The historic Washington Theater located in downtown Quincy is the only remaining theater of several that were found along or near Hampshire street in the 1920’s. These entertainment establishments formed Quincy’s very own “Great White Way”. A crowd of 5,000 flocked to the Washington Theater for the grand opening on June 19, 1924 to see vaudeville acts that traveled to Quincy from all across the country. Going to a movie house like the Washington Theater about 100 years ago looked drastically different from what going to the movies looks like today. Movies in the 1920’s cost about a nickel and provided a much greater variety of entertainment. Not only would you get to see a silent or talkie film, but your ticket also provided you with the opportunity to see live performances such as vaudeville acts with in person accompaniments.
With Memorial Day on the horizon, it’s a time for people to reflect on their heritage and honor those who gave their lives for our freedoms. It’s a time to decorate the graves of your loved ones, fly the flag, and it has normally been a time to attend a Memorial Day Service organized by local VFW and American Legion members displaying flags, giving speeches, and playing taps. This year the remembrance will look different.
Local museums offer exhibits honoring local service members during different times of conflict including the All Wars Museum at the Illinois Veterans Home, Quincy Museum, and History Museum on Washington Square. You can take a virtual tour of these on Arts Quincy’s Facebook page on the video tab.
The American military in the 21st century is diverse and reflects the complexities of the country and the current times. '100 Faces of War," a traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian, presents the stories of those who served the U.S. in the Iraq and Afganistan wars.
The exhibition, organized in collaboration with artist Matt Mitchell, features 100 oil portraits of Americans representing a cross-section of home states, military branches, jobs and backgrounds. Each painting includes a candid, unedited, firsthand account of war. The statements take many different forms, including emails and letters to loved ones and poems and words written specifically for this exhibition.
As home to the oldest Veterans Home in Illinois and American Legion Post 37, as well as being host of a variety of veteran fundraisers, events and services throughout the year, Quincy, Illinois has long valued the dedication and lives of our country’s veterans. It’s because of this The Art Center is excited to host this traveling exhibition by the Smithsonian Institution in collaboration with artist Matt Mitchell.
The Quincy Museum is located in the historic Newcomb-Stillwell Mansion at 16th and Maine Streets. The 1891 mansion is a beautiful example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture and is located on one corner of what National Geographic Magazine identified as “one of the most architecturally significant intersections in the United States.”
The Newcomb-Stillwell Mansion was originally the home of Richard F. Newcomb, Quincy businessman and civic booster and later, his son-in-law, John Stillwell, one of the founders of the Electric Wheel Company. The Mansion features gorgeous stained glass windows on all three floors as well as seven different types of wood, ornate fireplaces and hand-laid mosaic tile. The Quincy Museum offers guided tours of the beautifully restored first floor and self-guided tours of the second and third floors. The second floor contains a restored bedroom and changing exhibits of local interest. The third floor features our ballroom and family-friendly exhibits on Dinosaurs, Native Americans and Mississippi Wildlife. The Museum Gift Shop features American Girl dolls and accessories, old-fashioned toys, and items related to our current exhibits.
Located in the heart of downtown and in Quincy’s Historic German District, the Dick Brothers Brewery District is a complex that is alive with magnificent architecture and mysterious tunnels below the street. The buildings house a museum, gallery, studio spaces for artists, places for events big and small, and much more!
Dick Brothers Brewery was founded by three brothers. In 1857, the brewery started producing and shipping beer, reaching 70,000 barrels at its peak, making Dick Brothers Brewery the largest in the Midwest at the time.
It’s going to be a very different Mother’s Day for most families. There won’t be fancy dinners out, trips to see a local play or other special activities we normally associate with mom’s special day. Instead, we’ll be sheltering in place and social distancing.
Fun, right? Well, actually, it can be. We’ve come up with several fun ways for you to enjoy this year’s Mother’s Day without ever leaving the house. Check out our creative suggestions below and get ready for a very different, but still very special Mother’s Day 2020.
(Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 10.)
Thank you Isabella and Jackson Weppler of Ursa for providing this fun activity! Isabella is in fifth grade at Unity Middle School and Jackson is in fourth grade at Unity Elementary School.
The tin foil boat challenge asks kids to think outside the box and build a unique boat that will float and hold 100 pennies. This two-part experiment can be done with items you already have around your home. To set up, give kids a sheet of tin foil and present them with other materials that will help them build a stable boat. Some supplies that may be useful include wooden craft sticks, straws, pipe cleaners, tape and glue. Next, you’ll fill a large sink or a clear storage tote with water. If weather allows, this activity is best outdoors!
The first weekend in May has traditionally been reserved to celebrate the emergence of spring here in Quincy. The city’s ornamental trees are in full bloom, flower beds are popping with color, birds sing, bees and butterflies dance above the green grass and flowers, and people are coming out of hibernation to enjoy the outdoors. For 50 years, Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce has brought our community together during the annual Dogwood Parade. Hundreds of local businesses and organizations sign up to participate while thousands of people line the sidewalks of Maine Street to enjoy the atmosphere, the abundance of architectural treasures and the company of their families and neighbors.
More recently, Lincoln in the District Festival would be happening on the square along with The District’s Farmers Market and many businesses and restaurants open to serve patrons. The Quincy Park District would also have the city’s numerous parks open for everyone to enjoy. Let’s not forget the local museums and historic sites that would typically be open for people to discover and explore local heritage.
Although 2020 has brought an unprecedented disruption to daily life to the entire world, these time honored traditions are something that must be commemorated. The show must go on! Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with Great River Economic Development Foundation and The District are holding a new kind of Dogwood Parade this Saturday, May 2 in honor of our healthcare workers on the frontlines: Honk for Healthcare Workers Cruise!
Did you know we have a historical site right in our back yard along the Mississippi River? Quinissippi Island, located across from Quincy Park District off of the Quincy bay, has over the years been the location for many attractions. This Island has been the home for an animal zoo, a steam locomotive, a Ferris Wheel, and even a cable car that would take you over the Quincy Bay. Today, Quinissippi Island is the home of a marina for boat enthusiasts, and a playground and picnic area for family get togethers. What you may not know is that Quinissippi Island is home to a local setting, a Lincoln-era village complete with log cabins and other historical buildings.
The Lincoln-era village is located in the middle of Quinsippi Island near the playground. This cabin village consists of three log cabins with another one waiting to be reassembled, an herb garden, a stone smoke house, a log corn crib, and a log church. Built in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s, this village was designed to give the people of today a glimpse of what life was like in the time of Lincoln.
Is it a liquid or is it a solid? Oobleck!
Thank you Paige and Gavin Schumacher for providing this fun activity! Paige is 17 and a junior at QHS. Gavin is 14 and a freshman at QHS.
It’s sometimes difficult for my brother to agree with me on a project, but we’ve always loved doing an activity that mixes art, science, books and a mess! You may have heard about oobleck in science, but we first read about it in Dr. Seuss’s book Bartholomew and the Oobleck. In the story, the king wants something new to happen. The result, a magician makes oobleck fall from the sky and it’s impossible to remove (except through the power of a sincere apology, of course.) While not magical, this homemade oobleck is even more amazing. This project is fun for families of all ages and clean-up is just hot water and a rag! So, get to making your own oobleck!