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September 2016

Music and Dance of WWII

September 23, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Western Illinois Museum,
201 South Lafayette Street
Macomb, IL 61455 United States
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The Western Illinois Museum will kick off the Annual Al Sears Jazz Festival with a program on Friday, September 23 at 4:30 pm designed to enhance the festival performances. The hour-long program explores the relationship between trends in the style and performance of jazz music of the WWII era which fostered a cultural shift in how people listened and danced in a nation at war. The program will start with a brief performance of the era’s most memorable songs by…

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October 2016

Haunted Museum Tours

October 15, 2016 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Western Illinois Museum,
201 South Lafayette Street
Macomb, IL 61455 United States
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The Western Illinois Museum is planning some scary fun. This year’s action-packed, local history filled Haunted Museum Tour is based on the 1985 movie, Back to the Future. Go along with “Marty McComb” and Doc Brown as they try to keep our city safe and ensure artifacts are preserved for the future. No worries, we’ll be back in time for Halloween. Haunted Museum tours will be held at the Western Illinois Museum on Saturday, October 15th from 10:00 am to…

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Hallo~Wine

October 22, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Western Illinois Museum,
201 South Lafayette Street
Macomb, IL 61455 United States
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Hallo~Wine A spirited Halloween party The Western Illinois Museum is planning some scary fun! The Hallo~Wine party promises an evening of music, historical ghosts, and wine, and will be held on Saturday, October 22nd with doors opening at 6:30 pm.  This year’s celebration is an action-packed, local history filled story based on the 1985 movie, Back to the Future. Go along with “Marty McComb” and Doc Brown as they try to keep our city safe and ensure artifacts are preserved…

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November 2016

Veterans Oral History Project

November 11, 2016 @ 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Western Illinois Museum,
201 South Lafayette Street
Macomb, IL 61455 United States
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Five local organizations are coming together with the shared interest in giving voice to the legacy of men and women from West Central Illinois who have served in the armed forces. At the heart of the project is the common interest of providing veterans an opportunity to share their experiences as a way to build community, as well as for others to gain insights.  Often individual stories are not a part of current conversation or the historical narrative that surrounds…

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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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