April and May, 2018
APRIL: April 14, 1865 President Abraham Lincoln shot at Fords Theater.
April 15, 1865 Abraham Lincoln dies at 7:20 a.m. at the Peterson Boarding House
April 14-15, 1912 The British liner TITANIC sinks after striking an ice burg in the
North Atlantic, taking the lives of more than 1,500 persons.
MAY: May 18,1917 The Selective Service Act is passed by Congress after weeks of debate
and strong opposition by Republicans. 3,000,000 men will be drafted.
May 12: Carl E. Miller Recognition Day. To be held at Veterans Point at the site of the Carl
E. Miller memorial on Main Street in Heyworth. Short ceremony at 11:00 a.m. Carl E. Miller
was the first American from McLean County killed in World War I.
May 13: REMEMBER Mother’s Day
May 19: ARMED FORCES DAY
May 27: Heyworth Memorial Day Services. Starting promptly at 2:00 p.m. at the Carl E. Miller
American Legion Post 624.
May 28: Memorial Day Services at Chenoa, Illinois. President Abraham Lincoln (Gary Simpkins)
will be the guest speaker.
1. The museum will be open for the 2018 season during the regular open hours of 1:00 – 5:00 Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. It will also be open during the year by special appointment. Groups are encouraged to tour the museum.
2. The Simpkins Military History Museum has a special exhibit for the 100 year anniversary of the United States involvement in World War I. There is a permanent display of World War I items and then a special extended exhibit that will be set up from March 2017 to November 2018. This is the 100th year anniversary. Stop in to see what the World War I veterans wore and their equipment.
ATTENTION – 32TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIG ISLAND RENDEZVOUS: Upcoming in 2018 – Big Island Rendezvous -October 6 and 7, 2018 at Albert Lea, Minnesota. This is an exciting living history event to attend in a beautiful fall setting on Lake Albert Lea. Everyone is encouraged to walk through the camps, visit with the reenactors, and ask questions. There are fur traders living in lodges, tomahawk throwing contests, live cannon firing plus many other demonstrations. (Do you know how to skin a beaver?) There are soldiers representing the Mexican War, Civil War soldiers, cowboys, and Abraham and Mary Lincoln. Great food vendors and live musical entertainment all day. October 4 and 6 are education days for school students and is open to the public on Saturday, October 6 from 9:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. and Sunday October 7 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
THE SIMPKINS MILITARY HISTORY MUSEUM WILL BE CLOSED DURING THE MONTHS OF DECEMBER, JANUARY, AND FEBRUARY. PLEASE CALL IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR WOULD LIKE TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT DURING THESE 3 MONTHS. 309-473-3989.