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November 2016

The Mandolin in Illinois at the turn of the 20th Century

November 12, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Western Illinois Museum,
201 South Lafayette Street
Macomb, IL 61455 United States
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The Western Illinois Museum is pleased to present a program by The Orpheus Mandolin Orchestra from Bloomington, Illinois, on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at 1:00 pm. The program entitled, The Mandolin in Illinois at the turn of the 20th Century, brings together the group’s knowledge of music, the history of the instrument and their talent in playing the mandolin. The hour-long program explores the rise of the popularity of “mandolin orchestras” at the turn of the century and the musical pieces written…

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December 2016

My Farm Roots: Corn Edition

December 9, 2016 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Western Illinois Museum,
201 South Lafayette Street
Macomb, IL 61455 United States
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Tri States Public Radio and the Western Illinois Museum are pleased to host a program of storytelling about life on the farm from farmers and other folks connected to the land.  This year’s program will take its lead from the museum’s current exhibit, Raising Corn: The Story of a Crop, and will be held on December 9, 2016, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Western Illinois Museum.  There will be light refreshments and music performed by the Lane Family…

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January 2017

Celebrate LOCAL

January 6 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Western Illinois Museum,
201 South Lafayette Street
Macomb, IL 61455 United States
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The Western Illinois Museum and the Macomb Food Co-op celebrate all things local.  On Friday, January 6 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm, the museum will open its doors for an evening of good food and drink, lively music, and compelling history. The event is open to the public and there is a suggested $5 donation at the door.   Celebrate Local will feature five musical acts, each playing for 30 minutes.  While these accomplished musicians live in our region, their…

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Community Sing-a-long

January 31 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Western Illinois Museum,
201 South Lafayette Street
Macomb, IL 61455 United States
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In celebration of World Ukulele Day, the Western Illinois Museum and Ukulele Macomb are pleased to hold the annual Community Sing-a-long on Tuesday, January 31 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  The event will be held at the Western Illinois Museum, located one block south of Macomb’s Courthouse Square.  The event is free and open to the public. Ukulele Macomb has celebrated World Ukulele Day with a community sing-a-long for the last five years. This family friendly event will include an…

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February 2017

My Dear Patty

February 9 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Western Illinois Museum,
201 South Lafayette Street
Macomb, IL 61455 United States
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This year’s annual meeting will be held at a new time!  We decided to start a new year of programing just for our members.  Experience the insights of a local Civil War Lt. Colonel recorded in over 200 letters to his wife Patty.  Letters selected by Jeff Kellogg will be read by interpreters at the meeting. These thoughtful first-hand accounts record Van Vleck’s movements, thoughts, and emotions about the war.  As a reluctant leader of the men from McDonough County…

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March 2017

be HEAR / make HISTORY

March 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Western Illinois Museum,
201 South Lafayette Street
Macomb, IL 61455 United States
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be HEAR / make HISTORY The Western Illinois Museum will hold an Illinois Speaks program to document the community’s diverse responses to the local impact of Illinois’ recent economic struggles. The Illinois Speaks series, an initiative created and funded by the Illinois Humanities Council, is designed to foster conversations within and across communities about important issues impacting our lives. The program will be held on Friday, March 3, 2017, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the Western Illinois Museum.  Tim…

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April 2017

New Perspectives on Old Fort Madison

April 1 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Western Illinois Museum,
201 South Lafayette Street
Macomb, IL 61455 United States
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As part of General Alexander Macomb’s 134th birthday celebration the Western Illinois Museum is pleased to host Dr. Eugene Watkins, Site Supervisor of Old Fort Madison.  On Saturday, April 1, 2017, at 11:00 am Dr. Watkins will present his new research about the trade activity at the historical site. Comments by Macomb’s Mayor, Mike Inman, and Dr. Elizabeth Kaspar, of the General Macomb Chapter of the D.A.R. will also be part of the program.  This event is free and open…

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General Macomb’s Birthday Party

April 1 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Western Illinois Museum,
201 South Lafayette Street
Macomb, IL 61455 United States
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The City of Macomb, the Macomb Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Western Illinois Museum are planning a birthday party!  This year General Alexander Macomb, the city’s namesake, will be 235 years old and on Saturday, April 1st a celebration will be held in his honor. The party will be held at the Western Illinois Museum from 1:00 to 2:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. This year’s celebration includes the opportunity…

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Liquid History: A Pub Crawl

April 15 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Western Illinois Museum,
201 South Lafayette Street
Macomb, IL 61455 United States
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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…

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May 2017

Ain’t Got a Dollar

May 5 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Western Illinois Museum,
201 South Lafayette Street
Macomb, IL 61455 United States
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Ain’t Got a Dollar: Illinois Workers and Protest Songs, 1865 – 1965 With Bucky Halker Doors open at 4:30; program at 5:00 pm The Western Illinois Museum is pleased to welcome musician, author, and cultural historian Bucky Halker for Ain’t Got a Dollar: Illinois Workers and Protest Songs, 1865 – 1965. The performance and discussion illustrates a century of songs from Illinois workers, and will be held on Friday, May 5, 2017, at the Western Illinois Museum. The doors open…

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