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Hagaman Illinois Historical Society
3599 Hagaman Road
Chesterfield, IL 62630
Macoupin, Region 3
Contact: P. Jacoby, 708/921-5967

Haitian American Museum of Chicago (HAMOC)
4654 North Racine Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60640
Cook, Region 5
T, F, & Sa 4:30pm - 6:30pm, and by appointment
HAMOC educates the general public on Haitian art, culture and history through the museum’s exhibits, programs and special events. Chicago was founded by Jean-Baptiste Point Du Sable, a fur trader born in Haiti and today Haitians still have an impact on the city’s cultural landscape. See the website for more details.
Elsie Hector Hernandez, Founder, President
773 213 1869

Hanna House Museum
Wayne County Historical Society
300 SE 2nd St
Fairfield, IL 62837
Wayne, Region: 1
101 E Center St
Mar-Nov: Sa, Su 12:30-4:30pm and by appt. Donations welcome.
The house features local history exhibits from 1920s with special exhibits on military, civic events, Lion’s memoribilia, schools, Shelton gang, oil boom, sports, country stores, churches, gas pumps, and funeral home equipment. The Society also features local history from the 1800s through 1920. Features industry, Civil War, textiles, WW I and more.
Judith Puckett, President
618/842-3711 x4201

Hawthorne Works Museum
3801 South Central Avenue
Cicero, IL 60804-4398
Cook, Region: 5
708/656-8000 x 322
Fax: 708/656-3297

Hayner Public Library Genealogy and Local History Library
401 State St.
Alton, IL 62002
Madison, Region:
Mo, Tu, Th-Sa 8:30 - 5 pm; We 12-8 pm
Displays highlight the areas local history; genealogy, resources, and programs; the Illinois Room features city directories, maps, military records, yearbooks, newspapers, and books about Illinois history and Abraham Lincoln.
Lacy S. McDonald, Museum Display Coordinator

Hegeler Carus Foundation
1307 7th St
LaSalle, IL 61301
LaSalle, Region: 4
Tours held: W-Su on the hour at Noon, 1, 2, 3pm. $7 Adults, $6 Seniors, $5 Students, 20 or more, group discount.
1874-1876 Victorian mansion is a National Historic Landmark as well as being listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Elegant rooms feature 13-foot-high, stenciled ceilings; intricate woodwork; parquet floors; floor-to-ceiling windows and other fine details of a century-old masterpiece. Monthly events include lectures, concerts and other special events. See the Mansion's website for more details.
Kelly Klobucher, Exec. Director

National Hellenic Museum & Cultural Center
801 W Adams St, 4th Fl
Chicago, IL 60607-3034
Cook, Region: 5
T-F 10-4pm, Sa 11-4pm, Su 12-5pm.
Members free, $5 Nonmembers.
To preserve and showcase the Greek-American immigrant experience, heritage, and art work.
Elaine Drikakis, Ex Director

Hieronymus Mueller Museum
420 W Eldorado St
Decatur, IL 62522-2189
Macon, Region: 2
Th-Sa 1-4pm. $2 Adults, $1.50 Children under 18.
Collection consists of photos and artifacts showing the early history of the Mueller family and the history of the company from 1857 to present.
Mike Deatherage, Manager

Hill's Fort Society
PO Box 682
Greenville, IL  62246
Bond, Region: 3
The memorial lis located southwest of greenville off I-70 Exit 41. Turn south on Millersburg Road and go three miles south to Hill's Fort Avenue; turn right and go about 1/2 mile to the memorial. The fort is under reconstruction.

Hillside Historical Society
425 Hillside Ave
Hillside, IL  60162
700 N Wolf Rd
Cook, Region: 5
Under restoration;
Collection, preservation, and rotating exhibits of local history from the early 1800’s in Hillside’s oldest home built in 1877.

