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DeMoulin Calendars Now Available(Thursday, December 1, 2016) - For the first time in its history, the DeMoulin Museum has released a limited edition calendar featuring four early 1900s photos of the DeMoulin factory. Two of the photos are being published for the first time. The calendar coincides with DeMoulin Bros. & Co.'s 125th anniversary. The calendars are being offered as a free gift to anyone making a minimum $5.00 donation to the DeMoulin Museum, which is a 501(c)3 under the Bond County Community Foundation. To make a donation or for more information about the calendar, call the DeMoulin Museum at (618) 664-4115, email firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message to the museum's Facebook page. The calendar was created by 3-Point Ink of Greenville.
DeMoulin Museum Recieves Large IOOF DonationClick to enlarge photo!
(Sunday, November 27, 2016) - The DeMoulin Museum has received an unprecedented donation of vintage Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) regalia---many of the pieces in nearly mint condition. The items were recently found by the children of the late Robert Beckemeyer in a shed on his rural Carlyle property. Mr. Beckemeyer, a grain and dairy farmer, led a life of service including membership in the Southern Illinois Antique Power Club, Wheatfield Fire Protection District, and 60 years in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
When Carlyle's IOOF Lodge #38 sold its original building in the 1980s, Mr. Beckemeyer saved most of the organization's DeMoulin-made outfits, packing them in wood crates nestled among moth balls, where they stayed until a few weeks ago. Upon discovering the Odd Fellows artifacts, Beckemeyer's children contacted Bob Seiffert, a current member of the chapter. With the blessing of the IOOF Grand Lodge of Illinois, Seiffert offered the collection to the DeMoulin Museum.
"This is truly one of the most amazing artifact donations ever made to the DeMoulin Museum," commented John Goldsmith, museum curator. "Bob Beckemeyer is the hero of this story. He saw the importance of not only saving these Odd Fellows items but packing them in moth balls preserved them in immaculate condition. Although these robes were made in the 1930s, the colors are still vibrant. They look like they were manufactured yesterday."
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was one of dozens of fraternal organizations for whom DeMoulin Bros. & Co. manufactured regalia and initiation devices. As Goldsmith explained, the robes were just part of the collection. "We also received the coordinating hats for many of the 20 costumes, ceremonial collars, and even a pair of leather sandals featuring the DeMoulin stamp."
The collection is now being catalogued with plans for a special display to be unveiled in early 2017.
Overview of Museum
Founded in 1892 as a manufacturer of lodge paraphernalia and regalia, DeMoulin Bros. & Co. of Greenville, Illinois is one of the nation's leading makers of marching band uniforms. The company's diverse production history has included graduation caps and gowns, choir robes, church and lodge furniture, and lodge initiation devices.
The DeMoulin Museum, founded in 2010, pays tribute to the founders, employees, and amazing products created by this unique factory. Though the museum contains examples of many of DeMoulin's creations, the lodge initiation devices---including the Bucking Goat; Invisible Paddle Machine; and Lifting and Spraying Machine---are what have attracted visitors from over 30 states.
September through May:
Sat: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
June through August:
Fri: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sun: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Admission by donation.
Group tours welcome.
110 W. Main, Greenville, IL, 62246
One block east of the Greenville square.
Help support the DeMoulin Museum!
The DeMoulin Museum is supported by a not-for-profit organization through the Bond County Community Foundation. Although endorsed by DeMoulin Bros. & Co., the DeMoulin Museum is not operated by the factory. Your donation is important to maintaining the museum.