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Rich Egger

Visitors will notice a new feature at the Western Illinois Museum. An elevated stage has been installed to look like the front porch of a home. Museum Director Sue Scott said it’s a nod to small town life.

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The Western Illinois Museum staged a historic documentary theater production about Josie Westfall.  She was the founder and matron of the McDonough County Orphanage.

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John Moon of Macomb said he signed up for the military after hearing news about the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

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Musician Kimo Hussey will hold a concert and two workshops as part of the second annual Ukulele Festival in Macomb, Saturday, June 6.  It’s being hosted by Ukulele Macomb and the Western Illinois Museum.

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Mary Todd Lincoln did a lot of good work that went unnoticed in her lifetime, according to Laura Keyes, who portrays the former First Lady during programs, including one that will be given in Macomb.

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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 Has New Book by WIU Students

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Two students from Western Illinois University worked together to create "The Troubling Tales of Old Macomb."

Museum Fundraises With Ice Cream Tasting Festival

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The Western Illinois Museum is kicking off the summer with a sweet treat.

The new book Unmentionables is set in the fictional town of Emporia, though the town might feel familiar to those from Macomb.

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

Rich Egger

Artifacts uncovered just west of Macomb give a glimpse into life in the region during three distinct time periods.

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An Illinois-based project to shine a light on folk artists is making its statewide premiere in Macomb.

The Western Illinois Museum hopes to put local history in the palm of your hand through a mobile app.

“It just has the real potential to highlight Macomb’s unique history in a way that’s accessible to the population,” said John Ceglarek, Western Illinois University graduate assistant and Peace Corp fellow who has worked at the museum for the past year.

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.

Baseball teams from Macomb and Colchester were scheduled to play a five-game series in mid-1921.

The series was tied 2-2 after four games with the deciding 5th game scheduled for September 11.

The game was played at the Macomb fairgrounds in front of more than 1,600 people.

The contest was about to begin when a car pulled up and three of the infamous Chicago Black Sox (Shoeless Joe Jackson, Ed Cicotte and Swede Risberg) got out and joined the Colchester team.

Emphasis - June 22

Jun 21, 2012
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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.

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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.

(This story was written by reporter Geoff Norfleet)

This year marks the beginning of the War of 1812, and Western Illinois Museum curator Sue Scott says although there were no major battles in what was then known as the Illinois Territory, the area does have its connections to the War.

For example, Western Illinois was known as the Military Tract. Millions of acres of land had been set aside to be given to the veterans of the War of 1812.  Each vet was eligible to receive 160 acres.

Emphasis - April 6

Apr 6, 2012

Rich Egger's guests are Sue Scott and Nancy Crossman, who are co-founders of the Cornfed Film Fest in Macomb.

The inaugural festival will take place April 13 - 15, 2012. The Western Illinois Museum, 201 S Lafayette St will serve as the Welcome Center where you can find tickets and information.

The theme is A Festival of Firsts. It will feature student films, directorial debuts, and many other types of "firsts."

The Western Illinois Museum's first new exhibit of the year demonstrates how day-to-day life continued in this region during one of the nation's greatest challenges.

“Home Front: Life During the Civil War” will remain in display through May 26.

Curator Sue Scott and historian Bob Welch conducted the research for the exhibit, which is divided into four sections: agriculture of the period, home life, commemorating the war's soldiers, and the underground railroad.