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COMMUNITY BRIEFS: Seneca Historical Guild hosting mini-museum during Shipyard Days

SENECA — The Seneca Historical Guild will give visitors to Seneca Shipyard Days this weekend a glimpse of the Guild’s proposed museum project with their “mini-museum.

The mini-museum is being housed at the former Aubry Electric building on the corner of Armour and Bridge Streets.

The former Seneca Train Depot is currently being moved and prepared to eventually house a permanent display area for pieces from Seneca’s history. Displays will include Shipyard artifacts, depot memorabilia, and other items from Seneca’s past.

“We are very grateful to Dave Spicer who now owns the building and is permitting us to use it next week,” said Guild member Doug Wood of the Aubry Electric facility. “This will allow us to a have a convenient location to temporarily display items and pictures that will be of great interest to those studying Seneca History and Shipyard History in particular.” 

Guests will also be able to pre-order the book, “The Story of Seneca, Illinois,” which is currently being produced by the Guild in order to be ready for the 2015 Sesquicentennial.  

Books ordered by July 1, 2013, will be $40. The price will increase by $10 after that date.

Guild members will be on hand during Shipyard Days to take orders and discuss family/business history pages and sponsorship pages with community members. More information and online ordering is available at

The Guild, from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, June 22, will also be conducting tours of the Hogan Grain Elevator, built in 1861 and located along the I & M Canal.

Morris Library to have tie-dye craft for teens

Hang at the Morris Library at 1 p.m. on Friday, June 28, and tie-dye some groovy threads. Library staffers can help getcha lookin’ sharp!

Register by calling (815) 942-6880 or stop in to the library by Monday, June 24. Indicate your shirt size when you sign up. 

This program is free and open to all teens registered for the Summer Reading Program. 

The Morris Area Public Library is located at 604 Liberty Street in Morris.

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