Judy Jennings had been looking to move to Monroe County for some time and was shown a house from the 1900s in Merrimac. Interested in history and archaeology since childhood she researched the area, learned a lot about the history and bought the house! Her program will focus on the history of Merrimac, the house she owns and the progress and experiences during the restoration of the home to its original beauty in 1915.
Today’s program focuses on the forts and block houses of Illinois during the War of 1812, specifically Whiteside Station here in Monroe County. Kevin is a direct descendant of this pioneer family who came to this area in 1793. His Revolutionary grandfather is John Whiteside who is buried here in the Moore Cemetery part of museum’s historical surroundings. Kevin has been presenting on Illinois History for 35 years and is currently president of the Bond County Historical Society in Greenville.
Quilters and non-quilters will enjoy the unique way of telling the story and history behind a quilt collection. Stacked and displayed on an antique bed each quilt is revealed as the story is told.
Join us if you are interested in making your own “Cotton Covered Christmas Tree”. There is plenty of time to get ready for and complete a new personal project for a family Christmas memory or tradition! Join us for directions, tips, and a little “cotton” practice. We’ll have everything you need!
Learn about the dedicated service and experiences of the Waterloo Boo Brothers in the CCC and the U.S. Navy during WWII – taking dictation and working closely with President Roosevelt on USS Houston and prelude to war – fighting in the battles of the Coral Sea, Midway and Guadalcanal.
The pair of Great-Horned owls nested and raised a clutch of owlets to fledging in a tree snag near our home last winter and spring. The owl’s preparation for their babies and the care and growth of the owlets is beautifully documented through a power point presentation by serious nature photographer Feldker.
1900s to 2000s Fashions modeled by ladies from our area!” presented by Carol Harmon
Following your Tea/Luncheon, Carol Harmon will present this unique program -Showcasing Fashions of the 20th Century – 1900-2000 modeled by young ladies from Monroe County. Learn about significant events in history that influenced fashion styles in each decade. Carol Harmon is a former art teacher and is currently a docent at the Madison County Historical Museum and the Stephenson House in Edwardsville. Tickets are only $10 and include Luncheon and the Fashion Show!
Come listen to the story of the new Cord Automobile, not the 1936 model but the 1966! Wayne McKinley had a dream to recreate the stylish design and sleek look of the first front wheel drive automobile. His son, Steve, will tell you how he accomplished the rebirth of the Cord 810!
Who was the 18th President of the United States? Why we should not take him for Granted. Join us and learn some interesting facts about our neighbor from across the river and from Galena, Illinois. For example, “What was his real name?”
Receiving a gift is always exciting! Receiving the Edd and Violet Kueker gifted collection of more than 3,500 artifacts ranging in size from a military pin to a stagecoach was fantastic and an awesome legacy for Monroe County! The challenge – constructing a facility. Relive the progress and experiences of the numerous volunteers, community and county supporters as the facility grew from a “Pick up Rocks Party” to the “Grand Opening – October 25, 2008”, to our present three gallery facility – Monroe County History Museum’s 10th Anniversary Celebration!