The Western Illinois Museum will hold its, Liquid History: A Pub Crawl, on Saturday, April 15, 2017, from 4:30 to 6:30. This year’s guided walking tour will visit three historic buildings on Macomb’s Courthouse Square and explore the region’s history in 1930. Guests encounter re-enactors who grapple with the changes brought by the economic challenges created by the 1929 stock market crash, unleashing a new protectionist movement. They express concerns over the conflicts between the area’s bootleggers and Macomb’s Temperance Society. Guests will also learn about the history of the buildings. The tour includes an opportunity to enjoy the hospitality and purchase refreshments at each location.
Tour stops include buildings on Macomb’s historic Courthouse Square: Chandler Hall built in 1872 as an opera house and current home of Magnolia’s Restaurant, The Café, built in 1903 by William Bell using locally made bricks, and Taylor Hall built in 1895, now home to the Wine Sellers and Sullivan Taylor Coffee House. Guests can expect to meet re-enactors depicting figures such as Elizabeth Miner, Macomb’s first female doctor; Louis Gumbart, banker and the founder of the Macomb Temperance Society; A. L. Hainline, owner of the Illinois Theater and C.V. Chandler who built the building; and the Galloway family whose bakery is the social gathering place.
Guests are asked to check in at the Western Illinois Museum located at 201 South Lafayette Street where they will organize into groups and meet their tour guide. Space is limited to three groups of 15 each to ensure space at each venue. Check-in at the museum begins at 3:30 pm. The tickets are $10 and participants must be 21 years or older. Venues reserve the right to request proof of age. Food and drink are not included in ticket price.
The Western Illinois Museum is located at 201 South Lafayette Street, one block south of Macomb’s historic Courthouse Square. For more information contact the Western Illinois Museum at 309.837.2750 or firstname.lastname@example.org.