air Patrol Hat now on display in Museum

If you would like to arrange to bring in a group of children to the Museum to see the NASA posters or to view the History of Tazewell County, please call 346-1889, or 347-8375.


Thursday, July 19, 2012


     Museum members Bob and Sandi Lutz came to Kouri's Pub Wednesday evening to help celebrate the Museum's 9th Birthday

Story and Photos by Ed Emmons (TCM Website Director)

The Tazewell County Museum celebrated its 9th Birthday Wednesday evening at Kouri's Pub in Pekin. From 5-9 p.m. 10% of the proceeds went to the Museum. The Museum would like to thank Kouri's Pub, and everyone who came out Wednesday evening in support.
Left: Left to right are Syndi Mullins, Gloria Flynn, Anna Carroll, and Museum President Christal Dagit. All 3 Women work at Herbal Springs and are members of the Museum

Museum President Christal Dagit was on hand for the celebration at Kouri's Pub to greet those who came to benefit the Museum. The Tazewell County Museum is a not for profit organization, ran strictly by volunteers. If you would like to become a member or donate, please contact Christal Dagit at TCHPC, C/O Christal Dagit, 2950 Court Street, Pekin, IL. 61550.

Museum hours are from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m. on Monday and Wednesday's. You may contact the Museum by calling 309-346-8375 or 309-346-1889, or email us at dagit1413@comcast.net or tazewellcountymuseum@yahoo.com

Monday, July 16, 2012


     Ginsey Campbell sits at her desk at the Tazewell County Museum Monday morning.

Story and Photos by Ed Emmons (TCM Website Director)

While most 9 year old kids are busy sleeping in late, playing video games on the TV, or just doing what 9 year olds would do during their summer vacation away from school, Ginsey Campbell of Pekin likes to volunteer her time at the Tazewell County Museum.

Every Monday morning during the summer, and as time permits when school is in session, 9 year old Ginsey does various task at the Museum. Today I found her greeting guest by the front door, but she also helps organize files, and is the Museum's (Guinea Pig) to test out educational programs the Museum develops for school age children.

Ginsey is the daughter of Rich and Lara Campbell of Pekin. She will attend 4th grade at Wilson Intermediate School this fall. Her Grandmother Barbara Tidaback also volunteers at the Museum, as well as her mother Lara Campbell. Barbara told me that Ginsey likes (old things). She especially likes the uniformed Doll collection at the Museum.
Left: Ginsey stands next to one of her favorite collections at the Museum, the Uniformed Dolls. The Dolls were donated by Dorothy Maple

Other activities Ginsey participates in are Kids Club at the Library, plays the violin in Suzuki Strings, Pom Pom Camp, volleyball at the Boys and Girls Club of Pekin, Dancing classes, tumbling classes, sleeping in her antique bed, and she loves to swim.

Right: Ginsey poses next to the Cabbage Patch Kids Astronaut, which was donated by Carol McCabe

Ginsey told me that she would like to see more children her age come to the Museum and look around. She said its not boring at all.

Left: Ginsey holds the Disneyland children's lunch box. The lunch box was donated by Barry Brenneman

Just to remind everyone, the Museum will be celebrating their 9th Birthday,Wednesday, July 18th, at Kouri's Pub in Pekin, from 5-9 p.m. During those hours 10% of all proceeds will go to benefit the Museum. Kouri's is located at 2929 Court Street in Pekin. Please come out and support your Museum!

               Ginsey holds up a new item to the Museum, a 1939 Eagle Scout Uniform worn by Virgil A Elliott. It was donated by Marcia and Kevin Elliott.

If you would like to volunteer like Ginsey, please call Christal Dagit at 309-347-8375 or 309-346-1889. You may also email us at dagit1413@comcast.net or tazewellcountymuseum@yahoo.com

Friday, July 13, 2012


Please come and help us celebrate our 9th Birthday, Wednesday July 18th, 2012 at Kouri's Pub located at 2929 Court Street in Pekin, IL. From 5-9 p.m. 10% from the drive up,carry out or dine-in will benefit your TAZEWELL COUNTY MUSEUM. THANK YOU!!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012


Marissa Kalb an 8th grade student from Broadmoor Junior High School in Pekin holds a plaque presented to her for her winning essay titled, "America's Constitutional Freedom" by Norma Walker, divisional President of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 44 Tuesday evening.

Photos and Story by Tazewell County Museum's Internet Director Ed Emmons

The Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Post 44 in Pekin held their Monthly Gold Star Banquet Tuesday evening. According to Post Commander Steve Saal, the Gold Star Banquet was started to honor mothers of members of the military who are killed in the line of duty.

