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Historical society will host road trip to Chillicothe Depot Museum

Published: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 2:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014 2:44 p.m. CDT
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Chillicothe’s Railroad Museum is the former Rock Island depot, donated by the Rock Island Railroad in 1980. A few years later, the Society obtained a 1929 caboose (waycar) from the Santa Fe Railroad Co., who moved it from Kansas City to Chillicothe, where it is now positioned on rails laid to the north of the Depot Museum.
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In 2000, the Chillicothe Historical Society acquired the Avery-Dolph residence, a Colonial Revival style home built in 1928. The home provides a gracious setting to showcase period clothing, a vintage kitchen and an old school room, as well as collections of unique Chillicothe business artifacts, military and local fire department memorabilia.

TISKILWA — The Tiskilwa Historical Society invites the public to shake off those winter blues and join them on a road trip.

On Monday, the Board is planning to visit the 1889 Rock Island Railroad Museum as well as the nearby 1928 Avery-Dolph Museum in Chillicothe. Participants will discover a common heritage and be inspired by all that the Chillicothe Historical Society has accomplished since it was founded in 1971. One special feature of the depot museum is the model railroad that chugs around the former baggage room.

Anyone who’d like to carpool should meet at the Museum on Main at 10:10 a.m. for a 10:15 departure. For those who want to drive down on their own, meet at 11 a.m. at the Depot Museum, just a block east of Route 29 at the corner of Third and Cedar streets.

Society President Gary Fyke will provide guided tours of the depot and also the museum center on Route 29 at Elm Street.

As 2014 begins, the Tiskilwa Historical Society has made plans for another banner year. They’ve scheduled an interesting diversity of public programs for the second Monday evening of each month. The first date for 2014 is on March 10, with fiddler and storyteller Dennis Stroughmatt presenting a program about the French Creoles from 300 years ago in the Illinois Valley. He will share a medley of the music, language, legends and culture of these hardy adventurers.

The Museum on Main is open throughout the winter on every Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For anyone who has made a new year’s resolution to begin helping with museum staffing or cataloging, several board members are offering speedy, on-the-spot training.

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