Author: Sue Scott

On display at the Western Illinois Museum as the July Artifact of the Month is a bird egg collection.  The eggs on view were donated to the museum in...

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Egg Collection

Blood Orange, Licorice, Vanilla Cream, Pineapple, Forbidden Fruit, Pepsin and Lemonade? Do those flavors sound good?  In the 1890s and 1900s, those w...

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Zeno Gum Machine

The May Artifact of the Month is a large illustrated poster entitled:Hardacre’s Temperance Map Illustrating the Effect of Alcoholic Drinks and Narco...

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Temperance Map

The Artifact of the Month is a large green, wooden basket that resemble an ordinary picnic basket. But it is not a picnic basket, and it is not an ord...

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A Very Special Baby Basket

On display at the Western Illinois Museum as the March Artifact of the Month is a wooden water pump.  Today we take for granted easy access to clean,...

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Wooden Water Pump

On display at the Western Illinois Museum as the January Artifact of the Month is a collection of barbed wire donated in 1980 by Dr. C. Orville Elliot...

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Barbed Wire Collection

Apple Butter Making: A Tradition Preserved For November the Western Illinois Museum’s “Artifact of the Month” is an apple butter kettle and wood...

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Apple Butter

Wooden wall telephone made by the Stromberg-Carlson Company, 1910 This wooden wall telephone was manufactured in 1910 by Stromberg-Carlson Company of ...

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Stromberg-Carlson Telephone