The Governor John Wood Mansion, one of the oldest and most iconic homes in Illinois, is undergoing significant renovations this fall. The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County (HSQAC) has planned more than $31,000 in painting projects, HVAC upgrades, building repairs and restoration projects. Both the John Wood Mansion and History Museum at 4th and Maine are part of these improvements.
The beautiful wrap-around porch at the founder’s home is getting a major overhaul with several rotted floorboards, balusters, stairs and railings being either repaired or replaced. Included in the restoration efforts are extensive painting projects with the north side of the Mansion, the wrap-around porch, several shutters and doors, and the entire picket fence at the edge of the property being power washed and painted. Work is being done by Paul Womack (painting), Daniel Nutt (carpentry) and Freiburg Construction (restoration.)
The Historical Society believes maintaining the John Wood Mansion and History Museum are critical to the mission of the organization. HSQAC Board Member Chuck Radel emphasized the importance of restoring the mansion when he said, “I think it’s probably a crown jewel of Quincy and something that the entire community can be proud of. Our job as a Historical Society is to preserve, educate and make people aware of their past. And this is a period-appropriate restoration, so people can literally walk through the past year and understand their history that much better.”
The Historical Society depends on the community and its members to continue to preserve and protect our iconic buildings. The HSQAC would like to thank Quincy Preserves for a $7,500 grant to help pay for the porch repairs. The Society would also like to thank the 86 Builder level ($100) members. All the proceeds from the Builder memberships go directly to preserving the Mansion and the History Museum. If you would like to upgrade your membership to Builder level, please call the HSQAC offices at 217-222-1835.
Quincy Public Library will host a kick-off party for the NEA Big Read, to engage community members of all ages, on September 14 from 4 to 6 pm at Upper Moorman Park. Pick up a free book; enjoy some light refreshments, music, and exciting children’s activities. Alderman Tom Ernst will give the welcome, followed by an insightful talk about the Big Read book choice, Five Skies by Ron Carlson, by Dr. Mark Mossman from Western Illinois University.
The NEA Big Read selection and the corresponding Little Read selections are all about pushing the boundaries – setting a high goal – and extending oneself beyond what’s thought possible – and in small and large ways learning more about oneself and one’s capacity for work and adventure. Readers may choose to receive one free copy of Five Skies by Ron Carlson, Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, or Flat Stanley Goes Camping by Jeff Brown and Macky Pamintuan.
Books and refreshments will be available on a first come basis, as long as supplies last.
In the month following the kick off, readers of all ages can participate in special Big Read events. Adult Monday movies will feature exciting films highlighting experiences similar to the story in Five Skies. Special events include a visit with the Harley Owner’s Group, to learn about motorcycles and motorcycle touring; a talk and photos showing the landscape and wildlife of the Mark Twain National Forest; and a Skype discussion with Five Skies author Ron Carlson.
Quincy Art Center will join in the NEA Big Read, through September 30, with the Big Scapes exhibit, artwork from Quincy Art Center’s collection that highlights wide open spaces, similar to that found in Five Skies.
Teen readers are invited to participate in book discussions, a survivalist cooking workshop, and a Western round-up.
The concurrent Little Read allows the youngest readers to learn about adventure and the great outdoors in exciting story times and lively family programs, including Big Trucks, a chance to cozy up to a dump truck and back hoe; and an opportunity to pet turtles, crawdads and fish with a presentation from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources.
Book discussions create opportunities for a community to explore together the common themes and current issues that are relevant in our lives. Quincy’s Big Read will host many book discussions, including one with the author of Five Skies, Ron Carlson.
To see a full list of NEA Big Read and Little Read events and book discussions, visit quincylibrary.org.
The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. The NEA Big Read broadens our understanding of the world, our communities, and ourselves through the joy of sharing a good book. Showcasing a diverse range of contemporary titles that reflect many different voices and perspective, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire conversation and discovery.
The NEA grant brings federal funds to the Quincy area. Local support for Quincy’s Big Read is provided by the Friends of the Quincy Public Library, Blessing Health System, the Regional office of Education, Knapheide Manufacturing, and additional business and individual donors. This program was also made possible in part by a grant from the Paul H and Anne B Gardner Memorial Fund through the Community Foundation.
Additional information is available online at quincylibrary.org or at neabigread.org, or by calling Quincy Public Library at 217-223-1309.
The mission of the Quincy Public Library is to provide its patrons with materials, facilities and programs to meet lifelong learning, cultural and recreational needs.
