Thursday August 22, 2013 at 3:00 pm

Scott County Administrative Center

Room 638

600 W. 4th St. Davenport, Iowa

1. Roll Call:  Barber, Drummond, Scheibe

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Approval of Minutes

4. Election of Officers

Current Officers:  Chairperson:  Dale Barber

Secretary: Carolyn Scheibe

Treasurer: Wilma Drummond

5. Approval of authorization of debt payment.

6. Other items of interest.

Building a Following is a Marathon, Not a Sprint,
Says Corporate Exec-Turned-Novelist

If you want people to read your book, you have to be more than a talented storyteller or researcher - you will need plenty of persistence, says Darlene Quinn, a 75-year-old award-winning novelist whose passion for the written word trumped her lucrative position as a top executive at the legendary Bullocks Wilshire department stores.

"Sometimes an author has it easy; either they're already a celebrity, or their name has been widely reported in a major public scandal - or both - but not even those criteria guarantee readership," says Quinn, author of "Unpredictable Webs", (www.darlenequinn.net), the newest in her stand-alone series of suspense-filled dramatic novels.

"Many authors will tell you just don't get into the book-writing business, because writing something that people will want to read is challenge enough. Then you face the daunting process of getting people to buy it!"

She offers these tips for getting your book in front of the masses - and enticing them to buy it.

• Draw on the strengths that helped you meet previous challenges: Quinn found professional footing decades ago, in a time when it was rare for women to rise to executive positions. After earning a bachelor's at San Jose State University, she became a schoolteacher. She later climbed her way up to working as a department store executive during a time of tremendous upheaval in the retail fashion industry. The tenacity and perseverance required to achieve that dream served her well when she fixed on another dream - writing - late in life. She sharpened her writing chops by penning articles for trade journals, magazines and newspapers.

• Book awards: Simply entering your book in a contest gives it some exposure. Should it be selected for an award, you've got a great marketing tool that can open doors otherwise closed to you. Awards sticker or seals, which can be added to the book cover, can help persuade book stores to carry it. The press release announcing winners of local, national or international book awards also trigger Google Alerts, positively increasing exposure. Announcements of winners prior to publication alert avid readers to upcoming releases.

• Book awards II: Do your research; make sure that the contest is well-established and legit. Read the rules, and if at all possible, research the judges who will be reviewing the books. Try to avoid contests that have high entry fees and those that appear to be non-discriminating. National and international contests such as the Indie Book Awards, Writers Digest Book Awards, USA Best Book Awards Reader's Favorites, and International Best Book Award (sponsored by USA Book News) are just a few respectable contests that meet these criteria. There are also many legitimate regional and local book contests to consider.

• Quality in every respect: With power comes responsibility. In the past, the only real hope an author had of being read by anyone beyond his or her immediate family was going through a major publisher. Today, authors can take production matters into their own hands with self- or independent publishing, which may lead to a contract with a major book company. Either way, a writer should ensure quality in every aspect -- from the plot and characters, to the cover art, design and paper. Make sure the book is edited by an objective professional.

About Darlene Quinn

Darlene Quinn is an author and journalist from Long Beach, Calif., whose novels about deceit, intrigue and glamour in the retail fashion industry were inspired by her years with Bullocks Wilshire specialty department stores. Her newest, Unpredictable Webs, is the winner of the Beverly Hills Book Awards for Excellence in Fiction and was selected as the number-one President's choice before publication. The novel continues her series, including Webs of Fate, which won the 2011 Reader's Favorites Award before it hit bookshelves; Webs of Power, winner of a 2009 National Indie Excellence Award, and Twisted Webs, winner of the 2011 International Book Award for General Fiction and the 2011 National Indie Excellence Awards for General Fiction.

New book provides snippets of the hard and good times living in Iowa during the Great Depression and War years

EAST LYME, Conn. - You've Got to Start Young: A Memoir (published by iUniverse) written by author Steven E. Hulme tells his memories growing up in Iowa during the 1930s, 1940s and into the 1950s.

Born on a rented farm, the author relates some happy, sad, funny and scary events from his childhood which includes his life on the farm, his house burning down, the move into town, his remarkable school life, his adolescent years and so many adventures along the way.

