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1876 Banwarth House & Museum
408 E. Sycamore St.
Elizabeth, IL 61028
Jo Daviess: Region: 4
Saturdays 9:00am-3:00pm
1870s Historical Culture
Diane Sipiera
(815)858-3362 fax

A. Philip Randolph Pullman Porter Museum
PO Box 6276
Chicago, IL  60680-6276
10406 S Maryland Ave
Cook, Region: 5
Apr-Dec 1: Th-Sa 12-4pm; $5 General.
African American labor history museum with a focus on the African American railroad attendant.

Abingdon Historical Society
500 W. Latimer
Abingdon, IL 61510
Knox, Region: 3

The African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society of Illinois Library and Museums, Decatur
314 N. Main
PO Box 25251
Decatur, IL 62523
Macon, Region 2
Monday, Wednesday, & Friday: 1:30 to 5:00pm, Every other Saturday, 11:00am to 2:00pm
Suggested donation: $5.00
Collections: African artifacts, military records, black poetry. Programs: tours, storytelling. Services: personal research, African American History & Research, writing family history, classes.
Evelyn Hood, Exec. Director

All Wars Museum
Illinois Veterans Home
1707 N 12th St
Quincy, IL 62301
Adams, Region: 3
Tu-Sa 9-12pm, 1-4pm, Su 1-4pm.
Donations welcome.
U.S. military actions from the Revolutionary War to current Iraq War. School and group tours by appt. Collection includes M60 Tank, M5 Stuart Tank, UH-1 Huey Helicopter, M1918 155mm gun, WW II-Korean War ambulance, jeeps, Civil War era James Rifled gun, and replica 1763 English 3 lb Smooth Bore Cannon and Limber.
Rick Gengenbacher, Director
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Amboy Depot Museum
PO Box 108
Amboy, IL 61310
Lee, Region: 4
40 South East Ave
Su, W, Th 1-4pm, F-Sa 10-4pm.
Donations welcome.
Two-story, 19 room Illinois Central Railroad Museum, Freight House, Steam Engine, Caboose and a One-room Schoolhouse. Extensive collection of railroad artifacts and equipment, local history, farm equipment, military items, rock and fossil collection & gift shop. Depot Days the last weekend of August.
Josephine “Dodie” Wilson, Manager

American Fluorite Museum
Hardin County Fluorspar Museum
PO Box 755
Rosiclaire, IL 62982
Hardin, Region: 1
Hwy 34 and Main St
May-Oct: Th, F, Su 1-4pm, Sa 10-4pm.
$3 Adults, $1 Children 6-12.
Collections of fluorite and associated minerals; mining artifacts and memoribilia; located on former mine/mill site.
Eric Livingston, President

America's History Museum at Godfrey
701 Pleasant Valley Dr.
Godfrey, IL 62035
Madison, Region: 3
Janice Phillips, Curator

Apple River Fort State Historic Site
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
PO Box 206
Elizabeth, IL 61028-0206
Jo Daviess, Region: 4
311 E Myrtle
Hours are seasonal. Please call.
Suggested Donation $2 Adults, $1 Children.
Experience history and learn about the conflict between local Native Americans and early settlers that grew into the Black Hawk War.
Dan Tindell, Site Manager

Archbishop Fulton Sheen Communication Room
600 E 3rd St
El Paso, IL 61738-1221
Woodford, Region 2
17 E Main, Rte 24
Karen Fulte

Arlington Heights Historical Museum
110 W Fremont
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Cook, Region: 5
112 W Fremont
Heritage Gallery and Shop: F-Su 1:30-4:30pm; Tours: Sa-Su 2, 3pm; Local history library: Th 1-4pm, F 9-12pm. Tours: $4 Adults, $2 Children, donations welcome.
Heritage Gallery and shop feature rotating exhibits and historical gifts and more. Tour the 1882 Muller home, Coach house, 1906 Soda Pop Factory building, 1908 Banta house, and an 1830s replica log home. Local history library open for research.
Kristina Christie, Administrator

