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.
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06/06/2020

During the closing years of the War, John Wesley Graham served in the US Army, 661st Port Co. in Camp Amirabad, two miles from Tehran, Iran.

Part of the effort to support "An Act to Further the Defense

of the United States” (Public Law 77-11), a plan began in September 1941, President Roosevelt ordered the creation of the U.S. Military Iranian Mission (Persian Gulf Command).

Roosevelt later inspected Camp Amirabad while attending the Tehran Conference.

Sargent Graham's story is known and told at the museum about his time in Iran during the twilight of the War. After his service, Graham later supported the railroad in Wood River, E. Alton, and Alton.

} https://armyhistory.org/the-persian-gulf-command-and-the-lend-lease-mission-to-the-soviet-union-during-world-war-ii/

} https://www.loc.gov/law/help/statutes-at-large/77th-congress/session-1/c77s1ch11.pdf

} https://history.state.gov/historicaldocuments/frus1943CairoTehran/d353

Alton Veteran stories
06/06/2020

Alton Veteran stories

Alton Veteran stories

05/29/2020
World Health Organization (WHO)

World Health Organization (WHO)

WHO prescriptions for a healthy and green recovery from COVID-19:
🌱 Protect and preserve nature
🚰 Invest in essential services
💡 Ensure a quick healthy energy transition
🥦 Promote healthy, sustainable food systems
🏙 Build healthy, liveable cities
❌ Stop using taxpayers money to fund pollution

https://bit.ly/HealthyRecovery

It was a pleasure and a privilege over the last few months to have the opportunity meet some of the essential people hel...
05/28/2020
Face Mask Retainer by AbeAhten

It was a pleasure and a privilege over the last few months to have the opportunity meet some of the essential people helping to keep it running.

Especially thankful those who helped refine this design in order to offer minimal relief using a 3D printer.

We've distributed several of these to health care workers, and other other critical people who found them useful.

This alternative, unique version is more durable, and comfortable (tangle free). If you have a 3D printer or know someone who does, the file is available free in both stl. and obj. formats.

https://www.thingiverse.com/thing:4394244

A simplified design to relieve the dreaded strain from wearing masks for long duration. This version is durable. After 30 hours of use (total - not continuous) there were no failures due to breaking. This also simplifies application and removal of a mask - no more pre-threading necessary. Additional...

05/27/2020

Good luck and fair skies SpaceX Dragon Crew!

05/25/2020
Clark Bridge Ceremony Trailer

A Sesquicentennial (plus) worth of Memorial Day Parades is phenomenal. We'll have another sort of parade later in the future, thanks to COVID-19.
The Clark Bridge dedication ceremony on the afternoon of January 1994 was windy and bitter cold. But you only noticed it when you breathed. We celebrated grandly. Thank you to the families who are defending Freedom!

Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW
05/08/2020

Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW

U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) will broadcast a virtual Victory in Europe Day commemoration tomorrow, May 8, at 10:30 a.m. EDT in honor of the 75th Anniversary of V-E Day. The program will be broadcast on Defense.gov, and the Department of Defense Facebook and Twitter pages. #VEDay75

What are you doing to help on this Earth today?  This may be the most fortuitous time to start a garden, mend a neighbor...
04/22/2020

What are you doing to help on this Earth today?
This may be the most fortuitous time to start a garden, mend a neighbors fence, watch a tree awaken, familiarize yourself on local creatures, sustain them.

04/16/2020

If you visited the area and enjoyed a tour at the museum throughout the winter months you will remember we offered a gift as a thank you for visiting us.
These unique receipts were given to museum patrons as an additional sign of appreciation and a brighter future to return and check in on us during the spring season.
Celebrating ten years on Facebook, and adjusting to the global crisis, we are extending the time for you to take advantage of this offer. Hang on to them, please disregard the expiration date, and when it becomes more safe and responsible to do so we will honor them as promised.

Our best wishes for your education, health, and wisdom!