This book provides a glimpse into life before the TV, computers, cell phones, Facebook, and Twitter. It shares to readers a collection of snippets about the hard times and the good times of growing up in Iowa as a Depression baby and as a child during World War II.

You've Got to Start Young: A Memoir lets readers walk down memory lane as the author vividly recalls what it was like living during the Great Depression era as well as the War years.

About the Author

Steven E. Hulme was born in 1934 in Iowa City, Iowa- his family lived on a farm in the midst of the Great Depression. A graduate of the University of Iowa and the General Theological Seminary, he served as an Episcopal priest for thirty-nine years in Iowa and Connecticut. Currently he is executive director of the Karen (of Burma) Emergency Relief Fund Inc.

Articles, letters and op-ed pieces by the author have appeared in the New London Day, the Hartford Courant, the Post Road Review, the Lyme Times, the Vintage Voice and the Episcopalian. He and his wife, Mary, live in East Lyme, Connecticut. They have two grown children.

iUniverse, an Author Solutions, Inc. self-publishing imprint, is the leading book marketing, editorial services, and supported self-publishing provider. iUniverse has a strategic alliance with Indigo Books & Music, Inc. in Canada, and titles accepted into the iUniverse Rising Star program are featured in a special collection on BarnesandNoble.com. iUniverse recognizes excellence in book publishing through the Star, Reader's Choice, Rising Star and Editor's Choice designations?self-publishing's only such awards program. Headquartered in Bloomington, Indiana, iUniverse also operates offices in Indianapolis. For more information or to publish a book, please visit iuniverse.com or call 1-800-AUTHORS. For the latest, follow @iuniversebooks on Twitter.

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"It all started at Willie's Wee Nee Wagon in Markham, Illinois, a Chicago suburb," says author and Chicago-area native Tim Murphy. "To this day the best hot dog I've ever eaten."

Murphy wanted to pay tribute to the hot dog stand of his youth, and adulthood, that he frequented for over 30 years. So he wrote this book featuring 50 recipes.

"It was my first stop when I came home from college or returned for the holidays to see family. In 2009, Willie's acquired a new owner, a new name and a different brand of hot dogs. I went there once and it just wasn't the same.  But I have some great memories. Willie's had been around since 1955, first a metal food trailer, then they constructed a building in the late 1970's.  

I am a bit of a fanatic about the place. I still have two of the paper bags from old orders. They must be ten to fifteen years old. One is framed and hangs in my kitchen, proudly emblazoned with Willie's motto 'We Relish Your Bun'.  The other travels with me everywhere and hangs on my office bulletin board. A great souvenir of home."

"When you grow up in the Midwest, it's a given you'll be eating hot dogs and brats, but here is so much more to that meal than just meat in a bun. I wanted to gather some of those great recipes and share them with other tube steak aficionados."

THE TUBE STEAK BOOGIE COOKBOOK features about 50 recipes, including The Diablo Dog, The Elvis Dog, Kielbasa Lasagna Wraps,  Smokin' Sausage Soup and for the holidays, Sloppy John's Thanksgiving Hot Dogs. There is also a lengthy dedication to Willie's Wee Nee Wagon and a huge list of traditional and unusual condiments to build your own gastronomic creation.

This is Tim Murphy's Fifth "Cookbook for Guys." The first four were under the "Flannel John" banner.

"Flannel John is a character based on a few old hunters I knew. I wanted to honor their spirit and what they taught me. He is also part Babe Winkelman, Ted Nugent, Red Green. Grizzly Adams and crusty mountain man. I have written four Flannel John books with another six planned.  The next one, "Flannel John's Tailgating & Couch Potato Cookbook" will be out the first week in August. This latest book was much more personal so I wanted to keep it strictly under my name."

The first book, Flannel John's Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook, grew out of friends complaining about the food at fishing and deer camps. Their buddies would show up with cheese, bologna, beef jerky and beer. If the fishing wasn't good or the deer tag wasn't filled, meals were slim pickings. Murphy wanted to collect simple, good-tasting recipes that weren't too complicated, that could be knocked out fairly fast.  That idea launched the first book in October 2013 and cracked Amazon.com's "Top 1%" Sales category.

