Monroe County Museum Events 2022

 

History Museum of Monroe County

Opens April 2, 2022 & Closes December 10, 2022

Program Schedule for April 9, 2022 – December 10, 2022

Open Saturdays & Sundays 1:00-4:00 P.M.

724 Elaine Dr. P.O.  Box 28, Waterloo, IL 62298

Tours available anytime by calling 618-514-1628 or 618 570-9734!

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April 9, 2022 Saturday, 1:30 P.M.  - “The Smell of Money – The National City Stockyards at East St. Louis” by Thom Petraitis who will detail how the nuisance of the stockyards disguised a money machine and economic powerhouse that helped to industrialize Southern Illinois while it fed the world.  Part of a national network, the stockyards funded the railroads and led to the breakthroughs in business practices, labor relations, animal rights, environmental recycling and even the way we eat. His program will be at the History Museum of Monroe County in the Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL. 

 

April 23, 2022 Saturday, 1:30 P.M – “Honor Flights for Our Veterans” by Kate Broadhurst who will be sharing her experiences of traveling with our Veterans on Honor Flights!  As the Honor Flight Coordinator for VFW Dist. 12 in IL, Broadhurst will be discussing eligibility requirements for all veterans interested in experiencing this opportunity of a lifetime! She will provide direction to get YOUR name on the Honor Flight list! Join us for this program in the Allscheid-Metzger Gallery at the History Museum of Monroe County located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL. 

 

May 7, 2022 Saturday, 1:30 P.M. – “French Colonial Life in 18th Century America by Dixie Pittenger and French Marine reenactors.  The Fort de Charters French Marines will present a program on traditions and life during the 18th century.  Both civilian and military life will be covered.  Clothing, food and recreation will be discussed by an interesting and enjoyable group of reenactors in period dress. The presentation will be held at the History Museum of Monroe County in the Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL. 

 

May 21, 2022 Saturday, 1:30 P.M. - “Hummingbirds as Pollinators” by Stacia Novy. Observers of the natural world are often captivated by the iridescent feathers, dynamic flight and tameness of hummingbirds; but few are aware of their important role as plant pollinators.  In this program, we will explore the different species of North American hummingbirds, their foraging habits and pollination of plants.  The characteristics of preferred host flowers will be discussed with tips on landscaping and bird-feeding to attract hummingbirds in residential gardens.  Join us for this program at the History Museum of Monroe County in the Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive in Waterloo, IL. 

June 4, 2022 Saturday, 1:30 P.M. – “The Marvels Under Our Feet!  A Look at Fogelpole Cave & the Subterranean Nature Preserve” by Father Paul Wightman. A trip through Fogelpole's Cave, the longest cave in Illinois! My presentation is an account of my addiction to caves that began as a teenager and lasted a life time.  My interest led me to map about 10 miles of the cave, taking many photos along the way as I tried to search out the history of the cave.  So come with me through the enormous corridors and over the numerous water falls of this little known cave! A Clifftop representative will provide a brief update on future plans for the Subterranean Nature Preserve. This presentation will be held in the Allscheid-Metzger Gallery in the History Museum of Monroe County at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL. 

June 18, 2022 Saturday, 1:30 P.M. – “The History of Scott Air Force Base (1917 – Present)” by Mark Wilderman. Scott AFB is the fourth oldest continually-operating Air Force Base in the United States.  The history of Scott AFB is divided into several phases: WWI Flying and Aircraft Mechanic Training Base (1917-1919), The Lighter-than-Air (LTA) Era (1921-1937), WWII and Korean War Radio School (1940-1957), and the Aeromedical Evacuation Hub (1950s to Present). The History Museum of Monroe County is hosting this program in the Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive in Waterloo, IL. 

July 9, 2022 Saturday 1:30 P.M.  - “Natural History of Illinois Caverns and Other Significant Caves of Southwestern Illinois” by Bob Weck.  More than 300 caves are reported from southwestern Illinois, with 75% of the caves occurring in Monroe County.  This presentation will examine the biology, geology and the history of important caves in our area including Illinois Caverns, Fogelpole Cave and Stemler Cave. The presentation will be held at the History Museum of Monroe County in the Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL. 

July 23, 2022 Saturday 1:30 P.M.  “Mother Jones and the Coal Miners Labor Movement” by Loretta Williams. The fiery Irish immigrant, Mother Jones, is portrayed by Loretta Williams.  This historical re-enactment brings to life the struggles experienced by laborers and their families that helped shape the political and cultural dynamics of the Midwest. Our program is scheduled for the Allscheid-Metzger Gallery in the History Museum of Monroe County located at 724 Elaine Drive in Waterloo, IL. 