Art Association of Jacksonville
PO Box 1213
Jacksonville, IL 62651-1213
Morgan, Region: 3
331 W College
Sep-May: Tu-Sa 4-6pm Su 1-3pm, closed major holidays.
Monthly exhibits featuring local and national artists. Permanent collections include an early Mississippian Indian Pottery Collection, the Miriam Cowgur Allen doll collection, and the Charles Prentice Thompson classical collection.
Kelly M. Gross, Director

Association of Midwest Museums
PO Box 11940
St. Louis, MO 63112
The Association of Midwest Museums (AMM), founded in 1927, is a dynamic, non-profit membership organization that provides resources to museums and cultural institutions and services to museum professionals in an eight-state region in the Midwest, including Illinois,Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Rachel Drochtor, Membership Services Coordinator

Atlanta Library & Museum
PO Box 568
Atlanta, IL  61723-0568
100 SE Race St
Logan, Region: 3
M-F 12:30-4:30pm
Local history.

Aurora Regional Fire Museum
PO Box 1782
Aurora, IL 60507
Cook, Region: 5
Th, F, Sa, 1-4pm. $3.50 Adults, $2.50 Seniors / Firefighters, $2 Children under 12.
History of firefighting in Aurora and surrounding communities; located in an old 1894 fire station; preservation of artifacts and history related to fire fighting.
David Lewis, Curator

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Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
6500 S Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60629
Cook, Region: 5
Daily 10-4pm.
Repository for the preservation of Lithuanian culture. Collections include art, photos, amber, and rare books. Research library, Lithuanian artifacts, exhibits, and genealogy. Children’s hands-on exhibits on immigrant history.
Stanley Balzekas, President

Batavia Depot Museum
Batavia Park District
155 Houston St
Batavia, IL 60510
Kane, Region: 5
Batavia Historical Society:
PO Box 14, Batavia, 60510
M, W, F-Su 2-4pm. $1.
Wide variety of history-based trips and programs are offered each year for children and adults. Collections focused on local history, nationally recognized collection of American Windmill history.
Carla Hill, Director

Beecher Community Historical Society
PO Box 692
Beecher, IL  60401 
620 Reed Street
Will, Region: 5
Virginia Bath

Beller Museum
129 S. Oak Ave
Westmont, IL 60559
DuPage, Region: 5
340 Burlington Ave, Downers Grove
By appt only. Free.
Museum contains a collection of vehicles, literature, brochures, magazine advertisements, and other memoribilia. There are also automobiles and artifacts from four other collections: Beller Collection, Model A Ford Collection, Ford V8 Foundation Collection, and the Salt Creek Model A Club Collection.
Eileen Valach, Adm Assistant

Belleville Public Library
121 E Washington St
Belleville, IL  62220
St. Clair, Region: 1
Main library: M & W 9am-9; Tu,Th-Sa 9am-5pm; West Branch: M, W, F, Sa 12pm-5pm; Tu & Th 12pm-8pm; shorter hours in summer;
Illinois history, local & state history; family history (depository for the St. Clair County Genealogical Society)
Harriett Zipfel

Bellflower Genl & Historical Society
407 W Center
Bellflower, IL 61724
McLean, Region: 2
210 Latcha St
By appt only.
Local history.
Dorothy Woliung, Co-President

Berwyn Historical Society
PO Box 479
Berwyn, IL  60402
1241 Oak Park Ave
Cook, Region: 5
By appt; none
Collection, preservation, & education of the historical heritage & culture concerning the origin & development of the city of Berwyn & its people
Jacky Wawrzyniak-Kveton, President

Birks Museum
Millikin University
1184 W Main St
Decatur, IL 62522
Macon, Region: 2
M-Su 1-4pm, closed Jun-Aug.
Decorative arts, porcelein, glass, metal, pottery, Millikin memoribilia.
Edwin G. Walker

Bishop Hill Heritage Association
PO Box 92
103 W. Bishop Hill St.
Bishop Hill, IL 61419
Mike Wendel
Henry; Region: 4

