Alton Museum of History & Art Inc

Alton Museum of History & Art Inc Home to the fascinating local history of Alton Illinois. The museum maintains artifacts and information covering several centuries of events from 1673 to the present.

05/29/2019
Jen

Jen

VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED IN A LARGE CAPACITY! We had about 50 volunteers yesterday in Hardin and they did great work, but this is a county of over 5K. We have a list of over 15 homes and businesses JUST IN HARDIN that need help. With just these 50 volunteers Hardin will not be sandbagged before the weekend. WE NEED YOUR HELP! Even if it's just an hour.

VOLUNTEER CHECK IN STATION IS BEHIND THE FIRE HOUSE! Report there and SIGN IN and then you will be sent to a specific location. We are doing our best to organize this. Someone will be around to check on residents and see what the needs are. There will be someone out today shooting water levels so you know how high and where your sandbag levee needs to be. Please make sure that you sign in just in case we need this info for FEMA. We need to know about each and every volunteer, boat, side by side, trailer, etc.

Businesses that need help today moving things out:

Drive In
Riverdock
Kinders
Subway

Who else?

SANDBAGGING
Hardin: behind the fire house. Just keep making bags until those huge piles of sand are gone.

NEED 2 SIDE BY SIDES AND HELPERS AT NORTHSIDE. MEET AT THE BRIDGE.

Kampsville: Center for American Archaeology AND Tim and Jennifer Roth's house.

Nutwood: Residents in Nutwood need help trying to save their houses. Sandbagging at Powers Road is TOMORROW. Boats will be needed tomorrow.

I will update as things start going. Message me if you need help.

05/29/2019
Upper Alton!  Another incredible display on Memorial Day.This year with a C.W. Union company; in formation, hydrated, an...
05/27/2019

Upper Alton! Another incredible display on Memorial Day.
This year with a C.W. Union company; in formation, hydrated, and enthusiastic! The broadswords and tattered regiment flag are especially touching.

So very near the park where this scene was first made over 150 years ago. Their naturalness suggests some of these men may have traveled farther in Space-time than others.

Bravo to the organizers and Upper Alton citizens!

05/26/2019
Marine Corps Times

Marine Corps Times

When Lisa Hallett's husband was killed in Afghanistan in 2009, she turned to running to help navigate grief and wear blue: run to remember was born. Nearly a decade later, the nonprofit encompasses a growing national community determined to honor the fallen.

05/26/2019

Happy Birthday Mr. Davis!

05/25/2019

Many memorials at the twilight of May and dawn of June. Even one of memories of a less volatile climate.

In recognition of the 200th anniversary of Stephen Harriman Longs’ “Yellowstone Expedition” and the Westward Expansion that followed, we are paying tribute with an exhibition on the creative and mystic ancestors of those lands (indigenous America).

Alton Museum of History & Art Inc's cover photo
05/25/2019

Alton Museum of History & Art Inc's cover photo

Sierra Club
05/12/2019

Sierra Club

Happy Mother's Day!

05/12/2019

During a total solar eclipse, Sir Arthur Eddington performs the first experimental test of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.
The findings made Einstein a celebrity overnight, and precipitated the eventual triumph of general relativity over classical Newtonian physics.
In 1919, Newton's law of universal gravity still dominated scientific discourse, as it provided extremely accurate explanations of physical observations. But Einstein had a major issue with Newton's theory: It wasn't consistent with his own special theory of relativity, which predicted that space and time were relative, forming a four-dimensional continuum called spacetime. He conceived a general theory of relativity, in which gravitational fields would cause warps in spacetime, thus weaving gravity into the continuum.

One prediction of general relativity was that light should not travel in a perfectly straight line. While traveling through spacetime and nearing the warp induced by an object's gravitational field, light should curve — but not by much. A ray of light nicking the edge of the sun, for example, would bend a minuscule 1.75 arcseconds — the angle made by a right triangle 1 inch high and 1.9 miles long. Newtonian physics also predicted light would bend due to gravity, but only by half as much as Einstein's theory predicted.

