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Early American Museum
Champaign County Forest Preserve District
PO Box 1040
Mahomet, IL 61853-0669
Champaign, Region: 2
600 N Lombard
Mar-Dec daily 1-5pm; Jun-Aug M-Sa 10-5pm, Su 1-5pm. Free.
Interprets East Central Illinois through local history, early settlement, agriculture, textile production and decorative arts. Strong lighting and blacksmithing collections; cloth making tools; telephone equipment. Programs include public events for families, artisan demonstrations, public lectures, CPDU workshops for teachers and summer activities for children. School programs geared to meet Illinois State Learning Standards.
Cheryl Kennedy, Director

Edgewater Historical Society
5358 N Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60640
Cook, Region: 5
Sa 1-4pm and some Su.
Donations welcome.
Collections include area photos and items related to the Edgewater Beach Hotel and two area historic districts. New exhibits each year. Programs feature Chicago authors and other guest speakers. Tour of home interior is 3rd Su in Sep.
Elizabeth L. Mayian, President

Effingham County & National Road Museum
1215 S. 3rd St
Effingham, IL 62401
Effingham, Region: 2
Dan Wormhoudt

Egyptian Theatre
PO Box 385
DeKalb, IL 60115
DeKalb, Region: 4
135 N 2nd St
By appt for tours; live events and movies scheduled regularly.
Stage performances and preservation and use of an historic movie palace.
Alex Nerad

Elgin Area Historical Society & Museum
360 Park St
Elgin, IL 60120
Kane, Region: 5
W-Sa 12-4pm, one Su a month, closed Jan-Feb.
History of Elgin since 1835; Native American collections, artifacts from Elgin National Watch Company and Elgin Road Races; architecture and industry.
Elizabeth Marston, Director

Elgin Public Museum
225 Grand Blvd
Elgin, IL 60120
Kane, Region: 5
Jun-Sep 1: Tu-Su 12-4pm; Sep 2-May 31: Sa-Su 12-4pm and by appt.
$2 Adults, $1 Children.
Natural history and anthropology collection. Education programs for pre-school through Senior citizens. Multi-cultural holiday display.
Peggie Stromberg, Director

Elizabeth Historical Society
PO Box 115
Elizabeth, Illinois 61028-0115
Jo Daviess, Region:4
Train Depot Museum, 111 E Myrtle St; Elizabeth History Museum, 231 N. Main St. (on Hwy 20)
May-Oct: Sa-Su 11-3pm. Adult admission, Children free. Tours arranged anytime by special appointment. 815/858-2343.
Artifacts showcasing the railroads of northwestern Illinois, with special emphasis on the Chicago Great Western. Working telegraph equipment, 11 operating model trains. Milwaukee RR Caboose on site and over 3,000 railroad artifacts.
Gerald Speer, Museum Curator

Elk Grove Historical Museum
Elk Grove Park District
499 Biesterfield Rd
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007
Cook, Region: 5
Sep-May: Wed and Fri 2:30-5:30pm, Sa 11-2pm; Jun-Aug: Tues-Fri Noon-5pm, Sat 11-2pm
$1, call for program prices.
Specializing in the history of Elk Grove Township and Village. Facilities include the 1856 Schuette-Bierman Farmhouse Museum, a reproduction 1910 one-room schoolhouse, and 1880 barn complete with early agricultural tools and equipment, chicken coop, and privy. Historical programs and workshops for all ages. Annual temporary exhibit on display from March-August.
Sandy Denninger, Curator

Ellwood House Museum
509 N 1st St
DeKalb, IL 60115
DeKalb, Region: 4
Tu-F 1 and 3pm; Sa-Su 1, 2, and 3pm; Visitor Center: M-F 10-4:30pm, Sa-Su 12:30-4:30pm.
$8 Adults, $3 Youth.
Guided tours of late Victorian mansion of barbed wire millionaire Isaac L. Ellwood with restored interiors ca. 1880-1910 shown with original family furnishings and artwork. Large Visitor Center with barbed wire history exhibit, carriage gallery, and yearly special exhibits. School and scout programs, lectures, and seasonal events. Extensive grounds and gardens. Collection includes barbed wire, Ellwood family history, 1850-1950 historic textiles, DeKalb County pictures.
Gerald Brauer

