Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Tazewell County Museum & Educational Center Announces Exhibit

You are invited to attend the Space Quilt Exhibit Premier Exhibit at the Tazewell County Museum & Educational Center, 2950 Court St., Pekin Friday September 10th from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Around 6:30 p.m. Astronaut Scott Altman will be appearing to congratulate the winners of the design contest that features designs related to space. These winners were chosen from age groups of pre-school to adult last fall. Winners are from Pekin, Mackinaw, Tremont and Green Valley.

These exciting designs were chosen by a committee at Illinois Central College and these winners were previously announced in Morton. The chosen designs were taken to Illinois Central College and enlarged. Then a team of quilters under the direction of Joyce McCloud has spent the last year cutting, sewing, embroidering and assembling the fabric with a piece of gold lame fabric that was flown in space with Astronaut Scott Altman in his last flight on STS-125 to the Hubble Space Telescope. Each quilt has a piece of this fabric somewhere in each of the 12 quilts. Our quilters are: Deborah Lathrop, Mary Mize and Joyce McCloud.

Also, on Friday Evening we will be presenting the newest items in the Astronaut Scott Altman Room in the Museum. NASA has donated to the museum items from the shuttle ATLANTIS that was flown on Altman's last flight, among these is an extremely rare nose cone from one of the two booster rockets and 12 other items that made this the last mission to the Hubble Space Telescope.

This display will also be shown on Saturday from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m.

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