Bishop Hill State Historic Site
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
PO Box 104
Bishop Hill, IL 61419
Henry, Region: 4
Hours are seasonal. Please call.
Suggested Donation $2 Adults, $1 Children.
Local history, immigrants, communal life, agriculture, religion, folk art.
Martha Downey, Site Manager

Fox Valley Park District
100 S Barnes Rd
Aurora, IL 60506
Kane, Region: 5
May 1 - Aug. 28: M-Fy 9:30am-3:30pm. Sa, Su, holidays, 11:00am-5:00pm.
Admission: $7, adults; $6, children 2-12, seniors and under-twos free.
Pioneer cabin (1840), pottery shop (1850), blalcksmith (1900), spinning & weaving cabin (1860), Victoria Huntoon House (1890), Discover barn with chickens, sheep, goats, and more. Carriage Museum, Early Streets Museum, 12 old-fashioned shops, gift shop.
Sandy Smith

Black Hawk State Historic Site
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
1510 46th Ave
Rock Island, IL 61201
Rock Island, Region: 4
Hours are seasonal. Please call.
Suggested Donation $2 Adults, $1 Children.
Hauberg Indian Museum with exhibits and objects of the Mesquakie and Fox; over 200 acres with deciduous forest, six miles of hiking trails, interpretive trails, and three day use areas.
Scott Roman, Site Manager
Beth Carvey-Stewart, Museum Director

Blackwell History of Education Museum
Northern Illinois University
NIU, Learning Ctr
DeKalb, IL 60115
DeKalb, Region: 4
Gabel Hall 08
M-F 8-4:30pm, closed holidays.
Over 11,000 textbooks that were used in schools; some are more than 400 years old; collections of hornbooks, battledores, primers, readers, slates, pens, inkwells, samplers, prints, student work, report cards, and a variety of documents.
Lucy Townsend

Bloomingdale Park District Museum
108 S Bloomingdale Rd
Bloomingdale, IL 60108
DuPage, Region: 5
W 4-8pm, Th-F 10-4pm, Sa 12-4pm.
$1 Resident, $2 Non-resident.
Rotating exhibits of fine arts, art workshops, and historical artifacts. Facility rental also available.
Diane Duffy, Curator

Blue Island Historical Society
13018 Maple St
Blue Island, IL 60406
Cook, Region: 5
1st Th of month 7pm and by appt.
Local history museum has large collection of local artifacts, records, photos, and memoribilia.
Michale B. Kaliski, Chair

Boone County Historical Museum
311 Whitney Blvd
Belvidere, IL 61008
Boone, Region: 4
Tu, Th 8-4pm, W, F, Sa 12-4pm. $3 Adults, $2 Seniors, $5 Family, $1 Children.
Boone County history, research, genealogy, tours, and meetings.
Mary Hale, Director

Bottomley-Ruffing-Schalk Baseball Museum
121 W State St
Nokomis, IL 62075
Montgomery, Region: 3
Jan - Feb: M, Tu, Sa 9 - 11 am
Mar - Dec: M-Sa 9-11am
Apr - Oct: Tu 6 - 9 pm
Collecting and displaying memorabilia of Bottomley, Ruffing, and Schalk -- baseball Hall of Famers from the area; baseball memorabilia in general.
Steve Johnson, Treasurer

Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society
PO Box 311
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Kankakee. Region: 2
Tim Arseneau

Brettun & Blacks Store / Museum
Hampton Historical Society
431 2nd Ave
PO Box 68
Hampton, IL 61256
Rock Island, Region: 4
601 1st Ave
May-Oct: Sa-Su 2-5pm.
Restored building once used as a general store from 1849 to 1910 and as a pork shipping business from 1820-1949. Collection includes tools, hand-powered elevator, and other store items.
Merlin Nelson, President