The 168 ladies auxiliary members get together the 3rd Tuesday of each month, have a banquet dinner, entertainment, and in cases like Tuesday night, present a plaque to an essay winner. Tonight did not feature any mothers of those killed in the line of duty, but Peggy Meyer did attend. In 1950 her brother Pinkeith Bishop was killed during the Korean War,he was only 20 years old, and would have been 82 this year.

        Gold Star Sister Peggy Meyer poses after the Banquet, her brother Pinkeith Bishop was killed during the Korean War in 1950.

According to Commander Steven Saal,who is also the Superintendent for the Tazewell County Veterans Assistance Commission, membership for all Veterans groups has been dwindling in recent years. Besides the ladies Auxiliary group at the American Legion Post 44, the men meet on the 4th Tuesday of each month, in which they have 296 members, and the Sons of the Legion has 21 members.

According to Saal, the American Legion was started with An Act of Congress with different eligibility dates to become a member. To become a member you need a DD 214, which are discharge papers, meet the eligibility dates, and there are $35 dollar yearly dues.

             Marissa Kalb, 14, reads her winning essay, titled, "America's Constitutional Freedom", Tuesday evening at the American Legions ladies Auxiliary Gold Star Banquet

Here is Marissa's Kalb's Essay:

     Essay winner Marissa Kalb an 8th grade student from Broadmoor Junior High School poses here with her parents at the Ladies Auxiliary Gold Star Banquet Tuesday evening.

                           Plaque that was presented to Marissa Kalb

Entertainment for the evening was by singers Julianne Golan, a Senior at Pekin High School, and Seth Johnson, who just graduated from PCHS, and will be attending Bradley University in the fall. Piano was played by Seth's mother Patty Johnson. The pair sang as a duo and solo.

     Singers Julianne Golan and Seth Johnson perform during the Ladies Auxiliary of the American Legion Gold Star Banquet Tuesday evening. They ended with 'America the Beautiful'.

Theme of this Gold Star Banquet was 'Take your hats off to the Veterans'.  Christal Dagit, who is the President of the Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center told the group a little bit of what was going on with the War of 1812, and how later in the year that a ceremony was being planned for Governor Ninian Edwards whose stone is in disrepair in Springfield.

According to Steven Saal their are Memorial events being planned to honor the Veterans in Pekin. At 9.a.m. on Memorial Day there is a ceremony at Prairie Haven Cemetery on Veterans Drive, this will be conducted by the TACT team, Tazewell Area Ceremonial Team, with the help from Preston-Hanley Funeral Home for Veterans who are buried there, including Jordan Bastean, and Dean Shaffer, who both attended PCHS, participated in the JROTC program, and died 6 months apart in AfGhanistan.

Starting at 11:45 - 12:45, Mayor Laura Barra will MC ceremonies at both the Pekin Riverfront and at Lakeside Cemetery in Pekin.

Sunday, April 29, 2012


Members of the Black Fox Singers from Abingdon Ill. play the Black Hawk drum during Drum and Dancing demonstrations by Native Americans on the final day of the Illinois State Historical Society Symposium in E. Peoria, IL.

Story and Photos by Tazewell County Museum's Website Director Ed Emmons

The 3rd and final day of the Illinois State Historical Society Symposium at the Embassy Suites in E. Peoria, with the theme "Contested Lands: 1763-1840", was filled with the reading of State House Resolutions, and also demonstrations by Native Americans.

The final day began as the first two with the Parade of Flags inside the Conference Center. Here flag bearer's hold flags from the time period of 1763-1840. Names of Flag Bearer's and Flags were read by Linda Rosenthal, vice chair of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission.

The 3 days of Conferences featured over 33 well known Archaeologist, Historians, Anthropologist, Philanthropist, and researchers in their fields of expertise, banquets, a voyageur Canoe, Exhibit hall, portrayal of Illinois Territorial Governor Ninian Edwards by Brian "Fox" Ellis, and many other activities.

This was the 32nd Annual History Symposium by the Illinois State Historical Society, with the theme this year being "Contested Lands:1763-1840." This is in conjunction of the 200th Anniversary of the War of 1812.

