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.