An Exhibition about Scouting
is currently on display
Bushnell Historical Society, “Heritage Room”
Bushnell Recreational and Cultural Center
300 Miller Street, Bushnell, IL
The exhibition is on display now
until the third week of November
The gallery is open Mon.-Fri., 8am-4pm
Admission is free
For Immediate Release
Who Collects What…
7:00 - 8:00 pm
On Thursday, November Museum presents, Who Collects What… with Terry Dillard. Examples from Terry Dillard’s collection are included in the current exhibit, New Harmonies. His interest in locally made instruments began while in high school when he started collecting fiddles and the stories of those who made them. The program promises to be not only informative about collecting but rich in local history.
Who Collects What… with Terry Dillard is the four in a series of programs for the inquisitive mind. Collecting takes focus, determination and keen vision. This series looks at the wide range of collections in the region and provides insightful presentations by those who are seasoned collectors. Whether you are a passionate collector or curious observer, these programs will provide a glimpse into the practice of collecting, how to manage and care for a collection, as well as, an opportunity to exchange ideas and swap stories.
The event is free and open to the public. Donations appreciated. Doors will open at 6:30 pm and light refreshments will be served. Come early and view the current exhibit, New Harmonies: Celebrating on view through December 4, 2010.
The Western Illinois Museum is located at 201 http://westernillinoismuseum.org. in . For more information call or visit the museum’s web site:
The Illinois Civil War Sesquicentennial website www.illinoiscivilwar150.org will be launched February 11, 2011, the official kick-off date of the Nation’s remembrance. The site will feature a
state-wide calendar of events related to the Sesquicentennial, a timeline of Illinois and the Civil War, U.S. Grant day-by-day, downloadable PDFs of Civil War related articles and educational
materials, bi-monthly features to keep the site evolving and fresh, and suggestions for further reading on topics throughout the state.
A pdf form is available via the website to use for any events you’d like to see on the state-wide events calendar. Send the form and/or an article you would like to have posted on the site, please email the information to Karen.firstname.lastname@example.org.
For Immediate Release
October 6, 2010
Western Illinois Museum announces fundraising event
Who Collects What…
A Tour of Local Collections
The Western Illinois Museum announces a fundraising event, Who Collects What… A Tour of Local Collections, highlighting the unusual collections housed in three Macomb homes.
Historic artifacts reside in both museums and homes, evidence that individuals and institutions believe in the importance of preserving our cultural heritage.
Three active supporters of the Western Illinois Museum invite the curious and inquisitive to share the wonder of their personal collections of interesting antique objects.
Art Clayton will display and describe his vast collection of unusual and ornate , exquisitely mounted and framed by him. Allen Nemec collects really old and elegant toys, bringing out the kid and nostalgia in all of us. Peggy Ma collects vintage dolls, concentrating on the beautiful Lenci felt dolls.
This event will be limited to the first 30 people who register at the Museum with a $10 per person donation for the ongoing work of the museum in its mission to collect, preserve, display, and interpret the history of the western Illinois region.
Tour participants will meet at the museum at 2:00, Sunday, October 17, and be divided into three groups which will be rotated from home to home.
This event is a part of the series Who Collects What…, which has featured other fascinating collections. for an upcoming program on Thursday, November 4 at 7:00 pm with violin collector Terry Dillard, in conjunction with the upcoming exhibition, New Harmonies: , October 23-December 4.
The Western Illinois Museum is located at email@example.com. . For more information contact the museum at ,
Lamoine Hotel Receives Historic Designation
MACOMB, IL (wium) - The city of Macomb has received a big boost from the federal
government that will help renovate the aging Lamoine Hotel.
The Illinois Historic Preservation Agency announced Wednesday the building has been added to the National Register of Historic Places, wrapping up a nearly year and a half long effort by the city to gain the designation.
Placement on the National Register affords developers the opportunity for federal tax credits on money spent to rehabilitate historic buildings such as the old hotel, which dates back to the 1920's.
City Administrator Dean Torreson says this is good news, and the city will continue to push for more help to get a renovation started.
"We're still hoping that the state of Illinois would adopt a program similar to the federal program, but it would be state tax credits available for the same work," says Torreson. "You can piggy back those two things and have a 45 percent tax credit, which would be a big draw."
Torreson acknowledges that placement on the register doesn't guarantee work on the hotel will start any sooner. In fact, he says the city hasn't talked to the most interested developer in at least a couple of months. But, Macomb leaders will likely try to contact the developer with the new information.
Ideally, the city would like to turn the upper floors of the building into apartments and/or condominiums, while leaving the ground level floor open for commercial uses.
The building currently houses the McDonough County Voice/Choice, and the higher levels are deteriorating.
Torreson says if the city waits much longer, there won't be a building to save.