Hinsdale History Museum
PO Box 336
Hinsdale, IL 60522
DuPage, Region: 5
15 S Clay St.
Fri, Sat 10am-2pm
An 1874 house museum furnished and decorated to the period, allowing visitors to experience what life was like during Hinsdale's early years and learn the Victorian way of life. Current exhibit and program information may be found on our Website,
Anne Swenson, Museum Manager

Historic Elsah Foundation
Village of Elsah Museum
PO Box 117
Elsah, IL 62028
Jersey, Region: 3
26 LaSalle St
Apr-Oct: F, Sa, Su 1-4pm. Free.
Collection of artifacts relating to the vicinity prior to and following the founding of the villa-ge in 1853.
Marie Oleson, President

Historic Pullman Foundation Visitor Center
614 E 113th St
Chicago, IL 60628
Cook, Region: 5
Center: 11141 S Cottage Grove Ave
Tu-Su 11-3pm.
Guided walking tours of Pullman Historic District-1st Su of May-Oct at 1:30pm.

Historic Sites - Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
313 S Sixth St
Springfield, IL 62701
Sangamon, Region: 3
Alyson Grady

Historical Association of Princeville
PO Box 466
Princeville, IL 61559
Peoria, Region: 3
325 N Ostrom Ave
MA-Oct, Sa 9 am - 11 am & by appt
Local memorabilia, historic records.
Kelly Jenkins

Historical Vandalia, Inc.
301 W Main
Vandalia, IL 62471
Fayette, Region: 3
M-Sa 9:30-4pm, most Su 1-4pm.
An extensive collection of local history from the 1800-1900s. Special monthly exhibits and artifacts on military, medical, business, industry, agriculture history. Children’s area.
Mary Truitt, Treasurer

Historical Society of Oak Park & River Forest
PO Box 771
Oak Park, IL 60303
Cook, Region: 5
217 Home
Mar-Nov: Th-Su 12:30-3:30pm; Dec-Feb: 12:30-2:30pm; Research office: M-F 9-5pm, Su 1-5pm. $5.
Housed in Pleasant Home, a National Historic Landmark features Oak Park and River Forest history; notables like Edgar Rice Burroughs; changing exhibits, programs, and annual cemetery walk.
Frank Lipo, Ex Director

Historical Society of Quincy /Adams County
425 S 12th St
Quincy, IL 62301-4303
Adams, Region: 3
Museum: Apr-Oct: Tu-Sa 10am-2pm & other times by appointment; Museum shop: Tu-Sa 10am- 2pm.
$3 Adults, $1.50 Students.
Collect and preserve items relating to history of Quincy and Adams County; preservation of Governor John Wood's 1835 Greek Revival-style mansion. The Parsonage, a Local History Museum, displays our collection of the history of Quincy and Adams County.
Judith Winkelmann, Executive Director

Historical Vandalia
Fayette County Museum
301 W. Main
Vandalia, IL 62471-2331
Hours: Mo-Sat, 9:30-4:00; Sun (Apr-Dec) 1:00-4:00; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day
Mr. Brewer

Hoffman Estates Museum
1900 Hasselle Rd
Hoffman Estates, IL 60169
Cook, Region: 5
Patricia A. Barch

Hoiles-Davis Museum
Bond County Historical Society
PO Box 376
Greenville, IL 62246
Bond, Region: 3
318 W Winter St
Rotating exhibits and artifacts related to Bond County history. Special events include April Heritage Day, ice cream socials, and Muny Band concert in June.
John Coleman

Homer Historical Society
605 S. Main Street
Homer, IL  61849 
107 N Main St
Champaign, Region: 2
Th 1:30-4pm; by appt;

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Illinois Horse and Buggy Museum
210 E. Main St.
Biggsville, IL 61418
Henderson, Region: 3
Tu-Sa, 10am - 3pm March 15-July 15; Sept. 15-Nov. 15 More than fifty artefacts of horse farm equipment and transportation from the 1820-1920 era. eight interactive video stations with 80 videos that make the draft horse era come alive again.
Jerry Weibel

Illinois Amish Interpretive Center
111 S Locust St
Arcola, IL 61910
Douglas, Region: 2
Mar-Nov: M-Sa 9-5pm; Dec-Feb: by appt. $2.75 Adults, $2.50 Seniors, $2.25 Children.
Museum dedicated to the Old Order Amish of Central Illinois. Exhibits include history of how the Amish came to be in the United States and later Illinois, century-old quilts, buggy and textiles. Tours of Amish country-side available by appointment.
Stella Eads, Director

Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology
904 Mayfair Rd
Champaign, IL 61821-4437
Champaign Region: 2
Publishes the quarterly "Illinois Antiquity," avocational archaeologists, teachers, professional archaeologists, students & others who support the goals of archaeological site preservation & the scientific investigation of archaeological material.
Alice Berkson

Illinois Capitol Development Board
William G. Stratton Office Building, 3rd Floor
401 S. Spring
Springfield, IL 62706
Sangamon, Region: 3
Open various hours and days
The Illinois Art-in-Architecture program works to promote and preserve the arts of Illinois by securing artwork of all media for public buildings constructed with state funds.
Linda Norbut Suits, Art in Architecture Coordinator
Fax: 217/782-8625
Museum type: Art

Illinois Central Railroad Historical Society
PO Box 288
Paxton, IL 60957-0288
Ford, Region: 2
250 N Market St
Donations welcome
2nd & 4th Sa 9am-4pm; & by appt
History of Illinois Central Railroad including displays of railroad items including a boxcar, caboose, and baggage car; 1915 valuation reports for the ICRR.
Charles F. Werner, Treasurer

Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
1 Old State Capitol Pl
Springfield, IL 62701
Sangamon, Region: 3
313 S 6th St
M-F 8:30-5pm.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, historic preservation, education & publications, historic sites.
Amy Martin, Director

Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center
Brill Resource Center, 9603 Woods Drive
Skokie, IL  60077-1095         
Cook, Region: 5
M-Th: 9am-4:30; F 9am-3pm; Su 12-4pm
Events of the historical period known as the Holocaust, 1933-1945; the vitality of pre-war Jewish life; contemporary response to the Holocaust as reflected in student art & poetry.
Lillian Gerstner, Dir Spec Projects

Illinois Humanities Council
203 N Wabash, Ste 2020
Chicago, IL 60601-2417
Cook, Region: 5
M-F 9-5pm.
The IHC supports organizations active in lifelong learning, fosters collaboration among cultural and educational organizations, and produces and funds public humanities events
Program Director

Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition
200 S State St
Belvidere, IL 61008
Boone, Region: 4
Char Scamihorn

Illinois Mennonite Historical & Genealogical Society
675 State Rte 116
Metamora, IL 61548-7732
Woodford, Region: 2
Illinois Mennonite Heritage Center
Apr-Oct: F-Sa 10-4pm, Su 1:30-4:30pm, and by appt.
Archives, library, museum, Sutter barn, Grossdawdy house, museum, arboretum; historical Mennonite and Amish artifacts; collects, preserves, and records Illinois Mennonite and Amish history.
Julie Hendricks, Administrative Coordinator

Illinois National Guard & Militia Historical Society
1301 N MacArthur Blvd
Springfield, IL 62702-2399
Sangamon, Region: 3
M-F 8:30-3pm.
To illustrate and present the history, traditions, and spirit of the Illinois National Guard and Militia as well as its involvement in conflicts and disasters dating from the 18th century via displays, exhibits, and photographs to the public.
Don Bradley, Ex Director

Illinois Railway Museum
PO Box 427
Union, IL 60180
McHenry, Region: 5
Memoriall-Labor Day: M-F 10-4pm; May-Oct: Sa-Su 10:30-5pm. $9.
Most extensive collection of full size antique railroad transportation equipment in the US. Collection includes steam, diesel and electric locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban cars, and trolley buses.
Nick Kallas, Manager

Illinois Saint Andrew Society
Scottish American Museum
505 Rosebud, North
Lombard, IL 60148
Cook, Region: 5
2800 Des Plaines Ave
North Riverside, IL 60546
1st Sa of each month except Aug and Dec: 9-12pm and by appt. Free.
Collection of Scottish books, paintings, songs, etc. much centering around the history of the St. Andrew’s Society.
Wayne Rethford, President Emeritus