Three more Flannel John titles have followed including Flannel John's Woods and Water Cookbook - Critters, Fritters, Chili and Beer in February 2013, Flannel John's Pirate Galley Cookbook - Coastal Cuisine and Maritime Meals from Oceans, Lakes and Rivers in April 2013 and for the backwoods, rustic soul there was Flannel John's Mountain Man Cookbook - Frontier Food from the Hills, Country and Backwoods in May 2013.

Why cookbooks for guys? "I didn't see anything written for men, especially beginner and novice cooks," said Murphy. "The first book covered comfort food for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, deserts and drinks. It was aimed at hunters and anglers but it's great for campers and RVers."

Future releases include "Flannel John's Tailgating Grub & Couch Potato Cookbook" in August "Flannel John's Cabin Christmas Cookbook" in September plus cookbooks for single guys, truckers and wild game lovers in 2014.

"If this book is successful, I plan to open my own hot dog stand here on the Oregon coast. Maybe a Willie's Wee Nee Wagon West," said Murphy.

Tim Murphy is a graduate of Western Michigan University. This 23-year radio veteran spent 17-years hosting morning radio shows in several Michigan cities including Holland, Muskegon, Traverse City, Saginaw and Houghton plus Fargo, North Dakota, Stevens Point, Wisconsin and Ketchikan, Alaska. Murphy has had a long career as a freelance and comedy writer. His work has appeared in dozens of outlets including Backwoods Home Magazine, The Porcupine Press U.P. Magazine, National Lampoon, The Traverse City Record Eagle and ABC Radio Network.

He lives in Seaside, Oregon with his wife LisaMarie Costanzo.

All five of his books are $7.95 and can be found at Amazon.com and at www.flanneljohn.com.

For additional information on the books, to interview the author or to inquire about wholesale book pricing, contact Tim Murphy at (701) 238-1775 or at shamrockarrow@gmail.com.

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Rock Island, IL - The Scott County Regional Authority has awarded Christian Care a grant to accommodate more homeless individuals at its community meal site, located at 2209 3rd Avenue in Rock Island, and to purchase a new gas range for its domestic violence shelter. "Christian Care is always looking for ways to improve our facilities and better care for the people we serve," said executive director Elaine Winter, Ed.D. "Thanks to the Scott County Regional Authority, Christian Care will add more seating for individuals who come to us for meals, and we will purchase a much-needed gas range so women can safely prepare meals at our domestic violence shelter. We greatly thank the SCRA for helping us to realize our mission: By providing safe shelter, support and resources, Christian Care empowers both the homeless and survivors of domestic violence to make positive changes in every aspect of their lives."

Christian Care is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization operating two facilities?a domestic violence shelter for abused women and children and a rescue mission for homeless men. It serves homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, veterans, men and women coming out of prison, and those with mental illnesses.

Its community meal site is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekdays Monday through Friday, and for breakfast and dinner on Saturday and Sunday. Breakfast is served at 6:30 a.m., lunch at 12:15 p.m., and dinner at 6:30 p.m.

Anyone in need is encouraged to call Christian Care's crisis hotline any hour of the day at (309) 788-2273 or visit online at christiancareqc.org.

"I have had great fortune with these books this past year," said author Tim Murphy. "25% of all the profits from the four titles sold in June will be donated to the Red Cross to assist the Oklahoma Tornado victims. If we sell at 2500 in June, I will double that to 50%."

How did these books come about?

"It all started when friends would show up at fishing and deer camp with cheese, bologna, beef jerky and beer. I would shake my head and 'say we do better this.' So I wrote the first book and it just took off," says author Tim Murphy. 

It was that idea that launched "Flannel John's Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook" in October 2013.  His first "Cookbook for Guys" cracked Amazon.com's "Top 1%" Sales category in six weeks.

Why cookbooks for guys? "I just didn't see anything written for men, especially novice cooks," said Murphy. "I wanted to assemble, hearty, good tasting meals that could be prepared easily and quickly. That first book covered breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, deserts and drinks. It was aimed at hunters and anglers but it's perfect for campers, RVers, male or female."

Now Murphy has penned the third and fourth titles in a planned ten-book series. For fish and seafood aficionados there's "Flannel John's Pirate Galley Cookbook - Coastal Cuisine and Maritime Meals from Oceans, Lakes and Rivers." For the backwoods, rustic soul there is "Flannel John's Mountain Man Cookbook - Frontier Food from the Hills, Country and Backwoods."