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For Immediate Release
helps paint exhibit space at the
Western Illinois Museum
On September 21st and Macomb Centennial Morning to paint the main exhibition space. The walls got a fresh coat of paint donated by West Side Lumber , one of the museum’s new Business Partners. Museum welcomed the help of the
Board member, Lowell Lueck, commented, “Getting the space painted was truly a community effort and the board is grateful for everyone’s willingness to assist the museum.”
The museum will open again on October 23rd with the Smithsonian traveling exhibit, which will be on view through : Celebrating Roots MusicDecember 4th.
Pictured in the image above, from left to right: , Sharon Larson, Rick Crossett, Patricia Friday and Jim DiTulio
Courses of interest offered by the LIFE (Learning is Forever) program at WIU
To register go to: http://www.wiu.edu/LIFE/
McDonough County Cemeteries
For over four years, the McDonough County Historical Society (MCHS) has attempted to locate and bring due recognition to the more than 100 cemeteries in McDonough County. While some of the county’s cemeteries are still in use and well-maintained, a large number are sadly neglected. In many instances, the installation of a new MCHS sign has provided motivation for volunteers to clean up an abandoned cemetery and restore it to dignity, order, and respect. In the process, often fascinating stories emerge about those laid to rest in a particular site, their families, jobs, migrations, and other important life events. Each Saturday morning, participants in this class will visit three or four rural cemeteries located in one of the quadrants of the county. Each class will begin with an orientation (conducted in the lobby of the Radio Information Services Building, formerly the Hy-Vee market), after which they will car pool and caravan to the various cemeteries.
Coordinator: Gil Belles
Class sessions: Saturdays, September 11 & 18; October 2 & 9
Time: 9:30 am--approximately noon
Place: Radio Information Services lobby on W. University Drive and N. Lafayette Street
Parking: At the site Cost: $10.00
Scrapbooking Your Family History
A great way to preserve your family history and the interesting stories accumulated through the years is to put them into a scrapbook that is sure to become a family treasure, passed down (and added to) from generation to generation. This course will include lists of local genealogical resources and useful Internet sites that will enable participants to gather information about their ancestors. The class will explore the process of designing scrapbook pages and will study examples created by a local artist. The class will also make a trip to the Scrapbook Nook in Colchester to purchase the necessary supplies.
Coordinators: Betty Kaspar and Patricia Hobbs
Class sessions: Thursdays, October 14, 21 & 28
Time: 3:30-5:00 pm
Place: Spoon River College Community Outreach Center
Parking: At the site Cost: $10.00
A Trip Back to the One-Room School: Seeing Is Remembering
No history of rural education is complete without the inclusion of the one-room school. By means of a visit to a museum dedicated to the topic, this class will address this important aspect of McDonough County’s past. Participants will receive an orientation about one-room schools in our area and then carpool to Ipava where Mr. and Mrs. Marian Cornelius have developed a restored one-room school that is part of a larger museum project that also includes Camp Ellis material as well as the remains of a log cabin. Following the tour of the museum, the class will drive on to the historic community of Bernadotte for lunch in a café overlooking the Spoon River. The return trip to Macomb should occur by mid-afternoon. Maximum enrollment: 30.
Coordinator: Louis Battin
Class session: Thursday, September 23
Time: 8:45 am-midafternoon
Place: Wesley United Methodist Church, 1212 W. Calhoun Street
Parking: At the site, lower level lot Cost: $5.00
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
FROM OFFICE OF BUILDING & ZONING
Contact: Ed Basch, Community Development Coordinator
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Public Meeting on
Downtown Macomb Historic Preservation Project
The Macomb Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) will be sponsoring a public informational meeting.
WHEN? on Tuesday September 14, 2010.
The event will begin at 5:15 PM
WHERE? at the Western Illinois Regional Arts Center
building located at # 25 East Side Square
in downtown Macomb.
All Macomb citizens are welcome to attend but the presentation will be targeted specifically towards owners and renters of properties within the City’s Downtown Historic District.
The purpose of the meeting will be to provide an opportunity for Granacki Historic Consultants to explain the recently begun downtown intensive survey project including what it is, how it may affect downtown businesses and what its ultimate outcome will be. Granacki Historic Consultants has been contracted with by the City of Macomb to supervise and direct the building by building historic survey and ultimately prepare a detailed written report.
The Historic Preservation Commission is also searching for volunteers to help with the survey as a certain number of local volunteer hours are required as match for the State grant awarded to Macomb for this project. The ideal volunteer would be available during day time hours to do historic research at the archives of Western Illinois University, the Macomb Historical Society, City Hall, etc.
Accordingly, a training meeting for anyone interested in volunteering has been scheduled for 8:00 AM-9:00AM on Wednesday September 15, 2010 at the Community Room in Macomb City Hall.