Elmhurst Art Museum
PO Box 23
Elmhurst, IL 60126
DuPage, Region: 5
150 Cottage Hill Ave
Tu, Th, Sa 10-4pm, W 1-8pm, F, Su 1-4pm. $7 Adults, $5 Seniors, $5 Students, Under 12 Free. Admission to the museum is FREE on Tuesday.
Specializing in late 20th century American Art, its award winning building was designed around the McCormick House, one of only three Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed homes built in the United States. Each exhibition calendar year, the museum presents a balance of deserving regional artists and important national shows, such as the two recent exhibitions from the Smithsonian appearing here in their only Midwest venue. Programs include curator talks, docent lead tours, hands-on children’s activities and tours, and artist demonstrations.
Phyllis O'Neill, Ex Director
630/834-0202 ext. 111

Elmhurst Historical Museum
120 E Park Ave
Elmhurst, IL 60126
DuPage, Region: 5
Tu-Su 1-5pm. FREE (donations welcome)
A local history museum with regional appeal housed in the 1892 Glos Mansion. Features a permanent exhibit on Elmhurst history, original exhibits on a variety of history-related subjects, and national touring exhibits. PublicOngoing programs and events for children, families, and adults. Also operate a ca. 1850 Churchville One-Room Schoolhouse, a National Register propoerty located in Bensenville.
Brian Bergheger, Director

Erlander Home Museum
Swedish Historical Society
PO Box 5443
404 S 3rd St
Rockford, IL 61104
Winnebago, Region: 4
Tu-F 1-4pm, Su 2-4pm. $5 Adults, $4 Seniors, $3 Age 3-17, $15 family cap.
1871 Victorian brick home built by Rockford industrialist John Erlander. Interior walls painted by daughter Mary Erlander. Collections include Rockford made furniture, unusual musical instruments, and many items depicting Swedish immigration and contributions. Yearly Swedish festivals and special programs.
Leah Nelson, Ex Director

Ernest Hemingway Foundation
PO Box 2222
Oak Park, IL 60303
Cook, Region: 5
Birthplace: 339 N Oak Park Ave. W, F, Su 1-5pm, Sa 10-5pm; Museum: 200 N Oak Park Ave. F, Su 1-5pm, Sa 10-5pm.
The life/work of Hemingway, with emphasis on his Oak Park origins.
Scott Schwar

Ethnic Heritage Museum
PO Box 382
Rockford, IL 61105-0382
Winnebago, Region: 4
1129 S Main
Su 2-4pm and by appt. $2 Adults, $1 Children under 12, $5 special events.
Preserving the culture of the six major nationalities that settled in Southwest Rockford including African American, Irish, Polish, Italian, Latino, and Lithuanian; artifacts, oral histories, costumes, paintings and other media, language program, folk artand dancing, and musical instruments.
Shirley Fedeli, President

Evergreen Park Historical Commission
9418 S Kedzie Ave
Evergreen Park, IL 60805
Jerry Bosch
708/422-1551 ext 2385

Exploration Station. . .a Children's Museum
Bourbonnais Twp Park District
459 N Kennedy Dr
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Kankakee, Region: 2
Sept - Mar: Su 1-5 pm, Tu-Sa 10 am-5 pm.
Apr - Aug: Su 1-5 pm, Mo-Sa 10 am-5 pm
$5 Adult Non-residents, $2.50 Adult Residents.
$4 Child Non-residents, $2.50 Child Residents.
Interactive exhibits such as two-story medieval castle; community room with post office, vet clinic, dental office, and grocery store; water and air exhibit; arts and crafts table; toddler town area; and rotating exhibits from the Chicago Field Museum.
Sara Winkel, General Manager

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Fairbury Echoes Museum
126 W Locust
Fairbury, IL 61739
Livingston Region: 2
Th-F 1-4:30pm, Sa 9-11:30am
History of Fairbury & surrounding area, topical exhibits on rotating basis.
Diane Pawlowski, President

