Karpeles Museum is showcased at Jan. 17 Miller event

Chris and Margie Cain

FULTON, ILL. — Although the Karpeles Manuscript Museum in Rock Island, Illinois has been in existence since 1963, few people are aware of what treasures it holds.

The local Rock Island site is part of several locations nationwide that display the largest private collection of original manuscripts and documents.

Chris and Margie Cain, co-directors of the museum, will share information as to the history of the Karpeles family and motivation of the acclaimed collection. Items are rotated between museums quarterly; therefore, frequently there are new, unseen pieces. Various topics including music, science, art, literature, religion and historical documents are part of the general exhibit, but special exhibits are also highlighted.

The Cains have been with the Karpeles Museum for almost six years. Several other Karpeles Museums are located across the U.S. in large metropolitian areas. Each is located in a unique historical building. Guests are welcome to attend the Jan. 17 Miller event to learn more about the museum and how it operates.

The Volunteer Millers at de Immigrant Windmill in Fulton host their monthly programs at the Windmill Cultural Center, 111 10th Ave., across from the authentic Dutch windmill. The programs are supported by a grant from the D.S. Flikkema Foundation.

This program begins at 6 p.m. Jan. 17 and is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served following the presentation. The facility is accessible to people with disabilities. For more information, visit the Windmill Cultural Center and de Immigrant Windmill Facebook page, www.cityoffulton.us, or contact the Tourism office at (815) 589-3925.