Mount Pulaski Township Historical Museum
2004 - Restoration - 2005
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Progress - Mar 1, 2005
The museum restoration (upper two floors) is under the direction of Mrs. Betty Hickey, widowed wife of deceased Mr. James Hickey, former curator of the Lincoln Collection at the Illinois State Historical Library (which is now located in the new Abraham Lincoln Memorial Library).
A year ago, the two balcony rooms (see above picture - left) were completely restored by Jim Irish. The Danner Trust provided the funds for these balcony restorations. The balconies had to be completely renovated. Even new flooring had to be replaced on the inside next to the balconies. These buildings were built in the late 1890's. The writing "Mt. Pulaski Historical Museum" at the top of these two buildings is an artist rendition and has not been accomplished as of this date.
There are ten rooms on the upper two levels of the
former Thomas & Homer Harris Brothers Law building (once
the 1st National Bank and Romer's Tavern) undergoing
extensive renovation. Walls, floors,
ceilings, windows, window casings, doors, sky lights, chair rails, wainscoting,
and lighting are
being cleaned, fixed, refinished, and restored to period times.
Sanding, scraping, patching, dry-walling, re-flooring, scrubbing,
painting, and wall-papering are being accomplished. Furniture,
wall hangings, fixtures, displays and display cases are
needed. Jim Irish is spearheading the finish work on the
walls, ceilings, window casings, and floors. Betty Hickey and Gini
Bertoni are working diligently on this project. Tom Stephens has spent hundreds of hours on the
electrical work as well as on the fixing, patching, and repairing of walls,
floors, window casings and doors. At one time or another, Bill
Powell, Pat Przykopanski, Tom Martin, Bob McCue and Phil Bertoni have lent a hand.
Pulaskians, former Mount Pulaskians, friends & relatives of
present & former Mount Pulaskians, and neighboring Mount Pulaski
Township folk - please let us know if you have items that may be
suitable for any of these rooms. Many items have already
been donated and some cash donations have also been received. Any
donation can be taken off at tax time, since the Mt. Pulaski Township
Historical Society and Museum is a tax-free entity. Cash
donations in large amounts, and donated antique or expensive items will
continue to be recognized on plaques and labels throughout the
museum. The bottom two floors of the museum will continue to be
open to visitors during this restoration period.