U.S. Sen. Everett McKinley Dirksen 50 Years After Death, Everett Dirksen's Legacy Lives On By Tim Shelley • Sep 5, 2019 Saturday marks the 50th anniversary of the death of U.S. Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen of Pekin. The Pekin Republican was elected to the Senate in 1950 after eight terms in the House, and served as Senate Minority Leader from 1959 to 1969. Lincoln, Dirksen, native astronaut highlight museum annex By Associated Press • Feb 19, 2015 A special collections annex highlighting archaeological artifacts to NASA items has opened at the Tazewell County Museum. The annex opened this week in the Arcade Building in downtown Pekin.