When safer conditions permit we will return to the incredible subject and history of the C.C.C.; and wholeheartedly supp...
04/05/2020
We Need a New CCC for Recovery — the Civic Response Corps | Make:

When safer conditions permit we will return to the incredible subject and history of the C.C.C.; and wholeheartedly support "... what they are willing to learn to do" to make a difference and save lives.

https://makezine.com/2020/04/04/we-need-a-new-ccc-for-recovery-the-civic-response-corps/

The CRC will help coordinate local civic response efforts, train the unemployed, undereducated, and unskilled to participate and create a new civic infrastructure needed not only to respond to the crisis but ramp up the recovery.

Selections of an Altonians retreat from the heat and (possibly) cabin fever in the summer of 1930.Geraldine Rives and 't...
04/04/2020

Selections of an Altonians retreat from the heat and (possibly) cabin fever in the summer of 1930.
Geraldine Rives and 'the gang' (her high school classmates) along the riverfront, indulging in a hike under the bluffs.
In 1930 the Mississippi and local natural adornments served
a much elevated role as recreational and sanctuary areas than they do today.

After a lifetime of work, Dycie Madson's collection comprised intimate portraits of Nature and individuals whom she eith...
03/25/2020

After a lifetime of work, Dycie Madson's collection comprised intimate portraits of Nature and individuals whom she either knew or invented in art. These few examples personify her interests and range of draftsmanship. Nature is forefront and, as for many, offered a window into her heart; making outdoor spaces more appealing than ever.

Ooops!    L&C and S.H. Long are nestled in with his story.  And coffee is indeed “concentrated sunbeams".
03/25/2020
Who was Alexander von Humboldt?

Ooops! L&C and S.H. Long are nestled in with his story. And coffee is indeed “concentrated sunbeams".

Smithsonian curator Eleanor Jones Harvey explains why this revolutionary 19th-century thought leader is due for a reconsideration

...the mother of invention.
03/24/2020
Build This Food Takeout "Airlock" to Fight Covid-19 | Make:

...the mother of invention.

 As restaurants are forced by the coronavirus crisis to close dining rooms and serve takeout only, here’s a DIY project to help them make the pivot as As coronavirus disrupts everything, here's a DIY project to help restaurants pivot to takeout-only business safely for workers and customers.

03/19/2020

Health Care Volunteers

In this Brave New World (Huxleys or Zamyatin's) it’s tempting to reflect on recurring echoes of tales past.   “A great v...
03/19/2020

In this Brave New World (Huxleys or Zamyatin's) it’s tempting to reflect on recurring echoes of tales past.
“A great value of antiquity lies in the fact that its writings are the only ones that modern men still read with exactness”. Nietzsche.

"So you fly off back home. Wash your hands. Why, surely. You've got so much soap in the United States." Marlene Dietrich in Billy Wilder's "A Foreign Affair" - 1948.

Horace Miner's study is still interesting: "Body ritual among the Nacirema", American Anthropologist, 1956.

John Kenneth Galbraith's observation on early 20th century schooling in Ontario: “The hygiene book made the not uncommon error of allowing one or two utterly impractical edicts to discredit much good sound common sense.”

And how Patent No. 643,094 (Feb. 1900) never caught on is an unfathomable mystery.

https://www.sfu.ca/~palys/Miner-1956-BodyRitualAmongTheNacirema.pdf
}https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Kenneth_Galbraith
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There are just as many souls born too soon for their age as those born too late.When conservation and the education of t...
03/14/2020

There are just as many souls born too soon for their age as those born too late.

When conservation and the education of the value of wild things is paramount today, Dycie Madson was one such soul of the former class.

Know for her upbeat personality, Dycie impacted everyone who knew her. She maintained interests in art, politics, to literature. And as an instructor at L.C.C.C. for many years, Dycie expressed her true passions as an art educator.

She later became widely know for her diverse illustrations of the numerous conservation books written by her husband John.
She was proficient in multiple mediums: pen & ink to pastels, watercolor, oil, and acrylic, even bronze and ceramic sculptures. She both authored and illustrated children's books and wrote a collection of her own poetry.
The Madson's mutual interests in Nature may have nurtured generations of conservationists.

Dycie's colorful, multi-paneled mural of the riverfront in the museum depicts a little known historical event.
This image: "Our daughters daughters will adore us, Sister Suffragette".
Dycie went on to educate a larger part of the Universe nearly 10 years ago in 2011.