Bronzeville Children's Museum
Evergreen Plaza, PO Box 428250
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Cook, Region: 5
96th and Western Ave, Lower Level
Tu-Sa 10-4pm. Tours on the hour. $3 Adults, $2 Children.
Collections celebrate African American culture and contributions. Programs include camp-in, classes and demonstrations, art, poetry, and quilt-making workshops. School outreach, head start collaborations, workshops and classes for teachers.
Peggy A. Montes, President

Brookfield Zoo
Chicago Zoological Society
3300 Golf Rd
Brookfield, IL 60513
Cook, Region: 5
Daily 10-5pm, Summer: 9:30-6pm. $10 Adults, $6 Children 3-11/Seniors 65 & up. Jan-Feb: free days Tu, Th, Sa, Su; Oct-Dec: free days Tu, Th.
Home to more than 2,000 animals representing nearly 400 species. Exhibits include “Regenstein Wolf Woods,” which offers viewing opportunities of Mexican gray wolves and “The Living Coast,” an underwater journey to see Humboldt penguins, small sharks, and other fish and mammals. The Hamill Family Play Zoo is geared toward families with children 10 and under, and offers captivating experiences that are unique to playing in nature-related settings. Children can touch animals, build habitats, examine animal X-rays, plant gardens, dress up in animal costumes, and much more! Education programs for school children and teachers.
Sondra Katzen, Media Relations Manager
708/485-0263 x351

Brunk Morgan Horse Museum
7221 Lake Service Rd
Rochester, IL 62563
Sangamon, Region: 3
By appt only. Membership $15.
19th century agrarian farm with emphasis on the Brunk family and their contribution to the Morgan horse. Site includes an 1820s barn and house.
Lois McDermand

Bryant Cottage State Historic Site
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
PO Box 41
Bement, IL 61813
Piatt, Region: 2
146 East Wilson Ave
Hours are seasonal. Please call.
Built in 1856, Lincoln and Douglas are said to have met at the home to plan their 1858 debates.
Marilyn Ayers, Site Manager

Bureau County Historical Society & Museum
109 Park Ave W
Princeton, IL 61356-1927
Bureau, Region: 4
Tu-Sa 1-5pm, closed Jan and Feb.
$3 Adults, $1 Children under 12.
Local history, genealogy, pioneers, agriculture, Civil War, library, and natural history. Cherry Coal Mine Disaster.
Pamela J. Lange, Ex Director

Burpee Museum of Natural History
737 N Main
Rockford, IL 61103
Winnebago, Region: 4
Summer Hours: 10am-5pm 7 days a week. Admission: $10 per adult;$9 per child 4-12; members free; under 4 free.
We offer four areas on fossils, regional biology, Native American history, and geology. Our most famous exhibit features 'Jane', our T-Rex star of "The Mystery dinosaur." We offer numerous educational programs for school-age children, along with expeditions and a speaker series.
Contact Person: Nancy Whitlock, Front Desk Manager and Marketing Director

Bushnell Historical Society
PO Box 53
Bushnell, IL  61422-
300 Miller St
McDonough, Region: 3
Peggy Hood

Butterworth Memorial Trust
1105 8th St
Moline, IL 61265
Rock Island, Region: 4
Butterworth Center: 1105 8th St
Deere-Wiman House: 817 11th Ave
Jul-Aug: Su 1-4pm; Year-round: M-F by appt. Donations welcome, bus groups $2 for one house, $4 for both.
1892 home of Katherine and William Butterworth, descendant of John Deere. Home features three extensive remodelings including a room to house 1700s venetian ceiling painting; 1872 Victorian style Deere-Wiman House was designed by William LeBaron Jenny and tells the story of four generations of Deeres. Both houses include gardens.
Gretchen Small, Program Director

Byron Museum of History
Byron Museum District
110 N. Union St.
Byron, IL 61010
Ogle, Region: 4
106 N Union St
Tu-F 8:30-3:30pm; Meml-Labor Day also open on Sa, Su 1-4pm.
Donations welcome.
The Museum features the Lucius Read House, a 1843 frontier brick home. Exhibits focused on local and area history. Tour programs available for adult and children’s groups.

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