"The Pirate Galley Cookbook focuses on seafood dishes, lake and river fish recipes with a touch of southern cooking," said Murphy. "If you like albacore, lobster, sea bass, crab, lake trout, salmon and walleye this is for you. It covers dishes from the west coast, Alaska, the Gulf, Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, New England and the Bayou."

"The Mountain Man Cookbook goes real old school with recipes that go as far back as the mid-1800s. It features pioneer recipes and country staples like corn pone, hard tack, rhubarb cake, venison stew and sourdough plus new twists on older dishes." Both books feature over 110 recipes and in keeping with past titles, are simple for guys to pull.

The second title, released in February 2014,"Flannel John's Woods & Water Cookbook: Critters, Fritters, Chili & Beer" featured wild game recipes like Mountain Bear Stew, Rasta Mon Squirrel and Rattlesnake Chili with traditional dishes including burgers, stews, corn breads, chilies, chicken and beer.

But who is Flannel John? 

Born in northern Wisconsin and raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, he is equal parts Babe Winkelman, Red Green, Grizzly Adams, Ted Nugent and crusty mountain man. He has hunted and fished in 40 states plus Canada and Mexico. He is, in essence, Murphy's alter-ego.

"I've crossed paths with men like him over the years. This was my way of acknowledging their spirit and thanking them," said Murphy. 

Flannel John summed up the first book best. "If you're tracking deer in the U.P woods, searching for elk in Colorado, bird hunting on the Dakota prairies or ice fishing in Minnesota...food keeps the camp sane. A hearty breakfast or sustainable snack sharpens the senses. That end of the day dinner can celebrate bringing down a ten-point buck or be warming comfort when the deer tag goes unfilled. Breaking bread, eating from the community pot and telling stories around the table bonds all outdoorsmen. A good meal always makes for a good day."

Future releases include "Flannel John's Tailgating Grub & Couch Potato Cookbook" in July and "Flannel John's Cabin Christmas Cookbook" in September. 

Tim Murphy is a graduate of Western Michigan University. This 23-year radio veteran spent 17-years hosting morning radio shows in several Michigan cities including Holland, Muskegon, Traverse City, Saginaw and Houghton plus Fargo, North Dakota, Stevens Point, Wisconsin and Ketchikan, Alaska. Murphy has had a long career as a freelance and comedy writer. His work has appeared in dozens of outlets including Backwoods Home Magazine, The Porcupine Press U.P. Magazine, National Lampoon, The Traverse City Record Eagle and ABC Radio Network. 

He lives in Oregon with his wife LisaMarie Costanzo. 

All four Flannel John books are $7.95 and are available through Amazon.com and at flanneljohn.com. For additional information on the books, to interview the author or to inquire about wholesale book pricing, contact Tim Murphy at (701) 238-1775 or E-mail him at shamrockarrow@gmail.com.

"I have had great fortune with these books," said Murphy. "25% of the profits from all the books sold in June will be donated to the Red Cross to assist the Oklahoma Tornado victims. If we sell at 2500 in June, I will double that to 50%."

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Just in time for Fathers' Day and Graduates, writer Tim Murphy has penned two more titles in his "Cookbooks for Guys" series. For fish and seafood and lovers there is "Flannel John's Pirate Galley Cookbook - Coastal Cuisine and Maritime Meals from Oceans, Lakes and Rivers." For the backwoods, rustic soul there is "Flannel John's Mountain Man Cookbook - Frontier Food from the Hills, Country and Backwoods."

How did "Cookbooks for Guys" get started and just who is Flannel John?

"It started with friends complaining about food at hunting and fishing camp. Guys need more than just beef jerky, cheese puffs and beer to exist but often we're too lazy or impatient," says author Tim Murphy. So he launched "Flannel John's Hunting & Fishing Camp Cookbook" in October 2013. This first book cracked Amazon.com's "Top 1%" Sales category in six weeks. The book features over 130 recipes, some as simple as two ingredients. The book covered breakfast, burgers, dinners, snacks, venison, desserts, breads, appetizers and beverages."