August 13, 2022 Saturday 1:30 P.M.   “Pandemic” by Nancy Quernheim who will be discussing her book “Waterloo 2020, A Year in Our Town”. This photo book documents each day in Waterloo beginning January 1, 2020, until the end of that year. What began as a 365-day photo project slowly became a documentation of the pandemic and what life was like in Waterloo that initial year.  Quernheim’s presentation will be held in the Allscheid-Metzger Gallery in the History Museum of Monroe County at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL.

August 27, 2022 Saturday 1:30 P.M. “My Visit to South Georgia and Antarctica" by Susan Rick.  Highlights of Rick's Antarctica presentation will include photos of the magnificent wildlife and stark, but beautiful environment from the other side of the globe as well as an overview of the Whaling Industry in the Southern Ocean. She will also review Sir Earnest Shackleton’s 1914 South Pole Expedition. Our program is scheduled for the Allscheid-Metzger Gallery in the History Museum of Monroe County at 724 Elaine Drive in Waterloo, IL. 

September 9, 2022, Friday Night, 6:30 – 8:30 P.M. “Tim Berg & the Kurtz Boys” will be providing the entertainment for our annual Explore Waterloo “Night at the Museum”! Please join us for an enjoyable evening of music, dancing, visiting with friends, touring our galleries and refreshments in the History Museum of Monroe County’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL. 

September 24, 2022 Saturday 1:30 P.M. - “Early Shipwrecks in Southern Illinois” by Mark Wagner. Flatboats used for travel and hauling were the main boat type on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers from the 1770s to the late 1800s. None survived until 2000 when a flatboat was discovered eroding out of the Ohio River bank in southern Illinois. Wagner will discuss the discovery and mapping of this boat and why it wrecked. He also will discuss the history of river travel and the dangers faced by early river travelers. The presentation will be held at the History Museum of Monroe County in the Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL. 

October 1, 2022 Saturday 1:30 P.M. - “New Design and Its Forgotten Cemetery” by Scott Woodsmall who will discuss New Design, the first truly American settlement in Illinois. He will briefly cover the history of New Design from its inception to its eventual decline in the 1800s. Scott will also give a virtual tour of the New Design Baptist Cemetery, which is in a remote part of the county and almost inaccessible. Join us in the History Museum of Monroe County’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL. 

October 15, 2022 Saturday 1:30 P.M. - “Waterloo’s 125th Anniversary Quilts” by Sue Oerter.  Join Sue Oerter for a historical journey through the quilt blocks chosen for Waterloo’s 125th Anniversary Quilts. Sue’s power-point presentation will demonstrate how women expressed themselves with needles and thread to give us a glimpse of their lives in history. Local women from Friends in Stitches Quilt Guild did the same thing in 2013 when they gathered to tell our history through these quilts. Oerter’s program is scheduled for the Allscheid-Metzger Gallery in the History Museum of Monroe County located at 724 Elaine Drive in Waterloo, IL.

November 5, 2022 Saturday 1:30 P.M. - . “Colonel William R Morrison and the 49th Illinois Volunteer Infantry" by Gary Boo, who, in uniform, will be sharing Colonel Morrison’s history from the Morrison Talbott House at the corner of Library and Park Street in Waterloo to the 49th Illinois Volunteer Infantry's service in the Civil War. Specifics regarding the common soldier's uniform, his weapon, the battles fought and the regiment casualties sustained will be discussed.  A confederate uniform will be on display. You may wish to check the roster to see if your ancestor from Monroe County served in the 49th. Boo’s presentation will be held in the Allscheid-Metzger Gallery in the History Museum of Monroe County at 724 Elaine Dr. in Waterloo, IL. 

November 19, 2022 Saturday 1:30 P.M. - “Surviving the Holocaust – One Family’s Story” by Linda Koenig who will share with us the story of her late husband, Jerry’s family’s almost unbelievable experiences in their attempt to survive the Nazis and their collaborators in WWII.  Her presentation will include film clips of Jerry explaining, in his own words, some of the horrors he experienced as a youngster in Poland. Her program is scheduled for the Allscheid-Metzger Gallery in the History Museum of Monroe County located at 724 Elaine Drive in Waterloo, IL. 

 

 

December 10, 2022, Saturday - 1:30 P.M.  “Music of the Mississippi Valley” played and sung by Shane Wagner.  The Mississippi River has always played a major role in the culture and history of the United States.  This presentation will include historical background information and piano/guitar/vocal performances of unique American music inspired by (and often composed near) the Mississippi River.  Join us for the program in the History Museum of Monroe County’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL. 

 

The History Museum of Monroe County closes today at 4:00 P.M. for the season! The History Museum re-opens April 1, 2023 on Saturdays & Sundays from 1:00 – 4:00 P.M.! Tours available! Call 618-514-1628 or 618-570-9734.  Visit us at (www.monroecountyhistorymuseum.org) Like us on Facebook.

 

 

                         

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