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Historical society seeks driver for mobile museum

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013 10:37 a.m. CDT

UNION – In 2002, the McHenry County Historical Society adapted a 1983 Thomas-Built school bus into a mobile local history museum.

“The James,” named after McHenry businessman Jim Tonyan who funded the bus purchase, has been used to bring exhibits of local interest to the public at libraries, community events and schools.

Currently, the historical society is seeking an individual with a Class C license interested in driving “the James.” Most of the 15 or so scheduled events are held on either Saturdays or Sundays during the warmer months.

The “James” does have a stick shift.

Those interested in volunteering must enjoy talking to visitors who come through the traveling museum and undergo a orientation session to familiarize themselves with the bus.

Drivers receive mileage and membership to the McHenry County Historical Society.

To find out more about this opportunity to become involved with the McHenry County Historical Society and its mission of historical outreach and education, call 815-923-2267.

Information about “The James” may be found on the society’s website at 

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