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Open House at Tiskilwa’s New “Gallery on Galena” Slated for August 3, 4

The new siding and shutters are in place, the old pine floor has a shiny renewed look, and numerous displays are being set up this week for Tiskilwa Historical Society’s second venue: The Gallery on Galena. Visitors are welcome to come on down between noon and 2:00 this Saturday or Sunday. The Gallery in Tiskilwa is located just south of the tracks on east side of the Tiskilwa-Princeton Road.

Those who stop by will find a re-creation of a country school room on the south end as well as a tribute to the American Legion and Tiskilwa’s veterans on the north end. The “kitchen corner” is reserved to display memorabilia and photos of the other uses of the building over the decades: a meeting place for the Boys Scouts, family reunions, class birthday parties, bridal showers, after-prom parties, and scores of other activities. The society is requesting photos to copy and share from these events.

Exterior construction projects were completed by Rick McCauley Construction Company with discounted materials from RP Lumber, Princeton, thanks to RP owner, Robert Plummer. Last week, local contractor Mike Dittmer (Michael Dittmer Hardwood Flooring) donated his time and skill in refinishing the original heart-of-pine floors at the former American Legion Hall. Beginning about a year ago, volunteers from the historical society have donated several hundred hours of labor to bring the legendary hall back to life.

Rick McCauley and Billy Nordstrom finished exterior projects on the new Gallery on Galena earlier this week.

The Museum on Main will also host special hours during Pow Wow Days, August 2, 3, and 4: Friday from 12 to 4; Saturday from 9 to 4, and Sunday from 12 to 4. The traditional Classic Rides of local participants will grace the west lawn of the museum from 9:00 to noon.

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