Illinois State Archaeological Survey
209 Nuclear Physics, MC571
23 E Stadium
Champaign, IL  61820
Champaign, Region: 2
To assist the Department in the preservation and protection of Illinois' historic and archaeological resources and ensure the professional and public dissemination of information about the prehistory and history of Illinois.
Laura Kozuch

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Illinois State Archives
Norton Building
Capitol Complex
Springfield, IL 62756-0001
Sangamon, Region: 3
M-F 8-4:30pm, Sa 8-3:30pm except holiday weekends.
Public documents of permanent administrative, legal, or historical value produced by all governmental agencies within Illinois from 18th century to present.
David Joens, Director
217/524-3930 departments/archives/archives.html

Illinois State Historical Society
210 1/2 S. 6th St., Ste 200
Springfield, IL 62701-1503
Sangamon, Region: 3
M-F 8-4:30pm.
Publications, symposia, Centennial Awards, student / teaching awards.
William Furry, Executive Director

Illinois State Military Museum
Dept of Military Affairs
1301 N MacArthur
Springfield, IL 62702-2399
Sangamon, Region: 3
Tu-Sa 1-4:30pm and by appt.
Preserving the heritage of the citizen-soldier of Illinois with exhibits, programs, outreach, and a library. Collection includes vehicles, aircraft, weapons, uniforms, equipment, flags, photographs, and documents.
Mark Whitlock, Director

Illinois State Museum
Illinois Dept of Natural Resources
502 S Spring St
Springfield, IL 62706-5000
Corner of Spring & Edwards Sts
Sangamon, Region: 3
M-Sa 8:30-5pm, Su 12-5pm.
Free admission, donations welcome.
Permanent and changing exhibits on Illinois natural and cultural history, anthropology, fine and decorative arts. Children ages 3 - 10 can learn through play what it is like to work at a museum in the hands-on children's Play Museum. Shop features educational games and quality crafts by Illinois artisans. Extensive Website for the public, research, and education.
Bonnie W. Styles, Director

Illinois State Museum - Chicago Gallery
Illinois Dept of Natural Resources
100 W Randolph, Ste 2-100
Chicago, IL 60601-3219
Cook, Region: 5
James R Thompson Ctr
M-F 9-5pm, closed on holidays. Call for exhibit changes. Free.
Changing art exhibitions by past and contemporary Illinois artists and artisans. Gift shop.
Jane Stevens, Assistant Director

Illinois State Museum Lockport Gallery
Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources
201 W 10th St
Lockport, IL 60441
Will, Region: 5
Tu-Sa 10am-5pm; Su 12-5pm; closed holidays; call for exhibit schedule information.
The Gallery, a branch of the Illinois State Museum, features changing exhibitions of art by past and contemporary Illinois artists and artisans. Exhibits are complimented by educational events, group tours, and outreach activities.
Jim Zimmer, Administrator

Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation Museum
4000 N Peoria Rd
Springfield, IL 62702
Sangamon, Region: 3
Th, Sa 10-2pm. $1 Suggested
Automobiles, equipment, uniforms, and historical photographs of the Illinois State Police. The museum is a work in progress and will continue to expand exhibits.
Heinz Mueller, Financial Officer

Intuit: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
756 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60642
Cook, Region: 5
Tu-Sa 11a.m.-5pm; Thur 11am-7:30pm
Intuit's mission is to promote public awareness, understanding, and appreciation of intuitive and outsider art through a program of education, exhibition, collecting, and publishing.
Cleo Wilson, Executive Director

Iroquois County Genealogical Society
103 W. Cherry St.
Watseka, IL  60970
Iroquois, Region: 2
Mary Buhr, President

Isle a la Cache Museum
Forest Preserve District of Will County
501 E Romeo Rd
Romeoville, IL  60441-1538
Will, Region: 5
Tu-Sa 10am-4pm, Su 12-4pm;
18th Century French & Native American fur trade era
Harry Klinkhammer

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J. H. Hawes Grain Elevator Museum
PO Box 266
Atlanta, IL 61723
Logan Region: 3
May-Oct: Su 1-3pm
The JH Hawes Grain Elevator, built in 1904 & in operation until 1976, is the only fully restored wooden grain elevator in Illinois. Museum interprets grain storage & the shipping industry as it existed in the first half of the 20th Century.

