Sue Scott

Western Illinois Museum

The Western Illinois Museum’s current display, Greatest Hits of Our History III: A 40th Birthday Celebration Exhibit, features a diorama of the New Salem Village that dominates the museum’s exhibition room.  It measures 23 feet by 12 feet.

Western Illinois Museum

Western Illinois Museum Curator Sue Scott said diaries and letters have a lot in common with social media.

Rich Egger

This week on Emphasis, Rich Egger’s guest is Sue Scott, curator of the Western Illinois Museum in Macomb. They talk about the museum’s current exhibit What We Wore.

“I think people love clothing. It’s something that we all have and we’re familiar with,” Scott said.

“It’s a great way to actually learn about culture and traditions.”

Scott said the exhibit is based on the items from the museum’s collection. The oldest item displayed is a wedding dress from 1868.

Emphasis - June 22

Jun 21, 2012
Rich Egger

Rich Egger's guest is Western Illinois Museum Curator Sue Scott. They talk about the museum's new exhibit Legacy of Learning: A History of Our Schools.

An opening reception will be held Saturday, June 23, 2012, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at the museum. Scott promises there will not be a test! The exhibit remains on display until September 22, 2012.

The exhibit follows a timeline. Scott said that will help visitors follow some of the nuances of information such as changes in ordinances and laws and the types of schools.

Rich Egger

The Western Illinois Museum is making sure its own history is remembered.

The museum was first housed on the third floor of Sherman Hall at Western Illinois University, which is where a reception and fundraiser took place to celebrate the museum's roots.

The event included a presentation called Stories from the Past by Museum Board Member Jackie Thompson and another called The Museum Today by Museum Board Chair Lois Lueck. There was also a silent auction.

Aldermen unanimously agreed to donate $800 to the Cornfed Film Fest, which will take place April 13 - 15, 2012 in Macomb.

Film festival co-founder Sue Scott said $600 of the money will be spent on a "Welcoming Package" that will include a program that lists the movies and the community sponsors.

"We'll use a local printer. Our business partners will have special deals for ticket holders ... so we're really promoting the businesses as well as the festival," Scott said.