The familiar first notes of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony will launch a 5k run/walk benefiting youth music programs through Encore!, the volunteer council for Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association.
Come join the race on Saturday, September 16 at 8 am at the Wavering Park baseball diamond. The race is professionally chip-timed and medals will be awarded to men’s and women’s top 3 finishers plus everyone who beats the time 28 minutes 29 seconds (the performing time for the 5th Symphony).
A free t-shirt will be available to those who register by September 1. The cost is $30 for individuals and $90 for families of 4 residing at the same address.
Encore! supports not only the Quincy Symphony Orchestra, but also many youth music initiatives in Quincy and surrounding communities including:
Summer Music Camp Scholarships (Quincy and Regional Students)
Quincy Public Schools Music Departments
Quincy Parochial Schools Music Departments
Quincy Area Youth Chorus
Quincy Area Youth Orchestra
Kinderchoir (Children's Chorus)
Annual Young Artists Competition & Concert
Stipends for students playing with the Symphony Orchestra
Annual Young People's Concert for Area Third - Sixth grade students
For more information about this event and more, visit www.beatbeethovenquincy.com.
The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum Honored by True West Magazine
Hundreds of museums celebrate the American West (including more than a few east of the Mississippi). ButTrue West magazine says The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum is one of the best.
The entire list of best museums is in True West's September 2017 issue, on newsstands now.
"Mark Twain is one of the most important chronicler of the development of the West," says True West Executive Editor Bob Boze Bell. "The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum does a great job of showing his life and his work. It's truly a great Western museum."
Two-time Spur Award-winning writer Candy Moulton and the editors of True West selected the winners for this annual award based on extensive travels, research and firsthand experiences in visiting dozens of Western museums each year.
Moulton cited the museum for its size and scope, including five buildings and two museums that display personal items from Twain's life as well as a number of exhibits of his times and works.
True West Magazine's Top 10 Western Museums includes:
10. The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum, Hannibal, MO9. Cultural Heritage Center, Pierre, SD
8. Silver City Museum, Silver City, NM
7. Tombstone Courthouse State Historic Park, Tombstone, AZ
6. Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, TX
5. Old Cowtown, Wichita, KS
4. The Brinton Museum, Big Horn, WY
3. Western Spirit: Scottsdale's Museum of the West, Scottsdale, AZ
2. The Witte Museum, San Antonio, TX
1. The Buffalo Bill Center of the West, Cody, WY
The True West museum feature lists other institutions of note--including regional standouts--and the "Best Western Art Museums," led by the Sid Richardson Museum in Fort Worth, TX.
True West magazine is in its 65th year of leading the way in presenting the true stories of Old West adventure, history, culture and preservation.
Museum Nominated by USA Today
USA Today 10Best announced The Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum as one of the twenty candidates selected as nominees in their USA Today 10Best Attractions in Missouri award.
Online voting, by the public, will determine the Top 10Best Missouri attractions by USA Today's travel edition. Visitors on the 10Best website can cast one vote per attraction per day.
The Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum is in some good company with other attractions from around the Show-Me State including the Gateway Arch and City Museum in Saint Louis, Branson's Entertainment District, Harry S. Truman Library and Museum and Meramec Caverns.
The Best Missouri Attraction contest writers note, "One of the most populated states in the Great Plains, Missouri has it all - big city attractions in St. Louis and Kansas City and wild, open places like the rolling Ozark Mountains."
Voting ends at noon, Monday, Aug. 28.
Friends of the Log Cabins are raising funds to restore and rebuild the Fraser Log Cabin on a new foundation, which will be above the 100 year flood level. The cabin is a former stagecoach stop. Your help is needed to reach the goal of $40,000.
Gift cards and baskets will be raffled off in a drawing for prizes on Saturday, September 9 at the end of Frontier Settlement Day at the Log Cabin Village. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six or $5. Download the raffle ticket here. Tickets and donation can be mailed to: Friends of the Log Cabins, P.O. Box 3122, Quincy, IL 62305 or can be dropped off Saturday, Sept. 9 during Frontier Settlement Day. You do not need to be present to win.
During the Friends of the Log Cabins 10th Anniversary Annual Meeting in May, 2017, Terry Mitten was named Volunteer of the Year. Mitten is a board member and consistently volunteers for work days and events at the Village as well as donates souvenirs he has made out of wood and brings new ideas to promote the village.
