Monday, May 9, 2016


Left: Students from Starke School in Pekin listen to Barbara Tidaback a volunteer and Board Member at the Tazewell County Museum as she talks about Astronaut Scott Altman and the Space Shuttles nose cone inside the NASA and Scott Altman Room at the Museum.

65 2nd grade students from Starke School in Pekin visited the Museum on Thursday as part of the Dirksen Experience.

Each year the students from Starke School visit places in Pekin in what I like to call the Everett Dirksen Experience. They visit his grave site, his past home, and the Museum just to name a few. This year the Museum played host to 65 2nd graders from Starke accompanied by teachers, and volunteers.

Right: Students look at a Woolly Mammoths Tusk(replica) at the Museum tour on Thursday.

This year we had students from Mrs. Oesch's 2nd grade class. Mrs. Lystila's 2nd grade class, and Mrs. Mattson's 2nd grade class.

This year the students also visited State Representative Mike Unes's office, two doors down from the Museum.

Left: Students pause to listen to Museum President Christal Dagit tell them about Everett Dirksen's smoking jacket on display at the Museum.

Top: Students listen as Museum volunteer and Board Member Barbara Tidaback tells them about the Military Uniforms on display at the Museum.

Right: Students look at a newspaper inside the glass case about the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln.

The Museum is open on Monday and Wednesday from 10 am - 2 pm.

If you are interested in wanting a tour of the Museum ( for an individual) just walk in on those days and hours, and for groups please call Christal Dagit at 309-840-0177. Admission is free.