During the month of November, each time a customer purchases a $2.50 red “My Heart” Reusable Bag at our Peru Hy-Vee, the Hegeler Carus Foundaton will receive a $1 donaton (unless otherwise directed by the Giving Tag).
The Hegeler Carus Mansion is excited to introduce a new program that will begin in 2021. “Guardians of the Mansion” aims to involve as many individuals, students, community groups, local and greater area businesses as possible to preserve this historic house museum.
The Hegeler Carus Mansion is a National Historic Landmark. Virtually unaltered since its completion more than a century ago, it is an excellent example of artistic achievement in architecture and in interior design. It is also the site of historic accomplishments in industry, philosophy and publishing. The families’ history is interwoven with that of the Illinois Valley, the United States, and internationally.
Visitors experience the grandeur of a bygone era and the heritage of the forward thinking families.
The initial campaign of Guardians of the Mansion is to restore the Ground and Main Floor Hallways. With more visitors to the Mansion, our inlaid parquet floors have become increasingly damaged. As a Guardian you would help protect and restore the beautiful craftsmanship for future generations to see.
By becoming part of the Guardians of the Mansion Campaign, each Guardian is commissioned to raise $1,000 in support of the Foundation. The Campaign will run about 6 weeks total: while each Guardian plans a strategy, initiates a goal, fundraisers, and attends a celebration for a job well done. Your support not only promotes the Mansion, but it promotes a part of the history of the City of LaSalle.
Your creativity in raising $1,000 toward your goal is only limited by your imagination. For example:
- If you are an educator, ask the students and faculty of your school to sponsor an event to raise money or sell “Guardian Squares” to display in the school.
- High school groups can do a number of things to make their goal – car wash, contest, bake sale, etc.
- Key clubs or sports teams can challenge their counterparts from other schools.
- If you are in retail, banking, or the restaurant business, ask customers to donate or to buy “Guardian Squares” which are displayed in the business.
- If you manage a business, ask your vendors to support your efforts.
- Civic club members can ask other members to contribute.
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and donations are tax deductible. We depend on contributions like yours to enable us to continue to promote our many stories to inspire excitement and appreciation locally and globally for its heritage, architecture, and design.
If you are interested in becoming a Guardians of the Mansion, please contact Cindy Waddick at Cindy.Waddick@hegelercarus.org.
Can you image a day where there was no music available at touch of a finger or simply calling out to Alexa to play your favorite song?
Well, back in 1893 Mr. Edward Hegeler and Dr. Paul Carus attended the World’s Parliament of Religions in Chicago that was part of the World’s Columbian Exposition, also known as the 1893 Chicago World Fair. When they returned home, they had brought many goodies for the family to enjoy. One of the items was a Regina Music Box. This brought a little entertainment to their home.
This was an extremely popular item from 1892 to 1920. About 100,000 were made, with the cost ranging from $12 to $300. Just to give you a little life comparison, in 1900 the average weekly pay was about $12, and the more expansive music box model was the amount of an entrance fee for a nursing home. For the time period this was a lavish purchase.
Most people think of a music box where a little ballerina dances on top. This music box was much different. It had the ability to play interchangeable punched metal discs kind of like a record. It is powered by a hand crank; the disc is placed on an axis and the arm lowered. There are larger holes on the edge of the disc that allow it to rotate with the teeth of a gear. The smaller holes on the disc connect with a comb on the bottom of the box, which then plucks the tune. These music boxes were of high quality and the tune of the musical comb was tuned to a specific pitch. The Regina company oﬀered a wide variety of musical discs for enjoyment.
Sadly, there are not many of these boxes available. Because metal was in such high demand during the World Wars, and Americans giving up their discs for the cause, most people ended up discarding the box because they no longer had the discs to play.
The Regina Musical Box at the Hegeler Carus Mansion is in pristine condition. If you are ever in the neighborhood, please pre-register online for a tour of the Mansion to see this beautiful piece.