Wednesday, February 29, 2012


Left: Adam Danner, president and Author of the 4 Directions Healing Foundation

RSVP deadline for reservations to the Native American Cultural Luncheon to be held on this Saturday, March 3rd from Noon to 2 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 616 W. David St., Morton, Il. Deadline is Feb. 29th. Our speaker for this program is Adam Danner, president and author of the 4 Directions Healing Foundation.

Please RSVP to Christal Dagit 346-1889, or at the Tazewell County Museum 347-8375 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., or to Susan Pyles in Morton at 573-1276.

This is a fundraising event for the Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center. This is our first educational program of the year and also co-insides with the War of 1812 Commemoration event for the counties historical commission.

Information on 4 Direction Healing Foundation:
to promote authentic education about Native Americans
to bring unification and healing to all pople, with a special emphasis on Native Americans people
to provide physical and financial assistance for Native Americans who are in dire need
to protect Native American cultures against misrepresentation and exploitation
to work toward the healing of our natural world

Information on the 4 D

Monday, February 27, 2012


"Contested Lands: 1763-1840," 2012 Illinois History Symposium

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Friends and Colleagues:
The 2012 Illinois History Symposium will be held April 16-28 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in East Peoria. It promises to be an engaging and stimulating foray into Midwest frontier history, with emphasis on the War of 1812, Native-American history, prairie archaeology, and the historic city of Peoria. All are welcome and we hope you will take this unique opportunity to explore early Illinois history during the 200th commemoration of the War of 1812.
A note to teachers: Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) will be available to registered teachers. Some scholarships (i.e. registration waivers) are available. For details call the Society office at 217-525-2781.

Sincere best wishes,

William Furry, Executive Director
Illinois State Historical Society

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Saturday, February 11, 2012


Pekin Author Susan Hatton holds one of her books "A Frontier Wife"

Pekin Author Susan Hatton published her first book in 1988, called "A Frontier Wife". Amazon describes her book as follows: Barely nineteen and newly married to Josh, Carrie leaves her safe city home to follow her husband's dream: to dream: to own land and create a farm in the untamed west. Join Carrie and Josh as they discover a harsh and beautiful land as they cope with endless chores and day-to-day survival, as they create a new, courageous way of life, as they befriend a young Abe Lincoln who would follow a great dream of his own.

Hatton also wrote another book called, "Eden Valley", which is described as a western historical fiction paperback,  and co-wrote a book with her father Walter Hatton, called "Back in those days 1902-1935". 

" A Frontier Wife " was first published in 1988. Susan told me that her father Walter was a big Lincoln buff. This book was used as reading material in the English Department at Edison Junior High School for over 10 years. It was also sold at New Salem State Park.

The Tazewell County Museum is currently selling "A Frontier Wife", in paper backs, which were donated by Susan Hatton to the Museum for fundraising purposes. Price is $6.00, and can be purchased by calling the Museum at 309-347-8375, 309-346-1889, or by emailing us at .

Besides being an Author, Susan has been the Secretary for the Pekin Women's Club for 25 years. She also taught school at St. Joseph and South Pekin Grade School, where she taught Language Arts.

Monday, February 6, 2012


                                                                  Photo by Ed Emmons (TCM)
Members of the Pekin Women's Club pose for a photo after their Friday Luncheon at the First Methodist Church in Pekin, IL.

Tazewell County Museum President, and Regional Director for the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission was the featured guest speaker Friday, February 3, 2012 at the Pekin Women's Club monthly luncheon. The luncheon was held this month at the First Methodist Church in Pekin, IL.

Left: Tazewell County Museum President, and Regional Director for the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission gestures as she talks about the War of 1812, the upcoming symposium in April, and the local American Indian Tribes which at one time were in Illinois

Besides being President of the Museum and the regional director for the Illinois War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, she is also a member of the Pekin Women's Club where she has served as its President for two consecutive terms.

The Pekin Women's Club was founded 117 years ago and currently has 53 members. The Women's Club was the first organizational member of the Tazewell County Museum, which was founded 8 years ago. The group also held the first fundraiser for the Museum, which featured the French consulate from Chicago in attendance, because of the area's french heritage.

Christal talked about the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commission, how local Indian Tribes shaped Illinois, and about upcoming events scheduled, including A Native American Cultural Experience Luncheon on March 3, 2012, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, located at 616 W. David St. in Morton, IL. from noon until 2 p.m. That event will feature 4 Directions Healing Foundation President and Author Adam Danner as well as special Native American Guest. This will be the 1st event commemorating the War of 1812, presented by the Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center. Tickets are $15.00 a person and can be purchased from Christal Dagit at 309-840-0177 or and can be picked up at the Tazewell County Museum, 2950 Court St., in Pekin. In Morton, please contact Susan Pyles at 573-1276 to arrange for tickets.

Right: 4 Directions Healing Foundation President and Author Adam Danner ( Photo courtesy of the Chillocothe Times Bulletin)

Other upcoming events scheduled include a 3 day event being held at the Embassy Suites in East Peoria on April 26-28. The 2012 Illinois History Symposium, "Contested Lands: 1763-1840", highlights Illinois roll in the War of 1812, and how the outcome of their conflict led to statehood, Native American removal, and further westward expansion.

For more information call the Illinois State Historical Society at 217-525-2781 or visit the ISHS website at

Please take time to attend one or more of these events. Remember without history, how do we know where we came from.

Friday, February 3, 2012


                                 Get your tickets now for A Native American Cultural Experience Luncheon, featuring 4 Directions Healing Foundation President & Author Adam Danner with Special Native American Guest.