"The one thing you always need at the cabin, camp, RV or fishing shanty is good food. These recipes can be prepared quickly and taste great," said Murphy. "You don't have to be an expert cook or master chef. This is the perfect cookbook for a beginner or novice to make rib-sticking meals with a bare-bones kitchen set-up."

Who is Flannel John? "He is equal parts Babe Winkelman, Red Green, Ted Nugent and crusty mountain man," said Murphy. "Born in northern Wisconsin and raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, he has hunted and fished in 40 states, Canada and Mexico. He is a true character."

A second book was released in February 2013 "Flannel John's Woods & Water Cookbook: Critters, Fritters, Chili & Beer." Picking up where the first book left off this book focused on wild game and some decidedly "rustic" meals including Mountain Bear Stew, Rasta Mon Squirrel and Rattlesnake Chili. There were dozens of traditional dishes too including burgers, stews, corn breads, chilies and chicken.

"The Pirate Galley Cookbook focuses on seafood, lake and river fish recipes with a touch of southern cooking," said Murphy. "If you like albacore, lobster, sea bass, crab, lake trout, salmon and walleye this is for you. It covers dishes from the Great Northwest, Alaska, the Gulf, Caribbean, Mid-Atlantic, Great Lakes, New England and the Bayou."

"The Mountain Man Cookbook goes real old school with recipes that go as far back as the mid-1800s. It features pioneer recipes and country staples like corn pone, hard tack, rhubarb cake, venison stew and sourdough plus new twists on older dishes." Both new releases feature over 110 recipes.

Tim Murphy is a graduate of Western Michigan University and a former resident of Storm Lake, Iowa. He worked at Buena Vista College as a Residence Hall Director, Assistant Activities Director and counselor. This 23-year radio veteran spent 17-years hosting morning radio shows in several Michigan cities including Holland, Muskegon, Traverse City, Saginaw and Houghton plus Fargo, ND, Stevens Point, WI. and Ketchikan, AK. Murphy has had a long career as a freelance and comedy writer. His work has appeared in dozens of outlets including Backwoods Home Magazine, The Porcupine Press U.P. Magazine, National Lampoon, The Traverse City Record Eagle and ABC Radio Network. At the moment he lives in Oregon with his wife Lisa Marie Costanzo.

All four Flannel John books are available through Amazon.com, createspace.com and at flanneljohn.com. For additional information on the books, to interview the author or to inquire about wholesale book pricing, contact Tim Murphy at (701) 238-1775 or by e-mail at shamrockarrow@gmail.com. During May, 25% of profits from online orders of all four books will be donated to The Maslow Project. This group helps homeless kids from infants to 21. The Maslow Project provides food, clothing, counseling, laundry facilities and even art therapy for
their clients. Details can be found at www.maslowproject.com.

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Making the Case for Diversity in Our Kids' Literature

Need is the mother of invention, which is why Jeff Rivera decided to create a line of children's books that emphasis diversity.

"I'm the uncle of 12 nieces and nephews who live everywhere from Costa Rica to Australia to all over the United States, which is no longer the only melting pot in the world," says Rivera, author of "Um...Mommy, I Flushed My Brother Down the Toilet" and "My Two Uncles & Me," (www.jeffrivera.com), which have been endorsed by comic book icon Stan Lee and legendary best-selling novelist Jackie Collins. "There are just not enough books for little kids that represent families with diverse backgrounds, like mine, so I decided to create them."

There are still segments of society that do not embrace differences of race, culture, religion and sexuality, which is why it's all the more important for children of different backgrounds to feel included, he says.

Rivera reviews a few reasons why major publishers should consider children's books for diverse families:

• Something probably makes you unusual, too: "Some of us had attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, Asperger's syndrome, dyslexia or emotional traumas. Some of us came from blended families, mixed-race families, or were adopted. Some of us had gay and lesbian family members, some of us were on food stamps and welfare growing up, or were homeless, like I was. There are Christians, Jews, Muslims, Buddhists and atheists. Not everyone can be pegged into a nice square box, and our kids shouldn't be," says Rivera, a media personality featured in a variety of outlets.

