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Monroe County History Museum

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724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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April 2018

‘Kaskaskia-Illinois’ First State Capitol’ by Darrell Duensing

April 8, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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April 8, 2018, Kaskaskia – “Illinois’ First State Capitol” by Darrell Duensing, 1:30 pm, Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL. Our presenter assumes the identity of “A Resident living in Kaskaskia around 1817” in period dress to share with us historical information, events and experiences as Kaskaskia is slated to become the first capitol of Illinois.

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‘The Mounds-America’s First Cities’ by Ed Weilbacher

April 21, 2018 @ 1:30 pm
Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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April 21, 2018, “The Mounds - America’s First Cities” by Ed Weilbacher, 1:30 pm, Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL. The first civilization to establish a city, as we know it today were the Mississippians – North America’s greatest ancient culture was established at Cahokia Mounds. Several other smaller cities or villages were part of this great civilization. Information will show the occupation of Pulcher Mound Group, the second most significant site, next to Cahokia Mounds. This…

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May 2018

Swamper Tales | Monroe County History Museum

May 26, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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"Swamper Tales” by Roger Peach will be presented at 1:30 May 28, at the Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Dr., Waterloo. Life on the southern Illinois county fair circuit was hot and dirty, but seldom dull as you will see when Peach shares recollections from his new book. Gigantic bulls, larger than life characters and dramas, both big and small, will reach back more than 50 years to the volatile 1960s, when cattle and their caretakers traversed southern Illinois…

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June 2018

Pictorial Postcard Views of Monroe County c. 1910 | Monroe County History Museum

June 16, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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June 16, 2018, “Pictorial Postcard Views of Monroe County circa 1910” by Randy Huetsch, 1:30 pm, Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL. The presentation will feature many never seen before early 1900's photo images from Monroe County. In the early 1900's postcards were used daily as a way to communicate among friends by writing a simple note on the backside of the card. This was in the days before the telephone was widely available in most homes.…

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July 2018

Quilts – A Bed Turning | Monroe County History Museum

July 15, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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The Monroe County History Museum will present “Quilts – A Bed Turning” by Patti Rottler at 1:30 p.m. July 15. Quilters and non-quilters alike will enjoy Rottler’s unique way of telling the story and history behind her quilt collection — stacked and displayed on an antique bed each quilt is revealed as the story is told.

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Making a Cotton Covered Sassafras Christmas Tree

July 21, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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“Christmas in July — Making a Cotton Covered Sassafras Christmas Tree” will by hosted by June Valentine and Norma Reheis at 1:30 p.m. July 21, at the Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo. Come by for directions, tips and a little “cotton” practice. Valentine and Reheis will have everything you need.

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August 2018

“A Pair of Great-Horned Owls Become Parents” | History Museum

August 26, 2018 @ 1:30 pm - 5:00 pm
Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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Paul Feldker will present the program “A Pair of Great-Horned Owls Become Parents” at 1:30 p.m. Aug. 26, at the Monroe County History Museum. He will share the story in pictures of a pair of Great-Horned owls that nested and raised a clutch of owlets to fledging in a tree snag near his home last winter and spring.

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April 2019

Antique Bottle Archeology | Monroe County History Museum

April 27 @ 1:30 pm
Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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April 27, 2019,1:30 P.M. - "Antique Bottle Archeology" by Norm Kirleis. Our presenter will be sharing how bottles are made, tips on collecting and how to date and determine the value of a bottle find. He will also be sharing histories of soda and beer companies from our area. Norm Kirleis has been collecting bottles for several years and has an exhibit at the History Museum. He will be available to answer questions on his collection after the program. Join…

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May 2019

The American Fight for Women’s Suffrage | Monroe County History Museum

May 14 @ 1:30 pm
Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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May 4,2019,1:30 P.M. - "A Desperate and Doubtful Battle": The American Fight for Women's Suffrage" by Lindsay Fickas. The women of the American Suffrage Movement were smart, persistent, and tactical! This presentation will focus on the Suffrage leaders, their beliefs, their publications, and their various methods of protest including marches and jail stays. It will also look at the arguments many used against Suffrage. Using cartoons, journals, and photographs, the presentation will demonstrate the savvy used to win women the…

