Category Archives: Washington County Survey

The Pekin Fourth of July Celebration

Recent features of the Rotating Exhibit Network include the Pekin 4th of July Celebration, a patriotic parade and festival that the Pekin community has staged annually since 1830. The town prides itself on this historic event, officially identifying it as … Continue reading

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East Washington Strings

As an intern at TAI in the summer of 2008, I helped document music communities in my home county, Washington.  Based on an article in a local newspaper, I learned about an informal after-school music program at East Washington Elementary.  … Continue reading

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Blue River Music Association

As an intern at TAI in the summer of 2008, I helped document music communities in my home county, Washington.  I paid several visits to the Blue River Music Association in Pekin, participating in and recording music sessions.  The Association … Continue reading

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Images from the 2011 Pekin 4th

Photographer Greg Whitaker helped us capture some images of this year’s Pekin 4th of July Celebration. We’ll be drawing on his work for a TAI Rotating Exhibit Network panel about the celebration. Greg got some great pictures of the Spirit … Continue reading

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Richard Clark, Hide Tanner and Bow Builder

Richard L. Clark practices hide tanning, bow building, and other art forms inspired by his Cherokee heritage.  Clark’s Native American arts draw on his skill as an illustrator and carpenter, as well as dedicated reading and experimentation.  The items he … Continue reading

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WSLM Radio and Television

Don Martin has operated WSLM radio station from “radio ridge” in Salem, Indiana since 1953.  Martin learned radio technology while serving overseas in the Marines, later applying this knowledge to the establishment of WSLM in his home region.  Today, Martin … Continue reading

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Charlyn and Megan Corum, Fiber Artists

Charlyn and Megan Corum are fiber artists from the Salem, Indiana area.  Along with their brother, Vaughn, the Corums have been active in learning, teaching, and selling crafts in a variety of media.  Charlyn’s work currently focuses on knitting, and … Continue reading

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Ralph Bundy, Woodworker

Ralph Bundy of Vallonia, Indiana makes wooden toys, furniture, and wall mountings.  Bundy was introduced to woodworking in high school shop class.  Later in life, Ralph and his wife began saving dimes in their son’s old piggybank, gradually purchasing the … Continue reading

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Julie McDill, Fiber Artist

Julie McDill is a fiber artist who owns and operates Two Be Weavers in Salem, Indiana.  In addition to doing retail business, McDill offers knitting, crocheting, and felting lessons, and works to write patterns for her original fiber artworks.  McDill … Continue reading

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Harold and Jo Ann Jackson, Farmers and Food Preservers

Harold and Jo Ann Jackson raise beef cattle and grow produce on their farm in Salem, Indiana. Both the Jacksons grew up on farms, eventually returning to full-time farming after other careers. In addition to selling at markets and from … Continue reading

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