Such a tiny difference seemed impossible to measure by earthly experiments. In fact, the two theories, though fundamentally opposed, made highly similar predictions for almost all tests of gravity and light. As a result, it was futile to try to understand which one provided a more accurate description of the fundamental laws of the universe.
Sir Frank Watson Dyson, Astronomer Royal of Britain, conceived in 1917 the perfect experiment to resolve the issue. A total solar eclipse on May 29, 1919, would occur just as the sun was crossing the bright Hyades star cluster. Dyson realized that the light from the stars would have to pass through the sun's gravitational field on its way to Earth, yet would be visible due to the darkness of the eclipse. This would allow accurate measurements of the stars' gravity-shifted positions in the sky.

Eddington, who led the experiment, first measured the "true" positions of the stars during January and February 1919. Then in May he went to the remote island of Príncipe (in the Gulf of Guinea off the west coast of Africa) to measure the stars' positions during the eclipse, as viewed through the sun's gravitational lens.
Eddington also sent a group of astronomers to take measurements from Sobral, Brazil, in case the eclipse was blocked by clouds over Príncipe. Outfitting and transporting the dual expeditions were no small feats in the days before transoceanic airplanes and instantaneous global communication.
Both locations had clear skies, and the astronomers took several pictures during the six minutes of total eclipse. When Eddington returned to England, his data from Príncipe confirmed Einstein's predictions. Eddington announced his findings on Nov. 6, 1919. The next morning, Einstein, until then a relatively obscure newcomer in theoretical physics, was on the front page of major newspapers around the world.

The bending of light around massive objects is now known as gravitational lensing, and has become an important tool in astrophysics. Physicists now use gravitational lensing to try to understand dark matter and the expansion of the universe.
Sources: International Astronomical Union, Wikipedia, NASA

More coolness!
05/09/2019

More coolness!

We've been Rockin with Robert for 10 amazing years!! Come join us this year as we enjoy the music of Bud Summers, Ralph Butler with Gigi Stavros Darr, and finish the summer with The Glendale Riders!! Check our events for all the details!!

Is there a word that describes a gathering of more than a few Wadlow enthusiasts together?  We had the ingredients for t...
05/07/2019

Is there a word that describes a gathering of more than a few Wadlow enthusiasts together? We had the ingredients for the enthusiastic party numbers, but have yet to invent the word. Thank you for your visits from far and wide!

A safe way to suspend a colorful stained glass section in a window (based in part from a member of the local ToastMaster...
05/05/2019

A safe way to suspend a colorful stained glass section in a window (based in part from a member of the local ToastMaster's group well versed how-to instructions). Thank you.

Be careful not to disturb as you visit the museum.  This little sleeper is waiting (as we all may be) for more favorable...
05/03/2019

Be careful not to disturb as you visit the museum.
This little sleeper is waiting (as we all may be) for more favorable conditions.

We may never achieve absolute mastery of space-time before May 29th.But the closest thing we have now resembling a space...
04/14/2019

We may never achieve absolute mastery of space-time before May 29th.
But the closest thing we have now resembling a space/time manipulation contraption (time machine) is our youth.
A very clear view of the future of Alton and possibly the State was presented this week by these LCCC students: (Macy, Jacquelyn, Da'Nisha, Taylor, Monique, Martha, Joyce, Merrilyn, and Kim).
A super-massive M87 thanks for their incredible work at the museum.
The available pool of relative adjectives is now bankrupt.

National Civil Rights Museum
04/03/2019

National Civil Rights Museum

📜You are invited to the annual April 4th Commemoration Ceremony. Rain or shine, the service will begin promptly @4pm and include an invocation and reflection from Rev. James Lawson, who invited Dr. King to Memphis for the 1968 Sanitation Workers Strike. The Lemoyne-Owen College Concert Choir will render harmonious selections for the occasion.

🚨If you are looking for a place to reflect on the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the anniversary of his assassination, there is no better place than where he last stood!

Visit http://bit.ly/NCRMApril4th for more information.

