Doors Open: Savanna Museum and Cultural Center

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In honor of the Illinois Bicentennial the Savanna Historical Society will be hosting a special free admission weekend at the Museum and Cultural Center located at 406 Main Street on August 18-19 from 11 am-4 pm each day.

Museum Events Chair, Jean Ferris stated, "We are proud and honored to be chosen as one of the many sites with historical significance for the Doors Open event. Our Gene Wright Gallery of Civil War Soldiers, which displays over 100 authentically dressed life sized mannequins, our 1500 sq. ft. HO scale model railroad and Scott Law's "Wayne King, the Waltz King" collections are unique."

The Savanna Museum & Cultural Center offers exciting and constantly changing events and traveling exhibits and contains many displays including the Gallery of Civil War Soldiers telling a hundred short stories of the Civil War. This collection is the life’s work of local history teacher, Professor Gene Wright, who has hand-made over 100 life-size mannequins all dressed in authentic replicas of Civil War era uniforms, each mannequin has his or her own story. From a twelve-year-old drummer boy, to the Greybeard Regiment, to the woman who served as a man, each mannequin shines a light on a special moment in history.

The “Workin’ on the Railroad” Exhibit on the second floor includes a 1000 sq. ft. HO model railroad that tells the story of Savanna’s transcontinental railroad history. This meticulously crafted display is being developed through the artistry of five area scale model club members and model railroad buffs will not want to miss this world class exhibit. The Wayne King room contains a collection of memorabilia that celebrates native son & famous big-band musician, Wayne King. Other displays include many railroad artifacts and items from the now closed Savanna Ordnance Depot.

Event Details

Aug 18 to Aug 19, 2018

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