Fulton's newest attraction, the Windmill Cultural Center (WCC), was dedicated April 2010. The WCC houses an extensive collection of 21 European windmills. The windmills vary in size up to six feet tall.
The collection was designed by Henk and June Hielema of DeMotte, Indiana. Mr. Hielema was employed in Europe and as a hobby; he and June traveled extensively, photographed mills, and returned home to build models of them. The mills are from ten European countries: Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and The Netherlands. Informative interpretive materials compliment the windmill collection providing unique information on the products produced by windmills, country of origin, windmill specifications, and the cultural impact of windmills.
The Windmill Cultural Center contains a charming gift shop where visitors can purchase fresh stone-ground flour, Delft pottery, and souvenirs of Fulton, the Windmill Cultural Center, and the windmill.
The Education Area can be found at the east end of the Windmill Cultural Center. This room assists visitors who would like to learn more about mills. Groups will be able to enjoy video presentations of the windmill countries and read books about mills. The Education Area also contains children's activities including coloring, puzzles, and toys promoting scientific concepts.
Special exhibits can be found at the Windmill Cultural Center throughout the year.
Entrance to the Windmill Cultural Center is free, but donations are appreciated for maintenance and operations.
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2013 Programs @ Windmill Cultural Center:
The following free programs are scheduled to coincide with the city's 2013 tourism theme, "Lincoln Highway Centennial 1913-2013: Travel & Tribute." The programs are sponsored by the Volunteer Millers with a grant from the D.S. Flikkema Foundation. All programs begin at 6:00 p.m.
January 22 - "All Community Read: Country Driving by Peter Hessler" Discussion led by Martha Bonte, Clinton Community College Professor
February 11 - "Stargazing along the Lincoln Highway" by Jim Rutenbeck, Quad Cities Astronomy Club
March 25 - "My Journeys Around the World as a Blind Traveler" by Mike Hoenig, University of Iowa
April 14 - "Lincoln's Long Journey Home: From Assassination to Interment" by Ron Koehn, Retired Teacher, Fulton High School. Note: this program is at 2:00pm.
April 30 - "Walt Whitman's Lincoln: A Song of Myself" by Brian "Fox" Ellis, Illinois Humanities Council
May 30 - "Lou Henry Hoover & Her Cross Country Journey" by Craig Wright, Herbert Hoover Presidential Library & Museum
June 26 - "The Journey of America's First Women Pilots" by David Byrnes, Midway Village (Rockford), President
July 9 - "Crossroads of the Nation: The Hidden History of the Railroads of Illinois" by Dr. Simon Cordery, Western Illinois University
August 29 - "Abraham Lincoln in Song" by Chris Vallillo, Macomb - Gin Ridge Music
September 30 - "Franklin Creek Grist Mill: Lincoln Highway Mill" by Ellen Barker, Franklin Creek Watermill Volunteer
October 29 - Video: "Lincoln and Blackhawk" by Jeffrey Chown & Drew VandeCreek, Producers (IHC Documentary)
November 12 - "The Humor of Abraham Lincoln" by Dr. Bill Hampes, Black Hawk College
2013-2014 Wild Winter Wednesday Programs @ Windmill Cultural Center
Wednesdays in December 2013, January, February, and March 2014 from 9am to 11am. Light refreshments served. The events are FREE and the public is welcome to attend.
December 4: "Christmas Marathon Bird Count" with Kelly McKay
December 11: "The Christmas Card Affair" with Bill Hannan
December 18: "Decorating the White House 2012" with Carol Leavy
January 8: "Salzburg - More than the 'Sound of Music' City" with Ron & Connie Koehn
January 15: "Kenya & South America" with Kamalini Kumar
January 22: "1st Generation Immigrant Story" with Charles Dykstra
January 29: "The Sawmill Museum" with Matt Parbs
February 5: "Tracking Turtles" with Jeramie Strickland, Wildlife Biologist
February 12: "Discover & Experience the World of Tea" with Bab & Coco's Tea Emporium
February 19: "Mamie Eisenhower" with Rosemary Harris
February 26: "Behind the Scenes - Live TV" with Paula Sands
March 5: "Movies" with Linda Cook
March 12: "Amish Quilts & Underground Railroad" with Nancy Boomgarden
March 19: "Orphan Train" with Carol Chandler
March 26: "4 Seasons of Gardening at Argo Acres" with Dennis & Diane Etnyre