03/13/2020

In order to help fight the COVID-19 virus and to keep our patrons safety and education top priorities, our Friday Night event is rescheduled to a future date we will announce later. Also we will temporarily suspend operating hours this week until further developments.
At this time we are not aware of any members of our campus community that have tested positive. Since a recent tour of visitors from abroad, we will be erring strictly on the side of precaution. Thank you for your understanding and we hope to see you soon.
Good words today: Biden, "...a coordinated global response is needed".

The Man Who Won’t Let the World Forget the Firebombing of Tokyo
03/10/2020
The Man Who Won’t Let the World Forget the Firebombing of Tokyo

The Man Who Won’t Let the World Forget the Firebombing of Tokyo

As a child, Katsumoto Saotome barely escaped the air raids over Tokyo that killed as many as 100,000 people. He has spent much of his life fighting to honor the memories of others who survived.

03/04/2020
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

Expanding the global reach of American energy requires a robust strategy that harnesses our Nation’s vast means in effective ways to achieve secure and prosperous ends. The Strategic Energy Initiative seeks to accomplish just that, beginning with the release of the white paper, “With Powers So D...

02/22/2020

Below is a brief selection from a Michigan fan, Alysha McCarty on synchronicity. The full text of her treatise is available to read at the museum.

"Synchronicities Surrounding Robert Wadlow":

The name of “Alton” contains the word “alto,” which means “tall” or “high”. Robert's name means “bright fame.”
He was made an honorary member of a Native American tribe in Minnesota and called “Tall Pine.” The Hotel Chippewa was located at 80 Pine Street in Manistee, Michigan.

Robert was born 2/22/18. The value of ROBERT in Chaldean Gematria is 22. He died 7/15/40. He lived to be 22 years old. 7+15=22."

Alysha's home state is one too much! Wondering if additional synchronous material may be found in the fifth and final studio album by The Police?

There are numerous ways we have celebrated Wadlows life over the decades following his passing.  What better way to hono...
02/21/2020

There are numerous ways we have celebrated Wadlows life over the decades following his passing. What better way to honor that heritage than the creation of informative tributes for future generations to enjoy?
And at the same time (synchronously) introduce some engaging work by admirers of his legacy.

Sculpture by itself can create powerful statements. When combined with curious, alternative math and the most impressive natural shadows ever: incredible.

Sculpture by Payton Biggers.

Interesting study and implication:
02/15/2020
WWI helmets protect against shock waves just as well as modern designs

Interesting study and implication:

Biomedical engineers have demonstrated that, despite significant advancements in protection from ballistics and blunt impacts, modern military helmets are no better at protecting from shock waves than their World War I counterparts. One model in particular, the French Adrian helmet, actually perform...

02/05/2020

United States Senator Tammy Duckworth (Veteran) currently on the Floor!

02/02/2020

Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A separate starter kit to non-profit organizations:  this enclosure is available to any like institution (for display, s...
01/28/2020

A separate starter kit to non-profit organizations: this enclosure is available to any like institution (for display, storage, etc.). It is a very durable, stout, oak construction - and heavy. The dimensions:
10 ft .1" long x 1 ft. deep x 4 ft. 4" wide. Email us for additional information, details, and availability.

When the weather slows things down and freezes invasive reptiles from their perch, we try to incrementally advance a lit...
01/23/2020

When the weather slows things down and freezes invasive reptiles from their perch, we try to incrementally advance a little bit; be they displays, research, or continuing to do our part to re-create a sustainable environment.
Last year we posted our efforts to severely reduce electrical use. This year we are treating a smaller biological factor.

Thanks to the three fellows who shared an interest in building homes for one of our planets most cherished species, arguably the most important.
This Langstroth hive design is not as old as the Top bar variety, but it will have to do for now. 14 frames and the main box is complete. 1 more and several frames to go!

Jazz Saxophone Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died
01/19/2020
Jazz Saxophone Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died

Jazz Saxophone Legend Jimmy Heath Has Died

The saxophonist and composer — an artist who wrote for Miles Davis and Charlie Parker, and who nurtured John Coltrane — died Sunday at age 93.

