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What would John Whiteside say on new Joliet museum?

Two of the items that will be in the downtown Joliet museum, “Route 66, The Road to Rock,” are an autographed drum head from the band Cheap Trick and an Epiphone Korina Explorer bass autographed by Cheap Trick, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Gary Puckett, Jim Peterik of the Ides of March and Survivor, Jimmy Stafford of Train, Eddie Money and others.
Two of the items that will be in the downtown Joliet museum, “Route 66, The Road to Rock,” are an autographed drum head from the band Cheap Trick and an Epiphone Korina Explorer bass autographed by Cheap Trick, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Gary Puckett, Jim Peterik of the Ides of March and Survivor, Jimmy Stafford of Train, Eddie Money and others.

To the Editor:

When I initially got “wind” that this museum was being considered in downtown Joliet, I wondered how such a museum could ever be supported. And then, when I gave it more consideration, I thought WWJWS. ... What would John Whiteside say. 

I think he would have had a lot to say. First of all, being an avid American history buff himself, and knowing all the history that exists here in Joliet that goes untapped, he would have used this issue of two museums downtown as a sounding board to rally support for the History Museum and shamefully remind the City Fathers of the importance of educating our people and school students of this area, as well as people who visit our city.

John Whiteside loved this city and its people. He knew how it became what it is today and how its history from the past must be preserved and made public. He definitely wished that this rich heritage come alive to tell the story of Joliet, Illinois. 

Come on folks, don’t worry whether a Rock ‘n Roll museum is going to be competition to a History Museum.  

Do what’s right, “tell the story.” You built it, it’s time to make it known.  

Mary Jane Whiteside, Shorewood

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