Monroe County Museum Events

May 1, 2020 –History Museum of Monroe County’s Annual Spring Gala” will be held at “The Falls” at 300 Admiral Weinel Blvd. in Columbia, IL, 62236. Please join us for a delicious buffet dinner, live and silent auctions and live entertainment! Dinner at 7:00 P.M., tickets $50 per person, cash bar. Doors open at 6:00 P.M.  Donations from the Annual Spring Gala will be used for the continued growth, operation and maintenance of the History Museum. For reservations please call Janis Rau at 618-304-4573.

 

April 4, 2020, 1:00 P.M. – 4:00 P.M. History Museum opens on Saturdays and Sundays for the season!  Looking forward to seeing you!

 

April 4, 2020, 1:30 P.M. – “Camp Waterloo - The Civilian Conservation Corps in Monroe County” presented by Ron Stellhorn.  Among those hardest hit by unemployment during the Great Depression were young men ages 18-24. At the same time America’s soil and forest resources were dwindling. To deal with these crises, President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal administration created the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1933. Ronnie Stellhorn is a retired history teacher from Waterloo District 5. The program will be held in the Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298

 

 April 25, 2020, 1:30 P.M. – Meet Me in St. Louis - World’s Fair” by Karl M. Kindt III.  

 

This is an amazing slideshow presentation about the famous 1904 World’s Fair!  It includes actual movies made at the Fair in 1904, amazing zoomable photographs with great detail of the Palaces, the exhibits and includes, of course, singing together, "Meet Me in St. Louis" to the music that was actually recorded in 1904 - it is an amazing visual and audio experience of the most amazing World's Fair ever held.  Karl Kindt is a retired professor who taught for many years about this World's Fair.  He has digitized many of the registry books some of your ancestors may have signed if they attended the 1904 Fair.  (Anyone interested in displaying World’s Fair photos, memorabilia/artifacts for this program or the season may do so in one of our locked display cases.  Please call 618-514-1628 ASAP. Feel free to “dress” for 1904 Fair attendance!)  The program will be held in the Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298.   

 

 

May 3, 2020, 1:30 P.M. – “Spending Time Trapping!” by Walter Byerley.   Walter or as he is better known “Butch” spends a lot of time trapping and has had the opportunity to learn a lot about the animals of Monroe County including their habits and habitats. He will be explaining what is involved in trapping, sharing stories of his adventures, and have many items on display including tanned animal hides to see and touch.  A few mounted species will be on display.  The program will be held in the Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298.   

 

May 16, 2020, 1:30 P.M. – “Spinning and Felting Wool” by Lesley Patterson & Bobbi Bayne.    Our presenters will explain the differences in types of wool and the different breeds of sheep.  They will demonstrate spinning and explain how and why wool is perfect for making yarn. They will also demonstrate the felting of wool and bring samples of felted, knitted and woven items and many samples of fleece, roving and different wools to check out!  Join us in the Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298.

 

June 13, 2020, 1:30 P.M. - “Grow Up St. Louis” by Jim Merkel.  This is the definitive look at what it was like to be a kid in St. Louis from 1900 to the present. Jim Merkel, who previously wrote four books about St. Louis, started by interviewing more than 100 people who grew up in the area - rich and poor, black and white, known and unknown. To this, he added many dozens of pictures, first-person stories by others about the early 1900s, commentaries about how kids lived in ten different periods since 1900, along with illuminating facts about each of those periods.  Merkel’s presentation will clearly show how much the events of our childhood shaped the rest of our lives.   Join us in the Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298.   

June 27, 2020, 1:30 P.M. – “Clothing of the 18th Century” will be presented by Karyn Albers & Kim Barber”.  Women of the 18th century, much like us, needed clothing for warmth and comfort. Again, much like us, ideas of warmth and comfort were quickly abandoned when fashion came into play. Clothing played differing roles in the 18th century be it for work, gatherings or formal occasions. This presentation will provide an overview of the history of women’s clothing from Revolutionary War era. The program will be held in the Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298.   

July 11, 2020, 1:30 P.M. – “Beer, Brats & Baseball” by Jim Merkel who tells the story of how Germans came to have a preeminent influence in the Gateway City. It's told by Jim Merkel, a descendant of Germans who came to St. Louis in the 1850s, and the author of four other books about St. Louis. He tells why so many Germans came to the St. Louis area, how they kept Missouri in the Union, and how anti-German sentiment during World War I damaged their community. In a presentation full of stories and pictures, he'll discuss the mayors, baseball team owners, authors and others who descended from German immigrants to St. Louis. Join us in the Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298.   