Fashion Columbia Study Collection
Columbia College
1006 S. Michigan Ave, 4th Fl
Chicago, IL 60605
Cook, Region: 5
Steph McGrath, Curator

Fern Dell Historic Association Inc.
PO Box 254
9 E. Front St.
Newark, IL 60541
Kendall, Region: 4
Sat. & Sun., 1:00-4:00 (Spring, Summer, and Fall)
Open by Appointment
Civil War, railroad, local farming, and community artifacts.
Marilynn Thompson, Curator

Fire Museum of Greater Chicago
5218 S. Western Ave
Chicago, IL  60609
Cook, Region: 5
Bill Kugelman

First Division Museum at Cantigny
Robert R. McCormick Museum
1 S 151 Winfield Rd
Wheaton, IL  60189
DuPage, Region: 5
Feb: F-Su 10-4; Mar-Dec: Tu-Su 10-4; Mem. Day-Labor Day: Tu-Su 10-5pm;
The museum is dedicated to preserving the history of the 1st Infantry Division of the Army.
Dr. Paul Herbert

Flagg Creek Historical Society
Pleasant Dale Park District
7425 S Wolf Rd
Burr Ridge, IL 60527
Cook, Region: 5
Flagg Creek Museum: M 10-12:30pm; Robert Vial House: Th 10-12:30pm and by appt.
Maps and displays featuring local history with changing display theme yearly. 1856 Vial House restored with period furniture, I & M Canal history, and occasional special exhibits.
Alice Latham, Vice President

Flagg Township Historical Society & Museum
518 4th Ave
Rochelle, IL 61068
Ogle, Region: 4
Roberta Hanson, Treasurer

Flora B&O Depot Museum
223 W. Railroad Street
Flora, IL 62839
Clay, Region 1
Heather Lucas, Director, Chamber of Commerce
618-662-5646 (Chamber office in Depot)
Open Monday-Friday 9:30am-4:00pm and weekends by appointment. Suggested donation, $1.00 adults; Seniors/Students/Under 12s free.
Restored prairie-craftsman-style depot is listed on the "National Register of Historic Places." The first floor museum includes General PArsons, railroad and local history collections. Second floor "Community Room" is available for reunions, weddings, and receptions. The Flora Community Developement Corporation is a 501(c)3 non-profit that is restoring the depot and finishing a portion for a museum depicting our ties to railroad transportation and telling the history of our town and county. Part of the museum is finished with more to be done. Rental and scheduling information:

Forest Preserve District of Cook County
Conservation Department
536 N Harlem Ave
River Forest, IL 60305
Cook, Region: 5
Several nature centers, gardens, and wildlife museums.
Steven M. Bylina, Jr., General

Forrest Historical Society
PO Box 134
Forrest, IL 61741
Livingston, Region: 2
Sandra Schrof

Fort de Chartres State Historic Site
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
1350 State Rte 155
Prairie de Rocher, IL 62277
Randolph, Region: 1
Hours are seasonal. Please call.
Suggested Donation $2 Adults, $1 Children.
Visitors can view the original powder magazine and several other buildings inside this French fortification. The site sponsors many events throughout the year. Reference library, concessions stand.
Darrell Duensing, Site Manager

Fort Hill Heritage Museum
PO Box 582
Mundelein, IL 60060
Lake, Region: 5
601 E. Noel Dr
Sa 1-4pm. Donations welcome.
Mundelein area heritage which includes all of Fremont Township, parts of Avon Township, & Libertyville Township, century old memorabilia, educational programming for local schools
Dottie Watson, President/Curator

Fort Kaskaskia State Historic Site
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
4372 Park Rd
Ellis Grove, IL 62241
Randolph, Region: 1
Hours are seasonal. Please call.
Historic cemetery, picnic grounds, camping grounds; scenic view of old Kaskaskia and Mississippi River.
Chester Wingerter

