Local Support Brings Smithsonian Exhibit to Pontiac

Many thanks to Ellie Alexander of Pontiac Tourism for sharing the following press release.

The Smithsonian Institution’s traveling Journey Stories exhibit opens here on Saturday, February 23. The exhibit is sponsored in Illinois by the Illinois Humanities Council, and locally by a group of philanthropically-minded individuals and businesses. The City of Pontiac, which has served as the organizing force for the exhibit, has recently announced the names of the local contributors and supporters who have made the coming of the Journey Stories exhibit possible.

Click here to read a previous press release explaining what Journey Stories are.

According to Kelly Eckhoff, a member of the city council and part of the committee overseeing the Journey Stories exhibit’s time in Pontiac, the city has received financial support from a group of generous sources. The Illinois Humanities Council provided a small grant to help fund the exhibit. Locally leading the way are two very important Pontiac trusts. The Apollos Camp-Bennet Humiston Trust and the Floyd A. and Alta I. Byrne Trust combined to provide the largest contribution in support of the event. Other businesses generously contributing to the cause include: Caterpillar, Inc., the Bank of Pontiac, First Financial Bank, Advanced Technology Recycling, Kelly Sauder Rupiper Equipment, Stoller International, Pontiac RV, the State Bank of Graymont, Streator Onized Credit Union, OSF St. James – John W. Albrecht Medical Center, Opperman Construction, Lisa Kelley-State Farm Insurance and Kelley Home Inspections. Livingston County Government, the City of Pontiac, McCoy Studios, and Diaz Sign Art have made contributions-in-kind to support the Journey Stories project.

Eckhoff noted, “The Smithsonian’s exhibit is amazing! I am so proud that here in Pontiac we have individuals and businesses who appreciate the importance of bringing something this professional to Pontiac. Seeing the exhibit will lead to asking questions about our national and local history. I know the importance of travel to the American experience when I contemplate the text and images found in the displays.” Eckhoff added that the exhibit will run from February 23 to April 6 (closed for Easter on March 31). The exhibit is located on the second floor of the Livingston County Courthouse and is open daily from 10 AM to 4 PM, and admission is free.

For more information on the exhibit, please contact Ellie at Pontiac City Hall – (815) 844-5847.

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