July 18, 2020, 1:30 P.M. - “Basket Weaving Demonstration and Displayby Patricia Handel.  Basket weaving through the years, the materials used and who made them will be shared.  Every basket had a purpose. Different techniques to make baskets will be demonstrated. Patricia has been making baskets for 27 years and participates in historical re-enactments.   The program will be held in the Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298.   

 

August 14, 2020 – “Tim Berg & the Kurtz Boys” will be providing the entertainment for the annual “Night at the Museums”!  Please join us for an enjoyable evening of music, dancing, touring our galleries and visiting with our volunteers in the Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298. More information later!!

 

August 22, 2020, 1:30 P.M. - “An America Saga – The Orphan Trains” by John Shontz.  

A discussion of the largest single migration of children in the history of the world. Some 350,000 children were cleared off the streets of New York City and sent to small towns and farms across America by train and ship from 1858 through 1929. Some of these children ended up in the Monroe County area. In fact, one family’s ancestor stepped off the train in Burksville Station. This program is the story of the agencies that sent these children west as well as of the children who made these incredible journeys to new homes.  These children were usually legally indentured to their new “families” from as young as two years old until they turned 18.  The photographs and the information are almost unbelievable!  Project-Making a Difference is sponsored by the Upper Musselshell Historic Society of Harlowton, Montana.  Please join us for this unique program in the Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298.

 

September 12, 2020, 1:30 P.M.  – “Navajo Code Talkers” presented by Lola DeGroff.  The government would not let them speak their native language in school. Yet, nearly 450 of those Navajo Indians helped the Allies win World War II.  Come and learn more about their special contributions to America! Join us in the Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298.    

 

September 26, 2020, 1:30 P.M. - "The Unreported Story of the Saddam Trial" presented by Paul Schimpf.  Monroe County resident and State Senator Paul Schimpf, lead attorney-advisor to the Iraqi prosecutors, discusses his role in the trial of Saddam Hussein.  The presentation begins with an overview of the differences between Iraqi and U.S. criminal procedure, then provides background on the crimes that Saddam Hussein stood trial for.  Lastly, Schimpf describes the events of the chaotic trial that culminated with Hussein's execution in December of 2006.  Join us for this unique program in the Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298.   

 

October 3, 2020, 1:30 P.M. – “The Curse of Kaskaskia” by Shane Wagner.  “Ghosts by the Riverside: The Haunted History of Chester and Old Kaskaskia” presented by Shane Wagner who will highlight the origins of the Curse of Kaskaskia and the Haunting of Chester’s historic Landmark building along with some of the local ghost stories which are nearly 300 years old.  With a recorded history stretching back to the late 17th Century, the Middle Mississippi Valley has a great tradition of folklore through the ages!  Today's program is based on the book, “Ghosts by the Riverside: The Haunted History of Chester and Old Kaskaskia” a study of the origins of various folk legends in the Chester area which was released by Shane Wagner and the Chester Public Library last year.  The program will be held in the Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298.   

 

October 24, 2020, 1:30 P.M. – “Elizabeth Cody Stanton” by Barbara Kay in period dress.  Elizabeth Cody Stanton was a leader of the woman’s suffrage movement in the 19th and 20th centuries.  As we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of women voting, we should learn about the people who made it possible. Barbara Kay is a retired history teacher from St. Louis. The program will be held in the Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298.         

 

November 7, 2020, 1:30 P.M. – “Calling and Building Turkey Calls” by Mitchell Norris who has been president of the St. Louis Longbeards NWTF for 25 years.  He is also a master at making “Calls” for many local wild life species including owls often using unusual and free materials. His program will include information on hunting safety, the art of calling turkeys and building turkey calls. Interested guests will have the opportunity to build a turkey call.  Although the turkey call would probably be of more use in the spring; making one now provides practice time! This program will be held in the Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298.   

 

December 12, 2020, 1:30 – 3:30 P.M. – “Christmas Party” with Alan & R.J. providing the music for your enjoyment and dancing pleasure. Spend a little holiday time visiting with friends, sharing favorite stories and dancing.  There will be light refreshments.  If you have friends who would enjoy the afternoon or goodies you would like to share; please bring them along! Join us in the Monroe County History Museum’s Allscheid-Metzger Gallery located at 724 Elaine Drive, Waterloo, IL 62298.   The History Museum will close at 4:00 P.M. for the season.

 

December 13, 2020 – The History Museum of Monroe County is closed for the season.  The facility will re-open April 3, 2021. 

 

 

 

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