Enjoying an interesting study into route and delivery statistics, and the costs of air mail  mid 20th century.Not to men...
01/16/2020

Enjoying an interesting study into route and delivery statistics, and the costs of air mail mid 20th century.
Not to mention an active duty military perspective on international travel and diplomacy. So far: post-wide exercises, two visits to D.C. (prior to deployment), and eye witness accounts of the first family at play in the yard!

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Hi Brian, Here is the paragraph I wrote that Lois has sent to the three places she advertises at: "Dr. Norman Showers will present on the Alcan Highway (aka the Alaska Highway). After recapping from the start in 1942 until the 50th Anniversary in 1992, Dr. Showers will give updated information on the Gold Rush train, the White Pass and Yukon Railway. " Regards, Ruth E. Bell
😊The event last night concerning the anniversary of the first experiential proof of several of Einstein's predictions was so excellent!! AMHA President Brian Combs did a magnificent job of explaining the historical, paradigm-shifting significance of these events. The tie-in to the Western Military Academy was even more amazing. His passionate research, detailed PP presentation, thorough scholarship, clear explanations in answering our many questions, and the display of his personal library on the topic all combined to make this a particularly memorable event. Wow!
anyone has a old picture of a Orphanage School in Alton area... it was served around 1938 to 1944
Anyone know of any information about a Orphanage place in Alton IL area ? I have a distance cousin who was a Nun and was a superior at that place 1938 to 1944. Perhaps any picture of that building. Associating with the Catholic church there ?
These are lovely portraits:)
HI there researching on a Nun who was a distance cousin of mine. Her name was Sister Lucy Meyer from Ruma, IL convent. There was a orphanage school in Alton IL area. Anyone have any information or picture that might include Nuns from Ruma, IL would be appreciated. She served there 1938 to 1944
Who is the director of this facility?
I am writing a historical fiction book that deals heavily on the Bozza family (James). Any and all information would be greatly appreciated.
I wonder if anyone in Alton has photographs of members of the Sawyer family - very prominent in 1850s-1880s. We have a great number of early letters back and forth to Windsor County Vermont from Attorney Seth Thompson Sawyer, his children, his home, etc. We would greatly appreciate it if we could have some digitized images of them. - Linda M. Welch, Cavendish, Vt. Historical Society. See the following letter: Alton, Illinois 19 Dec. 1851 To: Captain James W. and Anna Hall, Proctorsville, Windsor County, Vermont From: Seth T. Sawyer [An early and prominent settler in Alton, Illinois, Seth Sawyer was the oldest practicing lawyer in Southern Illinois when he died 9 Feb. 1895 at the age of 86 yrs. He came from Cavendish, and was also related to President Calvin Coolidge. His brother John York Sawyer was a pioneer settler of Madison County, Illinois. Both were prominent in political affairs and knew President Lincoln when he was practicing law in Illinois. Seth was a brother of Anna Hall, wife of Capt. James Hall whom the letter is addressed.] Dear Brother and Sister Hall: According to promise I undertake to inform you of our present good health and of the times generally. As my dear wife returned home you no doubt have long since heard from Brother and Sister Sawyer and of the incidents of their journey. She and our dear children since their return, have been very well and the little ones are growing as finely as we wish and improving in all their infantine requirements as fast as we could expect. Henrietta, Mrs. Sawyer’s niece we think, is also improving in health and hope she will have no cause of regretting her coming here. [Henrietta “Hattie” Elizabeth Williams. Hattie was born in Havana Cuba, 5 Nov. 1834, daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (Smiley) Williams. She was raised by her grandfather Smiley and sent to live with Seth and Sally in Alton.] Brother Benjamin and wife I was sorry could not make a longer stay with us for they hardly stopped long enough to see anything of the country and get rested of their fatigue before hastening back. They had rather of a long journey home I suppose, but I hope a safe one. [Benjamin Sawyer Jr. then age 58, and his wife Marinda (Whiting) Sawyer age 59, from Cavendish, apparently visited with Seth and family the previous fall. They were Vermonters who were tempted many times to move West, but the pull of the Green Mountains was too strong for them where they spent their lives.] We have not heard from Brother Nathan or Thomas [Sawyer] since we were at their houses last summer. I shall write to them as sometime not very distant, I think. We are under a great many obligations to you for your kind