An item of history, precious beyond words simply because it once existed, and because we would never have known either i...
03/31/2019

An item of history, precious beyond words simply because it once existed, and because we would never have known either its factuality or its fascination if (someone) had not been moved to leave such beautiful visual record.

This is a metal vehicle tag that usually attached to the bumper of A.V.E.C. vehicles for purposes of police or other rescue organizations identification. Members of A.V.E.C. donated their time and talents to complete various necessary property projects.
It also includes one of our favorite words which appears near the end of the dictionary and begins with the letter V.

In the current environment of change who knows how important and necessary they will be in the future?

03/22/2019

An exemplary presentation at Farley Music Hall in Elsah Thursday night. Illuminating the state of Illinois' role in the historical theater of Civil War music and the inspiration it endeared for soldiers and citizens alike.
Part of their Hosmer-Williams Lectures: How a Chicago Music Store Helped Win the Civil War by Christian McWhirter, Hannah Jellen, and Benjamin Scott.

03/20/2019
BBC News

Selfless spring cleaning and admirable use of 'whilst'.

"It's literally a thank you to the community." 🧽🧼

Liam cleans signs in his spare time to make the roads a safer place. ✨✨❤️
https://bbc.in/2TNQu7P
(via BBC East Midlands)

A 'big dig' is underway through spring break; replacing clay conduit with modern materials.  As you can imagine, parking...
03/20/2019

A 'big dig' is underway through spring break; replacing clay conduit with modern materials. As you can imagine, parking is a little more distant than usual. So take a little extra caution during your spring outing.

Mila Martin inspired our guests to create widely diverse art within a limited time frame and resource pool.  During a fu...
03/17/2019

Mila Martin inspired our guests to create widely diverse art within a limited time frame and resource pool. During a fun, interactive last meeting, these are some of the new worlds. Thank you again Mila!

This colorful sampler features a rose motif by Ms. Scholl whose ancestors can be counted among the "49er's".  The wonder...
03/15/2019

This colorful sampler features a rose motif by Ms. Scholl whose ancestors can be counted among the "49er's". The wonderful artwork, craftsmanship and equally impressive framework can be appreciated in the museum.

4th Battalion, 3d US Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard"
03/04/2019

4th Battalion, 3d US Infantry Regiment "The Old Guard"

One guards those willing to make the ultimate sacrifice, the other guards those who did.
#MilitaryPolice
#TUS
#WarriorBattalion
3d U.S. Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard)
289th Military Police Company "The Old Guard"

03/02/2019

Einstein - Philosophy of Science, July 1949

Our display on the great 1858 debate has a minor facelift.  Veterans (attendees) of the campaign proudly wore these ribb...
03/02/2019

Our display on the great 1858 debate has a minor facelift. Veterans (attendees) of the campaign proudly wore these ribbons in 1908 celebrating the 50th anniversary of the event. A few necessary holes were made in the supporting lumber, but the effort was all the same.

02/22/2019

Thanks for the visitors and for all who came out to see the Big man on his day!

Herman Hesse - To Children (end of 1914)

... And one day you will know
That the sweet breath of this life,
The precious possession of the heartbeat,
Is only a loan, and that whatever was lost
In the past, and the heir you long for,
And the farthest future,
Rolls through your blood,
And that for every hair on your head
Somebody endured one struggle, one pain, one death.

Similar to our neighboring, soaring eagles, Mr. Wadlow's legacy will soon again rise above another impressive milestone....
02/17/2019

Similar to our neighboring, soaring eagles, Mr. Wadlow's legacy will soon again rise above another impressive milestone.
101 is a distinguished "good 'ol" age and a fascinating prime number! Not only mathematically but culturally and historically (take note math nerds, artists, and vets).

Oh, we'll make it short: Happy birthday lad!

