Sunday, December 7, 2014

MUSEUM OPENS ITS DOORS FOR "CHRISTMAS ON COURT" FOR 1ST TIME

      Children make paper rings at the "Special Collections" part of the Museum Friday night as part of "Christmas on Court". Helping the kids are Museum personnel Karen Blome and Barbara Tidaback


By Museum Website Director Ed Emmons


Friday night was a special night for the Tazewell County Museum's "Special Collections" building in down town Pekin as part of "Christmas on Court" annual event. After moving into the Arcade Building this was the first such event at the Museum.

Left: Ralph and Wendell the Elves, better known as Cody Salem and Caty Cornwell of The Artistic Community Theater greeted guest at the Museum Friday night.

As Parents and children filtered into the Museum, the children were ask if they wanted to make paper rings in the classroom area. They were helped out by Museum staff, Barbara Tidaback and Karen Blome.

Since the Museum was always located in the Sunset Hills Plaza, it has never participated in "Christmas on Court" in its own building. It has a couple times set up displays in the Courthouse. It is still there, but because of space, the Museum has moved its "Special Collections" and classroom to the Arcade Building down town across from the Court House, although the main Museum is still located at the Sunset Hills location.

Right: A child makes the colorful paper rings Friday night in the classroom of the Museum.


Left: Two of Santa's Reindeer, Prancer and Vixen make an appearance at the Museum Friday night. They are better known as Scott Jackson and Brittany Duley of the Artistic Community Theater.

Left: Some members of the Artist Community Theater sing Carols inside the Museum Friday night.


Right: 9 year old Mark Czesak looks at some of the Everett Dirksen collection at the Museum Friday night.


Starting next year the Museum will be offering classes such as cursive writing to the public at its down town location.

left: Jacey Knox poses with Prancer and Vixen



Right: Jordyn Knox poses with Prancer and Vixen Friday night at the Museum.

The Museum will hold its Grand opening in January of 2015.

Thank you to everyone who came out and joined in on the festivities.


                                                Jansen Knox poses with Vixen and Prancer

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO EVERYONE FROM YOUR FRIENDS AT THE TAZEWELL COUNTY MUSEUM!


























 

Sunday, November 2, 2014

MUSEUM KRISPY KREME DONUT FUNDRAISER UNDERWAY

 Museum Krispy Kreme Donut fundraiser underway
 
 
By Ed Emmons (TCM)
 
The Annual Museum Krispy Kreme fundraising event is now underway, please support your Museum by purchasing some donuts today. Pickup day is November 24th at the Museum. Donuts are $8 a dozen.
 
Please phone 309-642-1128 and ask for Karen!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

CUB SCOUT PACK 81 VISITS MUSEUM

      Cub Scout Pack 81 members sit around a Museum table and speak of  their recent project of collecting something and telling others about it. Afterwards the Scouts toured the Tazewell County Museum learning about past history and history in the making.


Story and Photos by Ed Emmons (TCM Website Director)

On Monday night Cub Scout Pack 81 visited the Tazewell County Museum showing off their project of collecting and speaking about it, then toured the Museum and learned about past history and history in the making.

According to Scout Master Mark Gingrich, the scouts do these kind of projects to earn belt loop awards and pins. The Cub Scout belt loop and pin program encourages a boy to do his best while learning skill and promoting good sportsmanship.

Wolf Rank is for boys who have finished first grade, (or who are 8 years old). To earn the Wolf Badge, a boy must pass 12 achievements.

Left: Cub Scout Ethan Gingrich shows his train collection Monday night at the Museum.

Most boy are 7 or 8 years of age and 2nd graders.

Pack 81 is based out of the Bethel Lutheran Church.

Right: Scout Lucas Drake shows his Pokeman collection.

Right: Museum Director Christal Dagit (right), and Museum finance officer Karen Blome show the scouts a bayonet during the Museum tour Monday night while in the Military part of the Museum.

Left: Scouts look at Military uniforms worn by local men and women while in the Military room.



Cub Scout 81 members attending the Museum tour were, Ethan Gingrich, Lucas Drake, Paul Johnson, Tucker Berlein, Gavin Thompson, Grant Franklin, and Christian Johnson.


Left: Christal and Karen show the Scouts a replica of a Mastadon Tusk.






Right: In the NASA or Scott Altman Room.
























 

Sunday, October 19, 2014

RAILROAD ITEMS GO UP AT DOWNTOWN ARCADE BUILDING LOCATION

                       Tazewell County Museum Volunteer Karan Parmele and her husband Jerry start putting up the railroad signs Friday in the reception area at the Museum's Arcade Building location.


