Wednesday, May 15, 2013


     Fred Altman gives 2nd graders from Stark School a tour of the Scott Altman and Astronaut Room Tuesday afternoon

Story and Photos by Ed Emmons ( Museum Website Director )

Monday and Tuesday were both busy days this week at the Museum. On Monday the Museum hosted Delavan Home and Community Education group, which is connected to the Extension Service. Wednesday 2 classes from Jefferson and Stark schools in Pekin.

Left: Tazewell County Museum Director Christal Dagit welcomes and talks to student Tuesday before they begin the Museum tour

The first group that arrived was a 2nd grade class from Jefferson School. The class is taught by Shelly Bastean.

The students started out a 8:50 Tuesday morning and visited many sites during their "Discovering Dirksen Tour". Both Jefferson and Stark students visited the Dirksen Congressional Center, visited "Bean Town", where Mr. Dirksen grew up, The Tazewell County Genealogical Society, The Dirksen Statue in the Mineral Springs Park, Lunch at Mineral Springs Park, Pekin Kiwanis Club, Tazewell County Museum, Glendale Memorial Gardens to view Dirksen's grave marker, and Applebee's to view items displayed on the walls.

     Jan Strubhar a volunteer for the Tazewell Museum gives a tour of the Veterans room

Left: Director Christal Dagit points out some Everette Dirksen items

The second class of the day was from Jefferson School. That class is taught by Marj Oesch. Both classes were accompanied by many parents and relatives.

Volunteers from the Museum who were involved in helping out the tours were, Sharon Altman, Fred Altman, Gayle Gettman ( along with husband Bruce), Jan Strubhar, Karen Blone, and Christal Dagit. Thank you, and thanks to the Classes from both Stark and Jefferson Schools for making the Museum a stopping point.


    Members of the Delavan Home and Community Education group stop for a photo during their tour of the Museum on Monday morning

Members of the Delavan Home and Community Education group, which is connected to the Tazewell County Extension service toured the Museum Monday morning. The group consist of 33 members and its President is Marge Detmers. The group has been around for over 50 years.

Left: Museum volunteer Gayle Gettman (Center) holds one of more than 800 pictures from the Distinguished Gentlemen of Tazewell County file, as Director Christal Dagit explains the process of handling and copying the photos to the group

     Museum volunteer Pat Moser talks with the Delavan Home and Community Education group about the Scott Altman ( Astronaut Room )

      Christal Dagit talks about the Delavan items donated to the Museum

Thanks ladies for touring the Museum and please come back!

Coming soon on the website another Volunteer of the Month!