Western Illinois Museum

Museum App
10:45 am
Tue May 7, 2013

Instant Source for Local History

The Western Illinois Museum

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.

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Emphasis – February 22
10:43 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Museum Exhibit on “What We Wore”

Part of the exhibit
Credit 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.

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Macomb vs. Colchester
12:08 am
Thu August 2, 2012

“The Game of the Year”

The participants in the re-creation of the "Game of the Year" at Macomb High School on Saturday, July 28.
  • Jason Parrott's on-air report

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.

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New Exhibit at Western Illinois Museum
8:26 pm
Thu June 21, 2012

Emphasis - June 22

Sue Scott stands at a teacher's desk that's part of the "Legacy of Learning" exhibit
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.

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Celebrating Its Roots
4:01 pm
Sun May 20, 2012

Western Illinois Museum Revisits Original Home

Leon Clements
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.

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