We lied. Happy to mention this admirable fans story recently shared by the Upper Alton Association: https://www.facebook.com/693996143996253/posts/2226276350768217/

Robert Wadlow has fans from all over and all ages. Today we learned of a very special fan in Michigan. Her name is Kitsen and she's 9 years old. 2 years ago she was looking at the Guinness Book of World Records and came across Robert Wadlow. “I’m really tall for my age and when I found out that there was someone else who was always really tall for his age, I thought it was really cool.” says Kitsen who is 5 foot. When she found out there was a nearby museum with his statue, she insisted to her mother, Jen, they go. "She was literally like almost teary eyed when she saw it." Jen said. A special cake was also made last year to celebrate Wadlow's 100th birthday. Jen says that "A trip to Alton is definitely planned in the upcoming future!!" #biggestwadlowfan #myalton

02/11/2019

In an “age of mass tourism” and global concerns, a lot can be missed. But not this very musical moment. We’ll make sure you’re outfitted properly and sufficiently on your next visit to enjoy: A Night in Venice (Serenade), or Andante Favorit (Homage a Beethoven).
And of course, one of the most longed for: To the Spring (Etude).
See our ‘video’ section on W.D. Armstrong, and add 1.

02/05/2019
US National Archives

An interesting non-“Bluff City“ topic.

Livestreaming now! Preston Lauterbach discusses his new book "Bluff City" and examines the career of Ernest Withers, an African-American photographer who traveled extensively with Martin Luther King, Jr. But Withers had a secret--he was also an informant for the FBI.

Happily on the other side of the polar vortex:   that brief frozen scenario revealed that Star Wars inspiration seems to...
02/03/2019

Happily on the other side of the polar vortex: that brief frozen scenario revealed that Star Wars inspiration seems to be engineered into the core of Nature herself. (What element of life has S.W. not influenced really)? Add some light, and... as long as you are in a Hoth-like environment: indestructible cutting utensil. Or maybe it's just science.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztninkgZ0ws
Is an Ice Age Coming? | Space Time | PBS Digital Gary Staab

One of our favored and also one of our oldest art forms on display in the museum is gourd carving (scrimshaw on non-whal...
02/01/2019

One of our favored and also one of our oldest art forms on display in the museum is gourd carving (scrimshaw on non-whale material). A portrait of Ida Wells is the subject of this 20" x 11" species.

An advocate of the 1st Amendment and decades following Lovejoy, she encountered very similar circumstances and treatment; subjected to continued threats within her newspaper office and press.
We encourage you to read about Wells this month of course, as her legacy spans across the American Civil Rights movement, both suffragists and suffragettes, women's rights, and African-American Civil Rights, to name a few.
You can find a partial suggested reading list of Mrs. Wells' inspirational story featured here - the lengthy synchronous list of names associated with her story is just that, we suspect:

} The Memphis Diary of Ida B. Wells, by Ida B. Wells-Barnett, ed.: Miriam DeCosta-Willis
} To Tell the Truth Freely: The Life of Ida B. Wells, by Mia Bay
} Ida: A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching, by Paula J. Giddings

Online:
} https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/ida-b-wells-barnett

} https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_B._Wells

Title page of work by William Dawson Armstrong.
01/31/2019

Title page of work by William Dawson Armstrong.

After 1897, the Armstrong name is inextricably linked with that of Lovejoy's.  The Lovejoy monument (dedicated to the ed...
01/31/2019

After 1897, the Armstrong name is inextricably linked with that of Lovejoy's.
The Lovejoy monument (dedicated to the editor and the 1st Amendment) is set imposingly high above the city and is the first, most revealing evidence of the city who remembers best his life.
Following encouragement from many subsequent Lovejoy admirers, the Armstrong family campaigned relentlessly for the creation of the monument. William Dawson Armstong's musical compositions were center piece to the November 1897 dedication. It is unthinkable, ever since, for the Armstrong family's contributions to the editors legacy to go unmentioned.

The recent, generous donation of Armstrong's S.A.R. certificate by these men of the same organization is an incredibly well preserved treasure of a faded but still cherished dynasty.
Pictured here: Robert Ridenour, Charles DoBias, Philip Bailey, and Larry
Heffernan. Our exhibit, celebrating Armstrong's 151st birthday (Feb. 11th) will be displayed until the end of February.

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2809 College Ave
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Friday 10:00 - 16:00
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Sunday 13:00 - 16:00

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