Story and Photo by TCM Ed Emmons


Things are off and moving with the Tazewell County Museum's Special Collections items located in the Arcade Building downtown Pekin. Friday morning the railroad signs and items starting going up with the help of  the Museum's Karan Parmele and her husband Jerry.

For the time being and for the lack of space at the main Sunset Plaza Museum location, the Special Collections items are located in the Arcade Building in downtown Pekin, across from the Court House. Many items are also being away from the boxes that were moved from the Sunset Hills Shopping Center location and filing cabinets are being loaded back up with items and railroad maps.

Karan is also the President of the Mackinaw Area Historical Society. The Museum is still looking for anyone who has a couple of hours per week to volunteer. If you are interested, please call 346-1889.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

PEKIN WOMEN'S CLUB ANNUAL FALL LUNCHEON

        President of the Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center speaks during the annual Pekin Women's club fall luncheon Friday afternoon at the Pekin Country Club


Story and Photos by Ed Emmons
TCM Website Director


The Annual Women's club fall luncheon was held Friday at the Pekin Country Club. Around 25 members attended. Speaker for the luncheon was President of the Tazewell County Museum and Educational Center Christal Dagit. Current President of the Women's Club Shirley Minyard introduced Christal Dagit before the presentation was given.

The Pekin Women's Club was founded 119 years ago, and was the first organizational member of the Tazewell County Museum. The Museum was founded 10 years ago.

      While members of the Pekin Women's Club listen, President of the Museum Christal Dagit gives her presentation on the Museum.


 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

MUSEUM FINISHES ITS "SPECIAL COLLECTIONS" MOVE TO ARCADE BUILDING

                        Volunteers from P & M Construction look over a map cabinet before loading it

Story and Photos by Museum Staff


The Tazewell County Museum finished their move of their "Special Collections" items to the new space at the Arcade Building today. Due to a lack of space at the Museum's Sunset Plaza location, the Museum opted to move some of its items to the Arcade Building.

Left: Volunteers from P & M Construction move a cabinet Sunday from that location to the Arcade Building.

Volunteers from P & M Construction owned by Marion Townsend started moving "Special Collections" items today at 9 a.m.

The volunteers were: Chris Hiatt, Shawn Dison, Scott Floyd, Marian Townsend, and Michael Bailey.

Museum volunteers were: June Lawson, Carol McCabe, and Christal Dagit.

Volunteers from the Museum also moved smaller items September 23, while today was reserved for larger items such as heavy desk and cabinets.

Right: Taking a break from moving day are left to right: Carol McCabe, P & M owner Marion Townsend, and June Lawson.

The Museum would like to thank everyone who gave of their time and equipment for the move to the Arcade Building.


Left: Volunteers move a heavy desk out to the trailer owned by P & M Construction which most of the heavier objects were moved today.



Left: Museum volunteers move filing cabinets from the September 13 move.


Right: Volunteers move boxes into one of new rooms at the Arcade Building September 13.




















 

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

VISIT THE LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM AND HELP THE MUSEUM AT THE SAME TIME

VISIT THE LINCOLN PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND HELP THE MUSEUM AT ONE TIME
 
 


There is a required minimum number of passengers signed up for the trip to take place, and  you must be signed up by October 10, 2014. If you have any questions, or would like to sign up, please call Karen Blome at 309-642-1128. Get your reservations in today!


 

Monday, September 15, 2014

TAZEWELL COUNTY MUSEUM MOVING ITS "SPECIAL COLLECTIONS" ITEMS TO THE ARCADE BUILDING

         Tazewell County Museum moving volunteers unload items Saturday at the Arcade Building


Story and Photos by TCM Staff


Saturday morning volunteers starting moving the "Special Collections Items" to the Arcade Building in downtown Pekin.

Left: Volunteer Kenny Crawford moves boxes onto a dolly to begin moving the Museum's "Special Collections Items" to their new location


The Museum is currently located in the Sunset Plaza in Pekin but does not have enough room for all their items. Tazewell County has agreed to lease several rooms at the Arcade Building to the Museum.

The new location will house Veterans items, Civil War, Railroad and Model Railroad items, Photos, some NASA Documents, and Family information of Tazewell County.

This was only phase 1 of the move, the next moving day is scheduled to take place September 28th. No opening day for the new location has been determined yet.

