Museum Excitement in Keithsburg

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Sharon Reason Museum in Keithsburg, IL., opened May 1, 2014. Most of you will be familiar with the Office or the First Room. In this room one can find information about your family's history or the history about the area in general. The following two rooms that most will remember will be The Military and Civil Service Room, and the next room is The Historical Artifacts Room. These two rooms are basically the same as they were ten years ago.

This year you will find two new rooms of interest. The School Room will excite many of you who attended school in Keithsburg in your early grades during the 1950’s – 1960’s. On the other hand, Graduates of Keithsburg High School will enjoy the class pictures of their senior year graduation, as well as, memorabilia from the school. Year books are also available for browsing or finding that special someone. There are items of interest with which the majority of students from the Westmer School District would be more familiar.

Another new room that will interest young and old, and all those in between, is the New room called the Business/Commerce Room. As many pictures of the downtown area during the 1930’s – 1940’s vintage will be displayed in this special room. We are hoping to give everyone some sense of the thriving commerce of Keithsburg at a time when many shops were open and serving the public in a variety of ways. The railroads were also an intricate part of this town's history during the 1940s, 1950s, and 1960s, as well as, the late Nineteen Hundreds. Come learn more about their contribution to this town.

Come see us to view the new and familiar displays in each of the rooms of this museum. We opened May 1, 2014. Call for an appointment to view at your pleasure. You may also be wishing to find information about your family history—we can do that too if you are so inclined.

The number to call will be cell phone number 309) 737-4741 and ask for Donna. You may also call Keithsburg City Hall if you are familiar with that number. Terri will forward the information to me for your appointment, and I will return your call to confirm date and time. See you soon!