attentions to our wife and children when at your house last fall and wish it was in our power to reciprocate the favors to yourselves or to yours, and think we may have the pleasure of so doing at no very far distant period. The election is past and resulted much as I anticipated when in Vermont. General Pierce will make, I have no doubt, one of the best and most accomplished Presidents we had in the Union and unless I am much mistaken, his administration will be most abundantly successful. ‘Whiging’ has, as I judge, passed the Rubicon and we shall have it appear under a new name before another Presidential election. Its great lights are also all gone out. Its advisors, Webster, Clay, Sargents are gone from, and who have they to put forward with any hope of success? The Democracy is everywhere in the land in the ascendant and led by a Phalanx of the greatest lights the world has ever seen. There is Cass, Buchanan, Benton, Douglass, and a host of others able and prominent men to lead and supported by the great mass of the people. The price of all sorts of agricultural products is higher than it has been since 1837. Wheat is worth from .75 to .90 cents per bushel; corn from .40 to .50; Oats .50 to .45; Beans, $1.50; Flax seed .90 to $1; Potatoes from .37 to .50; Apples from .50 to .75; Beef from $3.50 to $5.00 per pound; Pork from $5.90 to $6.50 per pound; hay from $10 to $15 per ton. So you see that the farmers are earning money this year and as a general thing there was very heavy crops of all sorts of grain with the exception of wheat. Our city is improving quite fast. We have had built during the past season eleven large building and storage warehouses of from 60 to 120 feet long by 25 feet wide and from three to four stories high besides a Depot for railroad, two machine shops and foundries of 99 by 50 feet three stories high with Foundry 80 by 40 feet and another of nearly the same size. One is intended for manufacturing thrashing machines, the other railroad cars. There has been a great many dwelling houses I suppose some 200 or more. So you see we are not entirely idle here. Our railroad to Springfield is doing just as much as she can with her present amount of power in Locomotives and Cars etc. And the extension to Bloomington is progressing rapidly and will be done by 18th of June it is said, to that place where it intersects the Central Railroad and gives us a continuous railroad by the way of Chicago to New York and Boston, or almost any other place. The road from here to Terre Haute is progressing as fast as we could expect and will be in operation by a year from June next, which will give us a direct line to New York and Boston, and which can be reached in less than 48 hours from here to Boston, or your place, and I have no doubt these roads must add very greatly to the intercourse of our plan and the advantages we already possess. The season since the middle of October has been quite wet and unpleasant but not very cold, not even cold enough to have the ice run in the River till a few days since. But now it is very pleasant and warm and looks more like March than mid winter. We hope we shall have a good and pleasant winter. The health during the fall and thus far this winter has been very good, but little flaccidity has attended it and the great distresses of the cholera seems for the present to have left the country. The California [gold] fever continues nearly as great as ever and many are going out and some coming home, most of whom bring back some of the glittering dust to reward them for all their toil. But the Australia reports beat everything in the gold line, and the English convicts it seems are about to be better off than other more honorable and honest friends in their native country. Mrs. Sawyer and Smiley and Benny want to be remembered to you all and to Cousin Anna and husband and Sally and husband as well as to all inquiring friends. You must write to us, also have Spaulding and Strow and wives write. I should be very happy to hear from them as well as yourselves. Tell Mary that I shall expect her out here before long and I get her a suitable husband if she will write the description of one. I will select him in advance of her coming. How is William Smith’s health? Foster Smith’s family, and what is Charles C. Buck doing this winter? I see he took an honorable position in the Ludlow Exhibition of which be sent me a copy of the exercises. Give love to all friends and acquaintances and accept of them for yourselves. Write soon, and believe me ever your affectionate brother —Seth T. Sawyer p.s. Tuesday, 21 Dec.1852: I had forgotten to put this in the office until today. We are all very well. The weather now is quite cold and prospects of snow but do not think we shall get much. We just heard of the sinking of two steamers, one on the Ohio, the other on the Mississippi, the latter carrying down from 50 to 100 persons who were among the dead passengers and probably the boats were full of cargo, and a total loss.