U. S. Senator Paul Simon Museum | Southern Illinois University Special Collections Research Center
Name: U. S. Senator Paul Simon Museum
Variant Name: Senator Paul Simon Museum
Historical Note: The U. S. Senator Paul Simon Museum of Troy, Ill. was opened in June 2005 as a way of honoring the memorary of Senator Simon after his untimely death in December 2003. Simon had once been the publisher and editor of the Troy Tribune newspaper and began his political career in Troy. The museum was the brain child of Darrel Hampstead and Adam Adomite and received the support of the Troy city council. Regina Hendrickson was brought onboard shortly after its opening to organize its first fundraiser and became one of the museum's driving forces. During its existence, the museum was financed by fundraisers, donations and city council funds. It organized the "Citzen Me, Citizens We" educational progarm through local libraries and schools. The museum was closed in 2012 because of financial difficulties but its educational programs continue.
Sources: Regina Hendrickson.
Note Author: Walter D. Ray