• Together, 'minorities' become the majority: In the U.S., one out of five people has a learning difference; one in two children born are a minority ethnicity; and more than 14 million children have gay or lesbian parents. "When you add it all up, that's easily the majority of people in our country," he says. "It just does not make good business sense to ignore so many of us."

• Overlooked entrepreneurs: American history is rife with examples of overlooked business opportunities. Just a few decades ago there was an emerging subculture created by inner-city youth. The most prominent feature? Hip hop, or rap music. For several years record company executives dismissed the budding genre, and all the while an under-the-radar entrepreneur named Russell Simmons helped present the new music to mainstream America and the rest of the world. As of April 2011, he had a $340 million net worth.

About Jeff Rivera

Jeff Rivera is a bestselling author, journalist and inspirational media personality whose work has been mentioned on TMZ, WABC, WNBC, WCBS, NPR and many other outlets. He is a full-time author whose humble beginnings living in poverty on welfare and food stamps as the child of a single mother, to his days living in his car and final success in media have inspired many.

Meet local author Katie Ganshert at a Quad Cities upcoming local book signing event, celebrating her second novel Wishing on Willows (Waterbrook Press, March 19, 2013) that continues the story in her debut novel Wildflowers from Winter.

 

The story of Robin Price as she deals with a three-year old son, a struggling café, and fading memories of her late husband, where Ganshert explores if second chances at life and love always involve surrender?

Meet Ganshert at one, or both, book signing events!

 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

1:00-3:00 PM

Books-A-Million

4000 East 53rd St

Davenport, Iowa 52807

Phone: 563.355.0705

 

Friday, April 5, 2013

6:30-8:00 PM

Dunn Brothers,

787 Middle Rd

Bettendorf, IA 52722

Phone: 563.345.6099

 

Although fiction, the real-life topics addressed by Ganshert provides readers thought provoking situations such as single-parenting, second chances and surrendering personal plans for God's plans.

Through Ganshert's skillful writing, readers are able explore their own life choices and concerns as they journey with the characters through their own situations.

SPRINGFIELD, IL (02/27/2013)(readMedia)-- The Illinois State Military Museum will unveil a new display case showcasing battle flags from its collection of more than 1,000 battle flags from the Mexican War through to the current conflicts. The museum will kick off the new display with the all Irish 90th Illinois Regiment colors and host James B. Swan, author of "Chicago's Irish Legion, the 90th Illinois Volunteers in the Civil War" March 2.

WHO:

• Illinois State Military Museum

• James B. Swan, author of "Chicago's Irish Legion, the 90th Illinois Volunteers in the Civil War"

WHAT:

• The Illinois State Military Museum will host James B. Swan, author of "Chicago's Irish Legion, the 90th Illinois Volunteers in the Civil War" to tell the stories of this little-known Illinois regiment and its flag. The museum will unveil a new display case showing the third version of the 90th Illinois regimental colors that will be on display through May.

• Recruits of the 90th Illinois Volunteer Infantry came from Springfield, Chicago and towns across northern Illinois, but the regiment was truly Irish with 70 percent of the officers and enlisted men who were born in Ireland. Under a regimental flag that prominently and proudly displayed the harp of Erin, the unit marched and fought in Gen. William T. Sherman's XVth Corps across seven Confederate states and helped capture three Confederate state capitols.

• The military museum's new display case is a significant addition and will showcase flags from its collection on a quarterly schedule.

• The museum is home to more than 1,000 battle flags from the Mexican War to the current conflicts.

WHEN: Saturday March 02, 2013 at 02:00PM Central Time (US & Canada)

WHERE:Illinois State Military Museum
1301 N. MacArthur Blvd
Springfield, Illinois 62702

NOTES:

• Admission and parking are free.

• For further information, please contact the Illinois State Military Museum at 217-761-3910

The Illinois State Military Museum displays the history of the Illinois National Guard from 1723 to the 21st Century. Located two blocks north of the intersection of MacArthur Blvd. and North Grand Ave. in Springfield, Ill., the museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 1-4:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free. Contact the museum at (217) 761-3910 or NGILMilitaryMuseum@ng.army.mil or visit http://www.il.ngb.army.mil/museum/. Become a museum Facebook Fan at www.facebook.com/illinoisstatemilitarymuseum. To learn more about Illinois National Guard history visit http://www.il.ngb.army.mil/History/.

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