On display at the Western Illinois Museum as the December Artifact of the Month is a framed collection of Civil War era items.  These items pertain t...

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Civil War Era Artifacts

On display at the Western Illinois Museum as the November Artifact of the Month is a Felins tying machine that was donated in 1982 to the museum by Mr...

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Felins Tying Machine

On display at the Western Illinois Museum as the October Artifacts of the Month are two pre-electric irons.  One iron used charcoal and the other use...

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Pre-electric Irons

The September Artifact of the Month is a late 19th, early 20th century hand-made foot-powered wooden jigsaw. The jigsaw originally belonged to Robert ...

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Foot-powered Jigsaw

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