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Naper Settlement
Naper Heritage Society
523 S Webster St
Naperville, IL 60540-6517
DuPage, Region: 5
Apr-Oct: Tu-Sa 10-4pm, Su 1-4pm; Nov-Mar: Tu-F 10-4pm.
History comes to life at Naper Settlement! Outdoor museum village located on a beautiful 12-acre site in downtown Naperville. Accredited by the American Association ofMuseums, Naper Settlement has 30 historic structures ranging from a rustic cabin to an elegant Victorian mansion, listed on the Nationak Register of Historic Places. Other features inlcude several galleries of Naperville history, a wedding chapel, and a hands-on children's play center. Special events, programs, and activities take place year-round.
Peggy Frank, Executive Director

National Museum of Surveying
521 E Washington St
Springfield, IL 62705
Sangamon, Region: 3
Matthew Parbs, Asst. Director
Bob Church, Treasurer of Board

The National Public Housing Museum
750 S. Halsted, Suite 843 m/c 117
Chicago, IL 60607
1322 W. Taylor St
Cook. Region: 5
Jordan Powers, Communications & Programs

National Railroad Hall of Fame
200 E. Main St.
Galesburg, IL  61401
Knox, Region: 3
Julie King

Nauvoo Historical Society Museum
PO Box 69
Nauvoo State Park
Nauvoo, IL 62354-0069
Hancock, Region: 3
May 1-Oct 15: 1-5pm 1-4 PM
Museum artifacts, Native American, pioneer, Mormon, Icarian, & German periods
Sam Candido, Pres.

New Lenox Area Historical Society
(Office) 205 W. Maple Street
New Lenox, IL 60451
Will, Region 5
1930's One-Room Schoolhouse, New Lenox history, photos, artifacts, "Life In the Day of a One-Room Schoolhouse" program. Plus preservation of local landmarks. Museum is located at 20733 S. Schoolhouse Rd.
Bev Ferris, Executive Director

Newport Twp Historical Society
PO Box 98
Wadsworth, IL 60083
Lake, Region: 5
Wadsworth Rd
Monthly meetings.
Joyce Shelley, President

Niles Historical Society/Museum
8970 Milwaukee Ave
Niles, IL 60714
Cook, Region: 5
W, F 10-3pm. Tours on request. Suggested Donation $1 Adults, $.50 Children.
1920s living quarters, collections from the 1880s including farm implements. Tours for school and community groups.
Marge Berles, President

NIU Anthropology Museum
Northern Illinois University
Stevens Bldg
DeKalb, IL 60115
Anthropology Dept.
Dekalb, Region: 4
Donations welcome
The museum is opened during the summer:  Wednesday through Friday noon to 4pm and Saturdays 10am to 3pm.  During the school year, the museum is opened Tuesday through Friday 10am to 4pm and Saturdays 10am to 3pm.  The museum houses approximately 12,000 anthropological objects, with at least half from Southeast Asia. The museum has a large collection of textiles, baskets, and North American ceramics. Exhibits usually change each semester.
Sara Pfannkuche, Interim Director
815/753-7027 under construction in 2011.

NIU Art Museum
Northern Illinois University
Altgeld Hall, 116
DeKalb, IL 60115
DeKalb, Region: 4
Corner of College and Castle Drives, 1st Fl
Sep-May: Tu-F 10-5pm, Sa 12-4pm.
Balancing the challenges of contemporary art with the riches of traditional visual art as an eye-opening way to explore culture. Rotating temporary exhibits. Contemporary prints are the focus of the permanent collection. Burmese Art Collection. Membership program with bus excursions.
Jo Burke, Director

Norris City Community Museum Association
PO Box 408
Norris City, IL  62869
423 County Rd 700 N
White, Region: 1
Dean Hughes

Northbrook Historical Society
PO Box 2021
Northbrook, IL 60065-2021
1776 Walters Ave
Cook, Region: 5
1776 Walters Ave
Th 10-2pm, Su 2-4pm, except on holidays. Donations welcome.
Local history and genealogy; 1890s home; large photography collection of Shermerville - Northbrook; rotating exhibits.
Judy Hughes

Northern IL Tourism Development Office
200 S State St
Belvidere, IL 61008
Boone, Region: 4
M-F 8:30-5pm.
Tourism of northern Illinois.
Bonnie Heimbach, Ex Director

Norwood Park Historical Society
5624 N Newark Ave
Chicago, IL 60631-3137
Cook, Region: 5
Sa 12-4pm, & by appt
Local history (Norwood Park & Chicago's far northwest side), exhibits, local history research collection
Historic House
Susan J. Kroll

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O' Fallon Historical Society
PO Box 344
O'Fallon, IL 62269-0344
St. Clair, Region: 1
101 W State St
W, F, Sa 1-4pm and by appt. Free.
Museum and archives focusing on O'Fallon area history and genealogy. Tour groups welcome with advance notice. Located in historic First National Bank building. Special exhibits on native sons, actor William Holden and illustrator Bernie Fuchs.
Brian Keller, President

Oak Brook Historical Society
1112 Oak Brook Road
Oak Brook, IL 60522-3821
DuPage, Region 5
Collections topics include archaeology, early
settlement and past and present day development of
Village of Oak Brook. Archives, photographs and
artifacts available as research resource for the above
named topics.
Kathy Maher, President

