"Designs of Duty" Exhibit
“Designs of Duty,” an exhibit featuring East Central Illinois veterans and their service-related tattoos, will be on display at Booth Library on the campus of Eastern Illinois University from Jan. 22 through May 11, 2018.
“Designs of Duty” tells the stories of seven military veterans who served our country over a 45-year period throughout Asia and Europe. Veterans featured in the exhibit are Eric Hiltner and Wilson Reynolds of Charleston, Ken Fernandes of Newman, Random Clavin of Nokomis, Adam Griffy of Olney, Shane Wright of Shelbyville and Lyle Gordon of Towanda.
Tattoos are a common symbol among the military, and this exhibit aims to explore the inspiration and meanings behind them, as well as the stories of the veterans themselves. Pride, patriotism and honor are common themes in the artwork chosen by the veterans showcased in “Designs of Duty.”
Related exhibits on display include military flags; “Symbols of Service,” featuring University of Illinois student veterans; aircraft nose art from World War II to today; Vietnam War helmet graffiti; and literature and poetry during wartime.
“Designs of Duty” is free and open to the public. For more information visit http://library.eiu.edu/exhibits/designsofduty/.
Booth Library’s regular hours are 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and noon to 1 a.m. Sunday. For more information on the library, visit the website, www.library.eiu.edu; call 581-6072; or find the library on Facebook or Twitter
Mattoon YMCA 29th Annual May Merriment Benefit
The May Merriment Benefit is the Mattoon YMCA's one annual fundraiser. Money raised during this event funds the Mattoon Y's Membership for All Program. The Y believes every child deserves to learn, grow and thrive, every adult deserves the opportunity to connect and every family deserves to grow stronger together-Everyone deserves to belong.
The event will include a live and silent auction, dinner, and new this year-an 'after' event, held at the Mattoon YMCA. May Merriment tickets are $75 per person and may be purchased by contacting Julie Easton at email@example.com or by calling 217-234-9494.
Board of Directors: Chamber Board Room
Business After Hours: Heritage Woods
Diplomats Meeting: Unique Suites Hotel
Annual Coles County Historic Preservation Awards, featuring Jay Ferguson Trio
Coles County Historic Preservation Advisory Council annual awards ceremony recognizing the people who have contributed to historic preservation goals in Coles County. Highlighting this year’s awards will be presentation of the State of Illinois/U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service certificates for inclusion of the Mattoon Lumpkin Heights & Elm Ridge Subdivision and Burgess-Osborne Memorial Auditorium in the National Register of Historic Places. Entertainment by the Jay Ferguson Trio. There is no charge for the event and it is open to the public.
Business Before Hours: City of Charleston