Right: Volunteers load filing cabinets onto a trailer Saturday as the move begins.

Those volunteering their time and resources were Kenny Crawford, Carol McCabe, Joel Fitzanko, Rol White, Tom Woodmancy, Christal Dagit, and Ed Emmons.

If you would like to volunteer your time to move larger items September 28th, please contact President Christal Dagit at 309-840-0177.





 

Monday, July 21, 2014

MUSEUM CELEBRATES 11TH ANNIVERSARY AT KOURI'S IN PEKIN

       Enjoying Dinner at Kouri's in Pekin are left to right: Frank Tidaback, Laura Campbell, June Lawson, Christal Dagit, Ginsey Campbell, and Barbara Tidaback


Story and Photos by Museum Staff


The Tazewell County Museum celebrated its 11th Anniversary July 16, by holding a fundraiser at Kouri's in Pekin. Kouri's gave 10% of all proceeds to the Museum between 5-9 p.m. A special thank you to Jim Kouri.

                                                                                VACATION

The Museum will be closed for vacation from August 10-18

        Also attending Dinner at Kouri's in Pekin were left to right: Jim and Carol Stallwitz, Alex Stallwitz, and Marilyn Stallwitz

 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

MUSEUM CELEBRATING OUR 11TH ANNIVERSARY JULY 16


Come join us July 16, 2014 at Kouri's Pub in Pekin when your Tazewell County Museum celebrates 11 years of bringing educational integrity to Tazewell County. This is our Anniversary fundraiser for the Museum. The celebration will last from 5 to 9 p.m. We always have a good time with excellent food. a big thank you to member Jim Kouri for being a great host for this special event!

See you there!

Monday, June 23, 2014

MACKINAW AREA HISTORICAL SOCIETY AND TAZEWELL COUNTY MUSEUM TEAM UP TO SHOW GOOD OLE DAYS ITEMS AT MACK-CA-FEST

             Karan Parmele President of the Mackinaw Area Historical Society shows Good Ole Days Items Saturday at Mack-Ca-Fest in Mackinaw


Story and Photo by (TCM Staff)


It was a very warm day Saturday at the Mackinaw Farm Days Celebration but that didn't keep folks from coming out and enjoying themselves and looking over what vendors had to offer in the Park. One of those booths was representing the Mackinaw Area Historical Society and the Tazewell County Museum. That booth was displaying over 20 items of Good Ole Days Items. After the Parade the items were going to be explained  in detail of their uses by spokesman Bruce Walcott.

Some of the items included were: Popcorn popper, Ice Tongs, Rug Beater, Milk Bottles, Lunch Box, Butter Churn, Scrub Board, Iron, Corn Seeder, Potato Planter, Corn Dryer, Flour Sifter, Cabbage Shredder, Old Saws, Kerosene Lamp, Rolling Pin,  and a spittoon.

The Mackinaw Area Historical Society was founded after Mackinaw's Sesquicentennial ( 150th ) in 1977. Karan's father Russ Coil was active in the founding of the Society, including being President, and he helped preserve the old Train Depot.

                                                                   Old Mackinaw Train Depot

Karan tells me that her father instilled in her the need and desire of preserving old items and places.

                                                                    OTHER MUSEUM NEWS

Coming shortly to this site will be details on The Museum's fundraiser at Kouri's in Pekin next month.



 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

KRISPY KREME DONUT TIME ONCE AGAIN, SUPPORT YOUR MUSEUM!



SUPPORT THE TAZEWELL COUNTY MUSEUM
 
KRISPY KREME donut time once again. We are taking orders for Krispy Kreme donuts. Last day to order donuts is Wednesday, June 25th. Cost is $8.00 a dozen. Pick up will be on July 2nd, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Tazewell County Museum, 2950 Court St.,Pekin, IL. Please call 642-1128 or 347-8375

Monday, June 9, 2014

TAZEWELL COUNTY MUSEUM SIGNS 3 YEAR LEASE WITH TAZEWELL COUNTY TO LEASE PART OF THE ARCADE BUILDING

Story and Photo by (Museum Staff)


The Tazewell County Museum has signed a 3 year lease with Tazewell County to lease part of the Arcade building across from the Courthouse.

The Arcade building will house ONLY the special collections department from the Museum. The Museum proper, or main part will still be located at Sunset Hills Shopping Center.