         Speaker for the breakfast sponsored by Friends of History Saturday morning was M.J. Morgan, Author of "Land of Big Rivers:French and Indian Illinois, 1699-1778

         Randy Saxon who is a board member of the Illinois State Historical Society talked first about the 3 day symposium

Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center President, and a Chair of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission introduces President of the Illinois State Historical Society Russell Lewis

President of the Illinois State Historical Society Russell Lewis talks about the Symposium,what it meant and upcoming events, he also introduced Mayor of E. Peoria Dave Mingus for the reading of the Proclamation

         E. Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus reads the Proclamation from E. Peoria

       State Representative Michael Unes reads the resolution of the Illinois House Commemorating the Symposium in E. Peoria, IL.

      Audience members listen as the Proclamation and Resolutions are read

     State Representative Michael Unes presents the House Resolution to Illinois State Historical Society President Russell Lewis and Christal Dagit

         State Senator Dave Koehler reads a letter from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

State Senator Dave Koehler presents the State Senate  Resolution to Christal Dagit and Russell Lewis

Local Politicians pose together for posterity Saturday during closing ceremonies at the Symposium. Back Left: E. Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus,State Representative Michael Unes, State Senator Dave Koehler, Illinois State Historical President Russell Lewis, and Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center President and Chair of the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission Christal Dagit

Elder Mel Grey Owl of the Crow Creek Reservation in South Dakota gave a blessing for the event Saturday morning

       Randy Starnes plays the flute during the closing day of the Symposium

     Adam Danner, President of 4directions Healing Foundation explains what the colors and directions on his medicine wheel represent. Adam also gave a talk on "Honoring in a Good Way", which is the name of his first book

Members of the Black Fox Singers put on a demonstration of Drumming ad Dancing as part of the closing ceremonies of the Symposium

     A member of the Black Fox Singers in full regalia explains to guest that each piece of regalia he wears represents something. Just like the drum represents heartbeat and mother earth. It is a living thing said Jerry Baker, who is keeper of the drum,it must be treated with honor and respect

With this the 3rd day of the Illinois State Historical Society Symposium came to an end. See you next year.

Friday, April 27, 2012


Parade Of Historical Flags this morning at the start of Day 2 of the 2012 Illinois History Symposium at the Embassy Suites in E.Peoria, IL.

Story and Photos by Tazewell County Museum Website Director Ed Emmons

The 2nd day of the 2012 Illinois History Symposium "Contested Lands: 1763-1840", took place today at the Embassy Suites in E. Peoria, IL. First of beginning at 8:30 a.m. was the Parade of Historical Flags, in which flags from that time period are presented each morning of the 3 day event.

Starting from Right to left in the above photo are the flags and presenters. Flag 1-French Fleurdelis-presented by Bill Wilcox,Fort Creve Coeur, Flag 2- British Union-presented by Richard Cox, Legion Post 2, Flag 3- Canadian- presented by William Wilson, Rangers, Flag 4- Illinois State- Presented by David Ekstrand, Post #2, Flag 5- Quebec- Presented by Jeff Smith, Fort Creve Coeur, Flag 6- Us 15 Stars/15 Stripes- Presented by David Cook, Post #2, Flag 7- 21 Star U.S.- Presented by Bob Reidenour, Rangers, Flag 8- U.S. Daughters of 1812- Presented by Theresa Johnston, East Peoria Historical Society, Flag 9- 34 Star U.S.- Presented by James DeLoatchie, Post #2, flag 10- Virginia State- Presented by Lynn Hargus, Rangers, Flag 11- Betsy Ross- Presented by Bill Dwyer, Mackinaw Valley Longknwers.

         This replica of a Birch Wood Bark Canoe was available for viewing

As with previous days, Symposium Sessions were going on all day in the conference center rooms. Sessions ran from 8:45-10:30 a.m. At 12:15 a.m. A luncheon was held in the River Front Grand Ballroom, held by the Illinois State Historical Society and sponsored by the Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center. Guest speaker was Dr. Michael Wiant, Dickson Mounds Museum.

Dr.Michael Wiant of the Dickson Mounds Museum was the guest speaker at the Illinois State Historical Society Luncheon today in the River Front Grand Ballroom.

Symposium Session began again at 1:30 to 3 p.m. last until 5 p.m. Tomorrow (Saturday) will be the last day of the Symposium ending at noon. The day will begin with breakfast, then the Parade of Flags, and will consist of Resolution being read by local politicians.

 The Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center had a booth in the Exhibit hall. Here Fred Altman and Jan Strubhar answer questions about the Museum.

This display by the Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center, shows the Flags of Illinois. The flags are United States, France, Canada, Quebec, Great Britain, and Spain

Guest of the Illinois State Historical Society Luncheon listen to President of the Society Bill Furry ( Far Right ), Bill thanked those who have helped put on the symposium