Fox Lake-Grant Twp Area Historical Society
PO Box 224
Ingleside, IL 60041
Lake, Region: 5
411 Washington St
Su 1-4pm and by appt.
Donations welcome.
Local history including a Governor Stratton display, military memoribilia and artifacts, photos, and genealogy.
Nancy Kubalanza, President

Fox River Trolley Museum
Fox River Trolley Assoc
PO Box 315
South Elgin, IL 60177-0315
Kane, Region: 5
361 S LaFox St
May-Nov: Su and holidays 11-5pm; Jun-Aug and Oct: Sa 11-5pm
Rides: $3.50 Adults, $2 Youth, $2 Seniors, Day $7.
Railway museum preserving the transportation heritage of Fox River Valley via the operation of Aurora, Elgin, and Fox River Electric Company trolley line. Offers trolley rides, picnic facilities, boat and fishing ramps. Castlemuir Station has gift shop and over 20 electric railway cars including AE&FRE 304, which returend home in 2009 and the only existing street railway post office car.
Don MacBean, Manager

Frances Willard House
Frances Willard Historical Association
1730 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL 60201-4585
Cook, Region: 5
1st and 3rd Su of month and by appt.
$5 Adults.
Collection includes original furnishings, Frances Willard’s personal library of WCTU records and papers. School programs, speakers bureau, school curriculum, special girl scout programs and other programs.

Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust
931 Chicago Ave
Oak Park, IL 60302
Cook, Region: 5
Home and Studio
Tours: M-F 11am, 1, 3pm, Sa-Su 11-3:30pm; Book shop: 10-5pm, closed major holidays.
Guided walking tours of the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio, Oak Park, and the Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago. Programs include a nationally recognized research center, membership and volunteer programs, educational programs, and merchandise.
Suzy Geron, Mrk Coord

Frankfort Area Historical Society
PO Box 546
Frankfort, IL 60423
Will, Region: 5
132 Kansas St
Su 1-4pm and by appt. Closed Jan-Feb.
Local history, pioneers, historic preservation, school records, speakers, and education programs.
Judy Herder, President

Freeport Art Museum
121 N Harlem Ave
Freeport, IL 61032
Stephenson, Region: 4
Tu-F 10-5pm and Sa 12-5pm . Closed Su, M and Major Holidays
Over 4,000 artifacts from all continents and periods including antiquities from Rome, Greece, amd Egypt. Ethnographic objects from Africa, SE Asia, and Papua New Guinea. 15-19th centery European painting, prints, and sculpture. Arts programming.
Linda Vietmeyer, Public Services Coordinator

Friends of Dr. Richard Eells House
PO Box 628
Quincy, IL 62306-0628
Adams, Region: 3
415 Jersey St
Group tours by appt. $1 per person.
Underground Railroad; Dr. Richard Eells; early Quincy architecture; 1835 house, including Sheraton, Empire, and Chippendale furniture and other decorative arts with documented patterns of wallpaper, floorcoverings, and windows.
George Irwin, President

Friends of Fabyan
PO Box 801
Geneva, IL 60134-0801
Kane, Region: 5
1925 S Batavia Rd
Resource center by appt. Jun-Oct: History Walks 2nd Su of month meet at Fabyan Ville at 1pm. $3 for History Walk.
Support group for Fabyan Forest Preserve containing Fabyan Villa, a 1907 Frank Lloyd Wright design, resource center, and historic walking tours.
Darlene Larson and Mary Jean McCleary, Co-Presidents

Friends of the Castle
Villa Kathrine Tourist Information Ctr
PO Box 732
Quincy, IL  62306-0732 
532 Gardner Expressway
Adams, Region: 3
M-Sa 8am-5pm, Su 1-5pm; $3 Adults, $1 Children
The historic Villa Kathrine serves as Quincy's tourist information center and is the only example of Mediterranean architecture on the Mississippi River.  The villa is available for rentals for showers, business meetings, and weddings.

