Tuesday, October 28, 2014


      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


                       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


        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.