Fairbury history is coming alive! A group of Fairbury historians are working hard to further document Fairbury’s history so that residents and visitors can enjoy our interesting past.
Dale Maley, life-long Fairbury resident and historian has been recording history with Cindy Grau of WJEZ radio in Pontiac. “I have been surprised how many Pontiac people like to learn about Fairbury history.” says Dale Maley. Listen for these weekly podcasts each Friday morning around 6:30 AM.
Go to www.FairburyILAttractions.com/history and click on the audio links to hear how Dale became interested in Fairbury’s history, how the City of Fairbury was founded in 1857, sources for historical researchers, and the process of uncovering the past. Also, learn more about Fairbury’s most nationally famous citizens and Fairbury’s coal mines. Wow! Here is some interesting history from our own local historian.
Another interesting place to go is on Facebook: Fairbury, Illinois-Today, Long Ago, and Somewhere in Between. If you haven’t already, you may need to request to join this page.
Of course, the Fairbury Echoes Museum 126 W Locust St, Fairbury, has a wealth of Fairbury’s history. Their displays are changed periodically, too. To see everything, you could spend days! Currently, the museum’s hours are Thurs & Fri – 1:00 to 4:30 and Sat – 9:00 to 11:30. the museum also has a website, www.historicfairbury.com, and a Facebook page “Fairbury Echoes Museum”.
Also, starting on the first Saturday of June, volunteers from Fairbury Echoes Museum will be giving “history talks” downtown on the four blocks of Main Street. This will take place during the Indian Creek Market on the first Saturday of each month through September.
“The museum is looking forward to expanding its mission of preserving and presenting history to go beyond the walls of the museum,” says Diane Pawlowski, board member of Fairbury Echoes Museum and owner of Antiques & Uniques. “The plan is to have six volunteers who will each give a five to ten minute presentation about some of the history of a particular corner. During the one-hour program, people can learn quite a bit of history about Fairbury and see how Fairbury looked in the past. Each volunteer will give their corner’s presentation several times during the hour so you can start on any corner and may be able to cover all six corners during the hour, or if you don’t have much time, just hit as many corners as you can and then come back the next month to hear the rest.”
“Just listened to Dale’s presentation on Coal Mines on Facebook,” says Bobbi McKeon, coordinator of the Specialty Shops Group and owner of Heart’s Desire. This is something everyone should hear! We are excited, too, about the upcoming history talks on Main Street. This should bring more folks to town. I am amazed at what these folks are doing for Fairbury. We appreciate all of the efforts to keep Fairbury’s history alive!”
As always, if you have any stories, ideas or suggestions for interesting topics about our community, please stop by Heart’s Desire, call Bobbi McKeon at (815) 692-4500 or email fairbury@fairburyILattractions.com.