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Galena/Jo Daviess County Historical Society & Museum
211 S Bench St
Galena, IL  61036-2297
Jo Daviess, Region: 4
Daily 9am-4:30pm; closed New Years, Thanksg, Christmas, & Easter
$7 Adults, $6 Seniors, $5 10-18 yrs, Under 10 free, $18 families under one roof.
History of Galena & Jo Daviess County including the Civil War, U.S. Grant, lead mining, steamboating, 19th century life, agriculture, geology
Nancy Breed

Galena State Historic Sites
Illinois Historic Pres Agency
307 Decatur St, PO Box 333
Galena, IL 61036-0333
Jo Daviess Region: 4
M-F 8am-4:30pm; closed all state holidays
Local & regional History, U.S. Grant & E. B. Washburne research; office & archives
Terry Miller, Site Manager

Galesburg Railroad Museum
211 S. Seminary St.
PO Box 947
Galesburg, IL  61402
Knox, Region: 3
Mem Day-Labor Day: Tu-Su 10am-4pm;
Railroad memoribilia & history as pertains to galesburg & surrounding area.
Michael T. Godsil


Garfield Farm Museum
Garfield Heritage Society
Box 403
LaFox, IL 60147-0403
3N016 Garfield Rd at Rte 38
Kane Region: 5
Jun-Sep: W, Su 1-4pm, by appt. $3.
Historically intact former 1840s farmstead and teamster inn being restored as an 1840s living history museum.
Jerome Johnson, Director

Gaylord Building
200 W 8th St
Lockport, IL 60441
Will, Region: 5
Tu-Sa 10-6pm, Su 12-6pm. Free.
The oldest remaining commercial building in the I&M Canal National Heritage Corridor built in 1838. Explore the building’s canal exhibits and enjoy its public landing restaurant.
Mark S. Harmon, Executive Director

Gen. John A. Logan Museum
Murphysboro Park District
PO Box 563
Murphysboro, IL 62966-0563
1613 Edith St
Jackson, Region: 1
Jun-Aug: Tu-Sa 10-4pm, Su 1-4pm; Sep-May: T-Su 1-4pm.
Suggested Donation $2 Adults, $1 Children under 12.
The museum, located near Logan’s boyhood home, has permanent and temporary exhibits related to Logan, the Civil War, and 19th century life.
P. Michael Jones, Director

Geneseo Historical Museum
205 S State
Geneseo, IL  61254
Henry, Region: 4
Jun-Aug: M-F 9-3pm, Sa 2-4pm;
27 room Italianate home built in 1855 & second addition in 1867, part of the underground railroad. Hiding hole on display in basement. Garden & outdoor displays.
Angie Snook, Curator

Geneva History Center
113 S 3rd St
Geneva, IL 60134
Kane, Region: 5
Tu-Sa 11-4pm, Su 12-4pm. $2 Suggested Donation.
The Center's new facility offers 3,000 square feet of exhibits of local history, expanded archives from 1830 to present, educational programming, and a museum store.
David Oberg, Ex Director

Gilman Historical Society
217 N. Central St.
Gilman, IL  60938
Iroquois, Region: 2

Glen Carbon Heritage Museum
151 N Main
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
Madison, Region: 3
124 School St
Village history, coal mining, early industrial revolution, company town, microfilm of United Mine Workers of America Union No. 686.

Glen Ellyn Historical Society / Stacy's Tavern
PO Box 283
Glen Ellyn, IL 60138-0283
DuPage, Region: 5
557 Geneva Rd
Su, Tu, W 1:30-4:30pm.
Stacy’s Tavern Museum is a fully restored stagecoach inn on its original foundation (circa 1846). Collections feature furniture, clothing, household goods, books, and textiles from 1830-1860. Historic records collection features over 3,000 digitized images, original photos, and documents of early Glen Ellyn.
Janet Langford, Ex Director

Glencoe Historical Society
377 Park Ave
Glencoe, IL 60022
Cook, Region: 5
W 9-3pm, 2nd & 4th Su of month 2-4pm. Free.
Local history exhibits, research center, artifacts, and photos.
Ellen Shubart, President

