Volunteers renovate Will County Historical Museum

SHARE Volunteers renovate Will County Historical Museum

Volunteers have renovated an Illinois museum in the original headquarters of the Illinois and Michigan Canal.

The Will County Historical Museum and Research Center in Lockport reopened for the season Thursday following the remodeling.

The 1837 building held some surprises for the county historical society volunteers. President Sandy Vasko says crews found a fireman’s ax between the walls, presumably lost by someone working in the attic.

Volunteers have removed lead-based paint, installed new plumbing and secured the building’s foundation.

The museum displays artifacts from the I&M Canal’s early days.

In 1848, the 96-mile canal opened the first water route from Lake Michigan to the Gulf of Mexico. It connected the Chicago River in Bridgeport to the Illinois River in LaSalle.

The Latest
“I pleaded with Kim Foxx and her team to see the cases through,” said Lanita Carter. “Justice has been denied for me.”
Nearly 50 years ago, “Roots” told the African American story. “The 1619 Project” picks up where author Alex Haley left off.
Vandersloot spent 12 seasons with the Sky, averaging 10.2 points and 6.6 rebounds. In that time she became the league’s third overall assist leader, behind Sue Bird and Ticha Penicheiro with 2,387 career assists.
Whom residents select as mayor, members of City Council and of new police districts will shape how Chicago will move forward.
The video appears to show a staff member grabbing a student by the neck and shoving him to the ground. The staff member has been removed as a probe is conducted.