Pontiac Museum Complex Adds Three New Attractions

Our thanks to Pontiac, IL Tourism Director, Ellie Alexander, for providing the following information.

The Pontiac Museum Complex, located in the Old City Hall and Fire Station on Howard St, saw the opening of three new attractions during the Red Carpet Corridor Festival, May 2 and 3, 2015. After months of planning, construction, and installation, the Walldog Mural and Sign Art Museum will reopen in the complex, having vacated its previous home at 217 N. Mill Street to make room for the new Museum of the Gilding Arts.

The Bob Waldmire Experience is the second new exhibit to go into the Museum Complex. Bob Waldmire was one of the most unique Route 66 travelers in history. Beginning as a young man, Bob spent his entire adult life driving and living on Route 66. An artist by profession, Bob grew up near Springfield, Illinois. He took his first trip on Route 66 with his parents and family. It was then that he fell in love with the people, the businesses, and the scenery that could be found along the Mother Road. Bob died in 2009 but left a legacy of advocacy for the preservation and appreciation of his favorite American highway. With the collaboration of Bob’s family, especially his brother, Buzz, a new display has been created and placed inside the complex. There are original art works, videos, and photographs that, taken together, tell the interesting story of Bob’s life as an itinerant artist and aging flower child.

The third new addition to the Pontiac Museum Complex is a display assembled by Ron Selle and Darlene Agner, the same curators who put together the popular “Life in the 1940s” exhibit. “The Music of the Civil War” features the songs from the antebellum period as well as some of the songs popular during the conflict in the North and in the South. Over 40 pieces of original sheet music from the era, some quite rare, have been collected and placed on display. The exhibit was previously on display at the Kankakee Museum, and will be in Pontiac for a limited time.

The Pontiac Museum Complex is open every day from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. For more information, contact Pontiac Tourism at (814) 844-5847 or visit their website: visitpontiac.org

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