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Canal’s story told in miniature

Diorama loaned to historical society for display in museum

Published: Saturday, June 22, 2013 5:00 a.m. CDT
A section of a nine-foot diorama depicting the Aux Sable locks on the I & M Canal is prepared in advance of being moved into the Museum of the Grundy County Historical Society for display.

The Museum of the Grundy County Historical Society was delighted to receive a phone call explaining that an exhibit of the Aux Sable locks on the I&M Canal was not being used at another museum and that it was available to the local museum if desired.

Society members were also delighted the owners came to install the exhibit, as it is fashioned in a manner that allows it to be taken apart and moved.

This exhibit was very much desired here because it illustrates very clearly what an aqueduct looks like, as well as how barges passed one another when the canal was operating.

The exhibit, which is nine feet in length, is a beautiful representation of modeling in detail, with a horse-drawn barge with horses on the path and the barge on the artificial canal. 

Please visit the Museum at 510 W. Illinois during the upcoming Liberty Days, June 27 through July 3.

Celebrate Liberty Days by looking at an exhibit that demonstrates how the Canal worked. This area would not have developed without the canal, which impacted the development of Morris and the surrounding areas. 

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