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Women’s History Month

Celebrate Women's History Month at the Staley Museum in March.

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All Staley Mfg. Company, Tate & Lyle, and Primient Retirees and Former Employees are invited to this year's event!

Join us at the museum for this special event celebrating YOU on April 21, 2024 from 2-4PM!

This is a FREE event with light refreshments, but to attend you must RSVP by April 7th. Call 217-519-0009 or 217 428-6043 today.
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February 29th, 10:00 am
All Staley Mfg. Company, Tate & Lyle, and Primient Retirees and Former Employees are invited to this years event! 

Join us at the museum for this special event celebrating YOU on April 21, 2024 from 2-4PM! 

This is a FREE event with light refreshments, but to attend you must RSVP by April 7th. Call 217-519-0009 or 217 428-6043 today.

Nancy, now a museum volunteer, poses with a photo of her and other Staley employees who modeled grain bag dresses for the Women’s Club in 1957. ... See MoreSee Less

February 28th, 1:25 pm
Nancy, now a museum volunteer, poses with a photo of her and other Staley employees who modeled grain bag dresses for the Women’s Club in 1957.Image attachmentImage attachment

From the Staley Journal, February 1952.

Picture is captioned:
"Is that clock right?" Luke "Happy" Winston asks his wife. The gold and crystal clock was Happy's 35th year award. He is employed in the millhouse.

Of Note, in September 1953, Winston was named by Mayor Robert Willis to a place on the city traffic parking commission. Winston began his work at Staley's in 1916.
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February 26th, 10:00 am
From the Staley Journal, February 1952. 

Picture is captioned: 
Is that clock right? Luke Happy Winston asks his wife. The gold and crystal clock was Happys 35th year award. He is employed in the millhouse. 

Of Note, in September 1953, Winston was named by Mayor Robert Willis to a place on the city traffic parking commission. Winston began his work at Staleys in 1916.

Museum Director, Laura Jahr just came back from a week in Loudon, TN visiting with retirees from the Staley/Tate & Lyle/Primient plant located there.

She had the privilege of speaking with each of the people seen in the photo here and collecting their stories as part of our budding oral history project for the museum. Together they shared the joys and hardships of working in the manufacturing environment, but what came through loud and clear was their pride in their work and their loyalty to the company.

As hard as their work often was, they praised the company for giving them all the opportunity to learn and grow and they unanimously commented that the best part of it all was the camaraderie and friendships developed over the years.

Laura stated that she firmly believes that Mr. Staley (A.E. Sr. himself) was there with her taking pride in these former employees and recognizing them in the success of his legacy.

She also wishes to thank each and every one of them for meeting with her and being so willing and open to share their stories!

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Laura would also like to give a special thanks to Michael “Slim” Slimbarski, former Loudon Plant Manager. Without Slim’s commitment to this project it never would have been possible. Slim and his wife Sheila, also a Staley retiree, went above and beyond in orchestrating interviews and making sure the entire process moved smoothly. We want to share our heartfelt gratitude for them both.
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February 24th, 12:45 pm
Museum Director, Laura Jahr just came back from a week in Loudon, TN visiting with retirees from the Staley/Tate & Lyle/Primient plant located there. 

She had the privilege of speaking with each of the people seen in the photo here and collecting their stories as part of our budding oral history project for the museum. Together they shared the joys and hardships of working in the manufacturing environment, but what came through loud and clear was their pride in their work and their loyalty to the company. 

As hard as their work often was, they praised the company for giving them all the opportunity to learn and grow and they unanimously commented that the best part of it all was the camaraderie and friendships developed over the years. 

Laura stated that she firmly believes that Mr. Staley (A.E. Sr. himself) was there with her taking pride in these former employees and recognizing them in the success of his legacy. 

She also wishes to thank each and every one of them for meeting with her and being so willing and open to share their stories!

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Laura would also like to give a special thanks to Michael “Slim” Slimbarski, former Loudon Plant Manager. Without Slim’s commitment to this project it never would have been possible. Slim and his wife Sheila, also a Staley retiree, went above and beyond in orchestrating interviews and making sure the entire process moved smoothly. We want to share our heartfelt gratitude for them both.Image attachment

Thank you to the SCIL Red Cross Chapter for letting us host your event last night!

To rent space at the museum please contact us at info@staleymuseum.com for more information.
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February 23rd, 12:56 pm
Thank you to the SCIL Red Cross Chapter for letting us host your event last night! 

To rent space at the museum please contact us at info@staleymuseum.com for more information.Image attachmentImage attachment+1Image attachment
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