It is both a sorrow and a shock to learn of the passing on Thursday of Christal E. Dagit, long-time director of the Tazewell County Museum and Education Center as well as president of the Tazewell County Historic Places Society. Christal worked for many years to establish and maintain the Tazewell County Museum, which is located at 15 S. Capitol Street in the Arcade Building in downtown Pekin. She has often been of assistance to the Pekin Public Library, and in particular to me in researching topics for the library’s “From the History Room” weblog posts. More recently, she chaired Tazewell County’s Illinois Bicentennial Committee, and it was an honor and a delight to work with her on that committee on behalf of the Pekin Public Library.
Our condolences to her family and friends. God grant her soul rest.
She will be greatly missed. Local efforts to record and preserve Tazewell County history just got a little harder.
— Jared Olar, Library assistant