Glenview Area Historical Society
1121 Waukegan Rd
Glenview, IL 60025
Cook, Region: 5
Donations welcome
Museum: Su 1-4pm; Library: Tu 1-4pm
1864 farmhouse furnished in the late Victorian and Edwardian styles and with artifacts from the Glenview area. Library collections of photos, newspapers, books, and files relating to Glenview residents, businesses, schools, and churches.
Beverly Dawson, President

Glessner House Museum
1800 S. Prairie Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
Cook, Region: 5
Wed.-Sun., tour center opens at 11:30am; tours of Clarke House Museum, Noon and 2pm; tours of Glessner House Museum, at 1:00 and 3:00pm.
Admission: one house - $10 adult, $9 senior or student, $6 child; both houses, $15 adult, $12 senior or student, $8 child; Wednesday admission FREE.
Home of John and Francis Glessner designed by H.H. Richardson. National Landmark located on historic Prairie Avenue. Furnished with many of the Glessners' personal litems including extensive collection of Arts & Crafts decorative arts.
William Tyre, Executive Director & Curator
FAX: (312)326-1397

Governor Oglesby Mansion
Macon County Conservation District
421 W William St
Decatur, IL 62522
Macon, Region: 2
Mar-Nov: last Su of the month 2-4pm, Christmas open house. Free.
Historic home of Illinois Governor Richard J. Oglesby; late 19th century architecture (Italianate) and furnishings; life and history of Governor Oglesby including a visit from General U.S. Grant. Rental available for social events and meetings.
Pat Penhallagon, President

Graue Mill & Museum
3800 S York Rd
Oak Brook, IL 60523
DuPage, Region: 5
Tu-Su 10-4:30pm. $3.50 Adults, $3 Seniors, $1.50 Children.
Interactive milling demonstrations, artifacts of the Civil War era displayed in period rooms, underground railroad museum.
Sandra Brubaker, Executive Director

Grayslake Historical Society
PO Box 185
164 Hawley Street
Grayslake, IL 60030-0185
Lake, Region: 5
Wed-Sat, 12:00-4:00pm, during downtown events and by appointment
Admission: donations appreciated
Permanent and changing exhibit gallery featuring artifacts, images, and documents relevant to the Grayslake area history and its people; archives; gift shop; youth and adult programs
Charlotte K. Renehan, President of the Society

Great Lakes Naval Museum
US Naval Station
Building 42, 610 Farragut Ave.
Great Lakes, IL 60088-6307
Lake Region: 5
Wed., Thurs., Sat.: 1:00-5:00p,; Fri.: 11:00am-5:00pm
As an official department of the Navy Museum, the mission of the Great Lakes Naval Museum is to select, collect, preserve, and interpret the history of the United States Navy with particular emphasis on the Navy's only "boot camp" at the Naval Training Station/Center at Great Lakes, Illinois.
Jennifer Searcy, Director

Greater St. Louis Area Air & Space Museum
2300 Vector Dr
Cahokia, IL  62206-
St. Clair/Madison, Region: 1
William B. Weber

Greene County Historical & Genl Society
PO Box 137
Carrollton, IL  62016
520 N Main St
Greene, Region: 3
W, F 9-3pm; by appt; Free
The mission of the Society shall be to research, collect care for, exhibit, and interpret items that illustrate the history of Greene County from settlement to the present time, and place it in the context of the history of the State of Illinois.

Gregory House Museum
Rte 1, Box 94
Whitehall, IL 62092
Greene, Region: 3
Gregory Farm 2 miles south of White Hall on US Rte 67
Weekend after Labor Day in Sep 9-4pm and by appt. Donations welcome.
Historical displays related to the Gregory Farm, owned by seven generations of the same family since 1821, and the agricultural, political, and community history of the area.
Emily B. Esarey, Curator

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Grundy County Historical Society
510 W. Illinois
Morris, Illinois 60450
Grundy, Region: 4
Open Thurs., Fri., and Sat., 10:00am to 3:00pm
Local exhibits, quilts, military, schoolroom, machine shed, Mazon fossils and tully monster.
Donna G. Sroczynski


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