FAIRBURY, IL – History and Fairbury’s Heritage – Wanna see some really cool stuff? How about a look backwards at some of the things that were a part of this communities march through time? Fairbury’s own Echoes Museum is dusting off some exhibits that haven’t been available to the public for some time, mostly because of their bulk but, still, items that share the significance of the various stanza’s of time that have paved the way to the town’s existence. This collection has been installed as a mini-exhibit and is labeled “Museum Miscellany” because it has a variety of interesting components that represent our past history and each has a story that brings them to life for the viewing public. There is a quilt that has quite a story line, there are blacksmith and butchering tools, an ox yoke and a leather stitching horse, an old typewriter along with a New York Herald newspaper headlining the assassination of President Lincoln, a group of glass negatives, and, a human hair wreath. There is also a collection of 22 mounted birds, a grouping of Native American artifacts, and a quartet of portraits that are of some rather profound people from the past. All in all it is quite a display and anyone interested in the fabric of yesteryear will enjoy seeing and reading about these connections that the Museum is bringing out to show us how Fairbury, and the surrounding area, got to where we are today.
So come on up to Fairbury’s Main Street, 126 West Locust – in between Second and Third Streets, and take a walk through time and see how, and who, and what, got the everyday job done way back then. Most of the items are from the early to mid 1800’s and its quite an education for us technically advanced and modernistically fashioned “newbies” of today’s age. Take a look and see if you can hear the “Echo” of days long gone and maybe you can gain a new respect for what Great Grand Dad had to do to get to tomorrow. The Museum is open to the public on Thursdays and Fridays from 1:00pm to 4:30pm and on Saturday from 9:00am to 11:30am and there is no admission charge – you can arrange for a group visit by calling the museum at 815-692-2191 Of course, in addition to this new Museum Miscellany exhibit there are all the other exhibits so, plenty to look at and find out about . Bring the family, old and young, and let them see the hallows of time that these real artifacts bring to the attention of all who treat themselves to a “look see” – rumor has it that Mark Twains Ghost may be somewhere in the midst of it all, keep your eyes open!