                   The Arcade building located downtown on Capital Street across from Courthouse

For years now the Museum has had a limited space to work with due to its location. This will free up some badly needed space. The Museum houses items from all over Tazewell County including the Astronaut Scott Altman room, NASA items, numerous items from the Senator Everett Dirksen Collection, The Military Room, as well as many other interesting items of importance.

                                                                    OTHER MUSEUM NEWS

In conjunction with the Mack-Ca-Fest Farm Days Celebration in Mackinaw on Saturday June 2, following the Parade at 1 p.m., the Mackinaw Area Historical Society and the Tazewell County Museum will be showing and describing days gone past farm items. Their calling it Good Ole Days Items. Spokesman Bruce Walcott will be describing the items, which will be located at Uptown Park in Mackinaw. These are rarely seen items from days past.

       This photo sent to me by Karen Parmele who is the President of the Mackinaw Area Historical Society is called a "Harrow", which Karen tells me was used to do farm work. It is over 100 years old, and was donated by Gus Miller.



 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

TAZEWELL COUNTY MUSEUM PLAYS HOST TO LE STARKE STUDENTS AND OTHER MUSEUM NEWS

Left: Students drawing's that reflect their interpretation of space.


Story and Photos by Museum Staff


On May 7, 2014 2nd, and 3rd grade students toured the Tazewell County Museum and brought with them drawings made from them of their interpretation of space.

The 2nd and 3rd grade students from LE Starke School in Pekin toured the many exhibits at the Museum such as the Everett Dirksen collection, the Astronaut Scott Altman Room, the Military Room, and many other exhibits from around Tazewell County.


Right: Drawings from students from LE Starke School in Pekin adorn the foyer of the Museum. The students made drawings of they believe space may look like.

About 60 students toured the Museum, along with many other Pekin landmarks including the Dirksen grave stone in Glendale cemetery, and where he and his wife Luella lived on Buena Vista in Pekin.






                                                                          OTHER NEWS FROM THE MUSEUM

The Tazewell County Museum was just designated a Blue Star Museum by the American Alliance of Museum's once again. The Museum has also just received 3 new books from NASA.

Left: One of 3 books from NASA sent to the Museum. Breaking the Mishap Chain.

Also the Museum has received additional clothing from Everett and Luella Dirksen which was donated by Amy Werner.


Right: A overcoat worn by the late Senator Everett Dirksen.

The Museum has many pieces of clothing from the Dirksen's, dresses worn by Luella Dirksen were also donated.


Left: A formal gown worn by Luella Dirksen, which could have been worn to formal get togethers in Washington D.C.




Right: Another dress from the Luella Dirksen collection at the Museum and recently donated.




Thanks to all of you who take the time to donate items and visit and support the Museum. After all if you don't know where you've been, how do you know where your going.









 

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

SCOTT ALTMAN ON HAND AT BUST UNVEILING AT ALTMAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

            Former Commander and Astronaut Scott Altman stands near the bronze bust at Scott Altman Elementary School Friday afternoon. Altman was in town to unveil the bust at the school


Story by (TCM)
Photos by Ed Emmons


Former Commander and Astronaut Scott Altman came back to Pekin Friday afternoon to help unveil the bronze bust of him at the school named in honor of him, the Scott Altman Elementary School. The school was formerly known as the Sunset Hills School.

The bust had been moved in March from the Tazewell County Museum to the school on a 3 year loan program, so students could get a first hand view of who the school is named after.

Altman spoke to the approximately 200 students and staff Friday afternoon in the gymnasium. He spoke around 15 minutes and then took questions from the K-3 students. Afterwards, students filed by the bust of Altman in the foyer of the school to greet him and get photos taken with him. Also on hand for the unveiling were the sculptor of the bust Morgan Elser, Museum Director Christal Dagit, District 108 officials, Tazewell County Board Member John Ackerman, Altman's parents and wife, and others who had a hand in making the bust a reality.

                                                  Students welcome Altman to their school

Left: Scott Altman talks with students in the gymnasium Friday afternoon. Here the students are asking questions.


Right: Museum Director Christal Dagit speaks to students about how the bust came to be, including the fund raising behind the scenes. She introduced sculptor Morgan Elser, and Alice Cakora who did the fundraising for the bust.


Right: Scott Altman greets students near the bronze bust after the program Friday afternoon.


Left: Altman speaks to students

The bronze bust of Altman has been at the Tazewell County Museum since being finished.

                                                             Altman poses with District 108 officials

                                                                Altman poses with Sculptor Morgan Elser

                                   Altman poses with Scott Altman Elementary Principal Josh Norman

                                                            Altman poses with his family