Upcoming workdays in the village are scheduled for August 19 and September 2. Plans are to finish the work on the Fraser Log Cabin Foundation and continue work on the Log Corn Crib in August. September 2 will be a clean-up day to prepare the village for Frontier Settlement Day on September 9.
For any of the three workdays, no previous experience is necessary, just a willingness to help restore these unique historic structures. No need to call ahead, just show up ready to help.
The Lincoln-era Log Cabin Village is located on Quinsippi Island, accessed via All America Park.
For those interested in seeing these historic structures, the Village is open to view every day from dawn to dusk. For more information on tours and events email email@example.com.
In the past, Quincy’s position as a river and rail town, bursting with hard workers and frequent riverboat or railroad visitors, resulted in a small metropolis offering the proverbial “tavern on every corner.” The Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County will indulge history lovers in saloon and tavern lore during its final Summer City Trolley Tour on Saturday, August 5.
From approximately Twelfth Street, west to the river, there are signs of current or former neighborhood taverns on many, many corners. Saloons were as much an important element of the neighborhood as the church and grocery store. The downtown area was not lacking saloons, although some of these doubled as ‘hotels,’ offering overnight stays for 12 cents. Others were adjacent to entertainment sites or resorts. One downtown tavern is purported to have been visited by Abraham Lincoln and plenty were “men only” establishments.
Many of these taverns were housed in buildings indistinguishable from the neighboring houses, except for possible signage. Saloon keepers often lived behind the tavern or upstairs and their children worked at the family business at a young age. In many instances, Quincy and Adams County taverns were owned and operated by the same family for generations.
Quincy tavern history and lore can be divided into four time periods: 1800s until Prohibition, Prohibition, post-Prohibition to World War II, and after World War II. The tour will visit sites from each time period. At multiple sites on the trolley excursion, tour-goers can “belly up to the bar,” with an option to order their favorite beverage on their own dime. All tour-goers must be at least 21 years of age.
Seating for this popular event is limited. Tickets are $25 each for the approximately three hour tour. The tour departs at 1 pm from the History Museum. Prior trolley events have sold out, so call the History Museum at 217-222-1835 for availability.
Being Mortal, the best-selling book by Atul Gawande, will be the focus of two events at Quincy Public Library.
A PBS Frontline documentary based on the book will be shown on Monday, July 24 at 1 pm and 5 pm. On Wednesday, July 26 at 4 pm, geriatrician Dave Lockhart, M.D. will lead a discussion about the ideas presented in the book. Both events are free and open to the public, although reservations are requested.
In Being Mortal, Gawande, a practicing surgeon, shows that the ultimate goal of health care should be “not a good death, but a good life – all the way to the very end.” He shares stories from people who show how to have the hard conversations in order to ensure that what people really care about is not sacrificed.
According to the New York Times, the book is a “call for a change in the philosophy of health care, to enable well-being, rather than ensuring health and survival. The book is a call to commit ourselves to creating better options and making choices with the goal of a purposeful life in mind.”
Reservations may be made at quincylibrary.org, or by calling Quincy Public Library at 217-223-1309.
The Great River Genealogical Society is very honored to be able to bring “A Day of German Research Instruction” to the Quincy Public Library on Saturday, September 30, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Teresa Steinkamp McMillin, CGSM will lead an all-day Lecture Series entitled A Day of German Research Instruction. Topics include:
9:00 – 10:00 am: Oh Where, Oh Where are My Ancestors From?
10:30 – 11:30am: Hunting For Henry: A Case Study Using Collaterals
Lunch break: 11:30am-1:00pm
1:00 – 2:00pm: Untangle the Web of Germanic Websites
2:30 – 3:30pm: Demystify Ancestry and FamilySearch
Cost: GRGS member: $30 – Non-GRGS member: $35 – Register before midnight September 20, 2017 – Seating is Limited – Register Early
Register after September 20, 2017: $40
Box Lunch optional: $10 Direct questions to (573) 221-9132 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration forms may be picked up in the Illinois Room at the Quincy Public Library, 526 Jersey, Quincy or can be downloaded here and mailed to: Great River Genealogical Society, c/o Quincy Public Library, 526 Jersey, Quincy , IL 62301-3927..
Quincy Preserves recently awarded two $1,000 scholarships at its annual membership picnic held Tuesday, June 20 at the Lincoln-era Log Cabin Village on Quinsippi Island.
