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Wednesday, December 31, 2008

"Portrait of a Soldier" Exhibit Opens at Museums

The "Portrait of a Soldier" exhibit is open First Night and the first week of January on the upper floor of the Livingston County War Museum. This moving exhibit includes almost 200 hand-drawn portraits of Illinois servicemen and women killed since Sept. 11, 2001.

The exhibit will be on display 10 am to 11 pm Wednesday for Pontiac First Night; 10 am to 5 pm Friday: 10 am to 3 pm Saturday; 10 am to 4 pm Sunday and 11 am to 3 pm Monday. It will be closed on New Year's Day.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Thank You for your Support!

Angela Alford of the Family Readiness Group of the Central Illinois National Guard Families thanks the benefit crowd at the Elks Club on Friday, November 7 2008 in Pontiac IL. Jack Murphy, President of the Livingston County War Museum/ Dal Estes Education Center and Korean War combat veteran is in the center. Willis Harms, museum Board member and World War II combat veteran is on the right.

National Guard Benefit at Elks Club

Our First Annual Benefit was a great success! Thank you to businesses in Pontiac and Livingston and McLean County for your donations on behalf of our local troops about to deploy to Afghanistan! Many thanks to the over 250 people who showed their support by attending the benefit dinner and silent auction! A big salute to the numerous individuals who helped us plan and carry out this wonderful evening. Finally, a special thank you to the Pontiac Elks, Nancy Phillips - restaurant manager and her staff, Doug Bertsche of Prairie Land Gallery in Pontiac for his donation of the Lincoln Memorial print, Bank of Pontiac and Caterpillar for your generous donations, the staff and families of our museum and above all, our Central Illinois National Guard troops and their families.

Juan Ruiz Speaks on Veterans Day (Click to Enlarge)

Juan Ruiz Speaks on Veterans Day II

Monday, November 10, 2008

VETERANS DAY - November 11, 2008

Thank you to all veterans today and always.
We will never forget.

The Livingston County War Museum
Dal Estes Education Center
Pontiac IL
"Honoring Veterans"

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Help Support Our Local Troops! (Click to Enlarge)

Benefit Dinner November 7


Godspeed and Farewell, John.

The War Museum has lost one of our members, John Rodino of Pontiac. John was long a teacher in Pontiac schools and one of "America's Greatest Generation" - the World War II veterans.

John served with the 3rd Infantry Division in Europe and was the radioman for Audie Murphy, America's most decorated hero of World War II. John earned the Combat Infantry Badge, Silver Star medal, Bronze Star medal, French Croix de Guerre with Palms and four battle stars and the Presidential Unit Citation.

John, we will truly miss you. Your impact on Pontiac and its people will last forever.

Jack Murphy, President
Livingston County War Museum

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Visitors from all 50 States!

On August 12, 2008 a visitor from Rhode Island walked into our museum and represented the 50th and final state to enjoy our museum! You'll see from the chart that we also have had visitors from 29 countries. How long will it be until we count the 200 plus country to be represented? Thanks to our great museum visitors from 6 continents! CLICK ON CHART TO ENLARGE.

Sunday, June 29, 2008

A Thoughtful 4th of July


It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.

It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.

It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.

It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.

It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.

It is the Soldier
Who salutes the flag
Who serves under the flag
And whose coffin is draped by the flag
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Elevator is Coming!

Construction of the lobby and elevator to serve the second floors of the War Museum and the 66 Museum has begun! It should be completed before Labor Day. Our thanks to the City of Pontiac and the Byrne-Humiston Trust for their financial support of this
project that means so much to us.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Tuesday, June 3, 2008


Closed Monday
Open Tuesday - Saturday 10 AM - 4 PM
Open Sunday 12 - 4 PM

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Meet Juan Ruiz

Juan is our newest museum board member. He served with the 2nd Battalion, 75th Ranger Regiment in Iraq and Afghanistan.
His decorations include: Combat Infantry Badge, Parachute wings, Purple Heart, Joint Service Commendation medal with "V" for Valor, Army Commendation medal with "V" for Valor, Army Achievement with Oak Leaf cluster for second award, Army Good Conduct medal, National Defense medal, Afghanistan Campaign medal, Iraq Campaign medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary medal, Army Service medal, Army overseas service ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf cluster for second award, Army Valorious Unit Citation with three Oak Leaf clusters for second, third and fourth awards, Expert Rifleman badge.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Tri-Point visit 1 (Double-click)

Tri-Point High School visit 2

Harold and Arlene Wagner (Double click)

Author, Lecturer, Poet visits

Ransom Grade School visits

Brits visit

Lord Mayor of Canterbury England visits

Chinese students from Heartland Community College

Pontiac Township High School visit

Pontiac Township High School visit

Flanagan High School visit

Friday, February 15, 2008

Wib Henkel - We Will Remember...

We lost a good friend and important part of our museum community when Wib Henkel passed away recently. Wib always had a twinkle in his eye and a great laugh. He always was able to find the best in people. We are sad but fortunate that he lead a long and productive life and was able to share some of his life with us.
During World War II, Wib was in the U.S. Army for three years and eight months, serving overseas two years and three months with "C" Battery of the 141st Field Artillery in communications. He served in North Africa, Italy, France and Germany. He earned six campaign stars (one arrowhead for the invasion of Southern France) and the French Order of Saint Barbara.
Thank you, Wib, for the gift of your friendship.
The Museum staff