Jarrot Mansion Project, Inc
107 Elm St
Cahokia, IL 62206
St. Clair, Region: 1
Call for information
Support group for Jarrot Mansion State Historic Site, education programs, & sales.
Historic House
Molly McKenzie, Chair

Jefferson County Historical Society
1411 N 27th St
Mt. Vernon, IL  62864 
Jefferson, Region: 1
Group tours by appointment
Free admission
Museum and ten-building village centered in Jefferson County

John A. Logan College Museum
700 Logan College Rd
Carterville, IL 62918
Williamson Region: 1
M-F 8am-9pm, Sa 9am-5pm
Collections are local fine art, midwestern fine crafts, national wildlife art and historical materials related to John A. Logan. Exhibits and programs promote appreciation of southern Illinois' visual arts, cultural heritage, natural history, and relationship to contemporary issues.
Adrienne Barkley Giffin, Director of Cultural Affairs

John G. Shedd Aquarium
1200 S Lake Shore Dr
Chicago, IL  60605-2435
Cook, Region: 5
Jun-Aug: 9am-6pm daily; Sep-May: M-F 9am-5pm; closed Christmas.;
Shedd is the World's Aquarium housing 25,500 aquatic animals representing 2,100 species of fish, mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, and invertebrates from around the world.
Ted A. Beatie, President & CEO

Johnson County Genl & Historical Society
PO Box 1207
Vienna, IL 62995-1207
404 Vine St; Powell Museum & Research Ctr; Forman Depot Museum: Tu-F 10-4pm, Sa 8-12pm; May-Nov: F, Sa 1-4pm. Free.
Life of Paul Powell; history and genealogy in Johnson County; specialized displays and political memoribilia of Paul Powell, former Secretery of State in Illinois. 100 year-old railroad depot and exhibits on railroad history.
Gary Hacker, President

Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N Ottawa
Joliet, IL 60432
Will, Region: 5
200-204 N Ottawa
Tu-Sa 10-5pm, Su 12-5pm.
$6 Adults, $5 Seniors, $3 Ages 4-17.
Local history museum. Special programs for schools, scouts, children, and adults. Traveling exhibits, architectural/historical walking tours, overnights, Sweet Senior Tuesdays, and summer outdoor music series; fundraisers; Spring Luncheon, Rooftop Party in June, and Gala.
Anthony B. Contos, Executive Director
Main number: 815/723-5201

Joseph F. Glidden Homestead & Historical Center
921 W Lincoln Hwy
DeKalb, IL 60115
DeKalb Region: 4
Admission: nominal fee
Tours: May-November: 2nd & 4th Sun. of the month, 12-4pm, and by appointment throughout the year
Philanthropist Joseph Farwell Glidden was responsible for producing the first easy-to-manufacture and economic fencing material when he invented what became the most widely used form of barbed wire in 1874. "The Winner" barbed wire was responsible for "taming the West" and making railroad rights-of-way safer. Glidden's 1861 home is now the site of an emerging cultural center and living history museum. Both the home and unique brick barn where Glidden's famous barbed wire was first manufactured are listed on the National Register of Historic PLaces. A working blacksmith shop opened in 2010. Special programs and exhibits highlight Glidden's contribution to the economic development of both the region and the nation.
Historic House
Marcia Wilson, Executive Director

Jubilee College State Historic Site
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
11817 Jubilee College Rd
Brimfield, IL 61517
Peoria, Region: 3
Hours are seasonal. Please call.
History of Jubilee College, a mid-1800 Episcopal Church seminary.

Jurica Suchy Nature Museum
Benedictine University
5700 College Rd
Lisle, IL 60532-0900
DuPage, Region: 5
Sep-May: M-F 1-5pm, Su 2-4pm. Natural history collection featuring mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, and minerals. Guided tours for school groups. Discovery boxes for teachers and home schoolers.
Mary Mickus

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