The 2017 Quincy Preserves Scholarship recipients are:
Ginny Steinkamp (left) graduated from Quincy Notre Dame. Her parents are Dale and Wendy Steinkamp. She will be attending Benedictine College (KS) majoring in Theology/Psychology.
Grace Ruxlow, (right) graduated from Quincy High School. Her parents are Kai and Jill Ruxlow. She will be attending Southern Illinois University majoring in Microbiology.
Two scholarships, $1000 each, are awarded to eligible Adams County Seniors. Scholarship information goes out to senior high counselors in October. Interested seniors could contact their guidance counselor and/or Quincy Preserves for information to apply for 2018 scholarships.
For more information about Quincy Preserves or becoming a member, go to quincypreserves.org or facebook.com/QuincyPreserves.
Quincy Community Theatre (QCT) has expanded its theatrical education program to include more courses over the summer! This will create additional opportunities for children, teens, and adults to engage with theatre in new ways.
“Our summer classes are a wonderful way for children and adults to try something new and engage with our theatre in a new way,” said Head of Education Instructor Kelsey Celek. “Newcomers and seasoned veterans alike will find new adventures within our expanded summer program!”
Each course is designed to give people of all ages a safe space to explore different topics, refine their acting training and technique, enhance their interpersonal and public speaking skills, gain confidence, meet other creative individuals, and try something new!
Tuition information is available online or at the QCT Box Office. Scholarships are available. Applications can be found online at 1qct.org/education/scholarships or at the QCT Box Office.
A program using volunteer work at the theatre to pay for classes or earn theatre tickets is also available for parents and students ages 10+. For more information, visit 1qct.org/education/class-punch-cards/.
For more information about the classes or to register online, visit 1qct.org or call 217-222-3209.
Art Camps All Ages
Register for Quincy Art Center’s Summer Art Camp before classes fill up! Classes such as Action Painting, Art Meets Science and Introduction to Theatre Design will help kids to create, imagine, and learn!
Art classes are a great way to get kids off the couch and get them engaged and learning while also having fun. Students will express their creativity and meet other students that are interested in the same things as they are!
Classes start June 12 for Pre–K through 8th grade and meet Monday through Thursday. New sessions begin each week. Morning sessions run from 9–11 am and afternoon sessions meet from 1–4 pm.
To ensure the best possible experience for your child, class sizes are capped at 10 students. Classes fill up fast so register your child today by calling 217-223-5900, visiting quincyartcenter.org/education, or visit the Quincy Art Center at 1515 Jersey.
Members receive a $5 discount on each class. Scholarships are available. Email Steven Stoll, Art Education Coordinator, at email@example.com with any questions.
American Girl Classes
The Quincy Museum is proud to announce the 2017 Elizabeth Newcomb-Stillwell’s Classes for Young Ladies!
All of these summer classes allow girls to create foods and crafts from the times and places represented by the American Girl series of dolls.
Weekly classes are scheduled in both June and July. A new set of classes begin June 19, June 26, July 10 and July 17.
All classes will be held from 10 am until 12 pm and will include a special party for girls and their guests each Friday.
Call Quincy Museum at 217-224-7669, or visit thequincymuseum.org or the museum’s Facebook page for more information.
The Bridge to the Future Can Be Built with Books!
Quincy Public Library’s (QPL) Summer Reading Program, Reading by Design, is underway! QPL will host exciting summer reading events during June and July for all ages. In addition to story times on Tuesdays and Thursdays, young readers will enjoy these fun activities:
Teens can read and win prizes, too! Activities for teens include movies with free popcorn and soda, a teen poetry challenge to honor the Pulitzer-prize winning Gwendolyn Brooks, a t-shirt workshop, as well as the regular Wii Wednesdays, TAB meetings, and book discussion groups.
Adults will enjoy programs including a poetry reading featuring author Gwendolyn Brooks, tours of the Quincy Community Theatre, a steampunk jewelry workshop, and a discussion of the book Being Mortal with geriatrician Dr. David Lockhart. Reading logs and prizes are available for adults too, so the whole family can be engaged with the summer reading fun!
This year, it’s even easier for kids and teens to get to the library to participate. Readers under the age of 18 may ride Quincy Transit Lines city buses to the library for free when they show a valid QPL card. (Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by a guardian.) Free bus rides to the library will be available all summer from June 1 to August 30.
Summer reading events are free and open to the public, but reservations are requested in order to ensure adequate materials and space is available. Reservations can be made at the library or online at quincylibrary.org.