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Songs4Soldiers | Monroe County History Museum

May 18 @ 1:30 pm
Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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May 18, 2019. 1:30 P.M. - "Songs for Soldiers" by Dustin Row. Join us to hear from Dustin how and why Songs4Soidiers was born and how this yearly event assists combat veterans in need! Dustin graduated from Columbia High School, served in the U. S. Army and was stationed in Iraq from 2004-2005, with the 724th Transportation Unit of Bartonville, Illinois. While serving in Iraq, his unit's mission was to escort fuel convoys between Baghdad and the Anbar province in…

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June 2019

Historic Maeystown — 1989-2019 | Monroe County History Museum

June 29 @ 1:30 pm
Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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June 29, 2019, 1:30 P.M. -"Changes Come to Historic Maeystown ... 1989-2019"by David Braswell in the Monroe County History Museum's Allscheid-Metzger Gallery. Driving around Maeystown it may seem that not much has changed over the years ... and the locals like it that way. But restoration of many of the 1800's historic buildings in the last thirty years has brought new life to the village in the form of tourism. Come see what has changed and what has not as…

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July 2019

1858 St. Louis Steamboat Disaster | Monroe County History Museum

July 20 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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July 20, 2019, 1:30 P.M. - "1858 Steamboat Disaster in St. Louis" by Jan Wenk". She will present a program on the race and subsequent disaster that involved the Ocean Spray Steamboat and the steamboat engineer, her ancestor. Jan Wenk, a genealogist with 30 years of experience, is the Monroe County Illinois Genealogical Society President. The program will be presented in the Monroe County History Museum's Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298.

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August 2019

Night at the Museums | History Museum of Monroe County

August 9 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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August 9, 2019 - "Night at the Museums - The Thunder and Lighting Cloggers of Southern IL" will make a return appearance to perform in the History Museum's Allscheid-Metzger Gallery. More information TBA

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September 2019

The Grand Army of the Republic and the American Legion’s 100th Anniversary | History Museum of Monroe County

September 8 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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September 8,2019,1:30 P.M. - "Remembering the Grand Army of the Republic and Celebrating the American Legion's 100th Anniversary" by Ron & Mary Ann Hagenow. The Grand Army of the Republic was organized by Union officers and the Jacob E Gauen Post 563 was chartered in Waterloo in 1886. Find out how Jacob Gauen came to Waterloo and his relationship to another famous Waterloo figure. Waterloo's involvement in WWI, the founding of the American Legion in 1919 and the history of…

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Friends in Stitches Two-Day Quilt Show | History Museum of Monroe County

September 28 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until September 29, 2019

Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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September 28, 2019,1:00 - 4:00 P.M. - "The Friends in Stitches Quilt Club's Two-Day Quilt Show". Members will display many unique and creative quilts for guests to enjoy! The display will be in the Monroe County History Museum's Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298. Members of the group will be present to answer questions.

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Friends in Stitches Two-Day Quilt Show | History Museum of Monroe County

September 29 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every day that begins at 1:00 pm, repeating until September 29, 2019

Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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September 28, 2019,1:00 - 4:00 P.M. - "The Friends in Stitches Quilt Club's Two-Day Quilt Show". Members will display many unique and creative quilts for guests to enjoy! The display will be in the Monroe County History Museum's Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298. Members of the group will be present to answer questions.

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November 2019

One German’s Epic Success in America | History Museum of Monroe County

November 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Monroe County History Museum, 724 Elaine Drive
Waterloo, IL 62298 United States
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November 17, 1:30 P.M. - "Darmstadt to Gold Fields": One German's Epic Success in America" by Gerald Perschbacher". In 1833 Johannes, age 10, of Hessen-Darmstadt, was filled with high hopes when he arrived with his parents in America. Months later, they settled in Illinois, near St. Louis, as pioneers in the Midwest. By age 24, Johannes was a hard-working California miner with legendary luck! He realized America truly was the land of opportunity. Trace his surprising rise in this lively…

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