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Tiskilwa Historical Society Hosts Virtual Memorial Day Ceremony, Cancels Programs for May, June, Jul

Following guidelines from the CDC and Governor Pritzker which strongly advise against large summer events amid the COVID-19 crisis, the Tiskilwa Historical Society has canceled its special events scheduled for May, June, and July. The one exception will be a videotaped Memorial Day Ceremony posted on Monday, May 25, and available on online sites to be announced.

Once again hosted by Navy veteran, Jennifer Fisher of Tiskilwa, the Memorial Day program will consist of remarks from a veteran, a brief history of the two war memorial monuments in Tiskilwa’s East Park, the reading of the Gettysburg Address, and Taps. More details where to find the program online will follow soon.

Although both of Tiskilwa’s museums will be closed until further notice, some unusually quiet visitors stopped by last week. Their metal tape measurer shows they were properly socially distanced, and they reappeared for several days to the delight of local photographers.

The April program of Brian “Fox” Ellis portraying John James Audubon has been rescheduled for Wednesday, October 14. The T-H-S program scheduled for May, “Mussels, Moonshine, and Music” by fiddler-historian Dennis Stroughmatt, has also been postponed until a September or October date to be determined.

As always, for information about the society or the village’s history, you may inquire at Tiskilwa Historical Society’s website: Once at that site, a question may be sent by clicking “Contact Us,” and submitting the inquiry. In addition, past issues (dating back to March, 2017) of the society’s newsletter, “The Wapsipinicon,” are available at the site. There is also a virtual tour of the Museum on Main and Gallery on Galena as well as photos and locations of Tiskilwa’s former country schools.

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