Oak Lawn Public Library
9427 S. Raymond Avenue
Oak Lawn, IL 60543
Local history is a branch of the Oak Lawn Public Library responsible for preserving the community's history through artifact collection and preservation, oral history, exhibits, public programming, research, and more. Come and visit the Local History Room to see the latest exhibits and displays!
Kevin Korst, Local History Coordinator

Ogle County Historical Society
PO Box 183
Oregon, IL 61061-0183
Ogle, Region: 4
111 N 6th St
Th 9-12pm; May-Oct: Su 1-4pm. $2 Suggested Donation.
Ruby Nash Museum & Carriage House is an authentic 19th century home of the well-known teacher. Furnishings, historical artifacts, and cultural exhibits from 1850 through WW II reflecting life in the County.
Dorothy Bowers

Old Lincoln Courtroom & Museum
101 W. 3rd. St.
Beardstown, IL 62618
Cass, Region: 2

Old School Museum
110 E Cherry
Winchester, IL 62694
Old School house
Scott, Region: 3
Not open to the public at this time. Under development.;
Tricia Demby Wallace

Old State Capitol State Historic Site
Illinois Historic Preservation Agency
Old State Capitol Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701
Sangamon, Region: 3
Hours are seasonal. Please call.
Suggested Donation $2 Adults, $1 Children.
Reconstructed historic site served as state capitol from 1837-1876; Lincoln served last term as representative and lay in state in Hall of Representatives upon his death May, 1865. Guided tours and special events.
Justin Blandford, Site Manager

Olson Gallery/NIU School of Art
Jack Arends Hall VAB 216
DeKalb, IL  60115
DeKalb, Region: 4
Peter Van Ael

Onarga Historical Society
PO Box 130
Onarga, IL 60955
Iroquois, Region: 2
The Onarga Historical Society was formed in November,
2006 by a group of Onarga residents dedicated to
collecting and preserving artifacts and memorabilia on
Onarga's rich history.

Oriental Institute Museum
University of Chicago
1155 E 58th St
Chicago, IL 60637
Cook, Region: 5
Tu, Th-Sa 10-6pm, W 10-8:30pm, Su 12-6pm. Closed Monday $7 adult, $4 child suggested onation.
The Oriental Institute Museum transports visitors to the ancient Middle East with gallery tours, lectures, and special events. Founded by Illinois native James Henry Breasted and surrounded by the beautiful campus of the University of chcago, the Oriental Institute is a pioneer in the study of the Ancient Middle East.
Geoff Emberling

Orpheum Children's Science Museum
346 N Neil
Champaign, IL 61820
Champaign, Region: 2
Tu-Fr 10-4pm, Sa-Su 1-5pm.
$4 Adults, $3 Children over 2.
At the orpheum Children's Science Museum, we inspire, engage, and educate children through exploration of science and the arts. We are in our nineteenth year of enriching our community through camps, after school programs, classes, special events, exhibits, and field trips. The Orpheum has great birthday parties, facility rentals, and volunteer opportunities. We are located in downtown Champaign, Illinois.
Sonya Darter, Executive Director

Oswegoland Heritage Association
PO Box 23
Oswego, IL 60543-0023
Kendall, Region: 4
72 Polk St at Jackson St
Little White School Museum
W-F, Su 12-4pm, Sa 9am-4pm; Archives: Th 1-4pm, Sa 9-12pm. Donations welcome.
Museum and archival collections include a wide variety of materials on local families, businesses, and government, including census records, vital records, cemetery records, church records, and an extensive collection of maps and photographs.
Roger Matile, Director

Ottawa Scouting Museum
PO Box 2241
Ottawa, IL 61350
La Salle, Region: 4
History of scouting.
Mollie Perrot, Director

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Palatine Historical Society
Palatine Park District
PO Box 134
Palatine, IL 60078-0134
Cook, Region: 5
George Clayson House Museum: 224 E Palatine Rd
Tu, Th 9-4pm, Su 1:30-4:30pm.
Donations welcome.
Local history and genealogy, historic preservation, library; fire house museum.
Marilyn Pedersen, Director

Park Forest Historical Society
400 Lakewood Blvd
Park Forest, IL 60466
1950s Park Forest House Museum
400 Lakewood Blvd
Park Forest, IL 60466
Cook, Region: 5
Wed. 11am-2pm; Sa 10am-3pm through February 2012, and by appt. March, 2012: Wednesdays and Saturdays 10:30am-3pm. Closed in January
$5 Adults, 12 & under free with adult.
The first fully-planned post-WWII suburb, home of one of the first shopping centers, America's Original GI Town.
Post WWII suburban history, 1948-1953, in an original townhome, period furniture, toys, books, clothing. Archives and library feature area history 1946-present. Call first for research. Archives are now open for research in a separate location.
Jane Nicoll, Curator

Parkland College Art Gallery
2400 W. Bradley Ave
Champaign, IL 61821
Champaign, Region: 2
Lisa Costello

Pecatonica Heritage Museum
PO Box 243
Pecatonica, IL 61063
Winnebago, Region: 4
213 Main St
By appt. Free. Donations welcome.
Agriculture - mid-19th century to present; local and area history; post and beam elevator and farming structure over 100 years old.
Joan Cunningham, Board Member

Pecatonica Historical Society
PO Box 243
Pecatonica, IL 61063-0243
Winnebago, Region: 4
314 Main St
Sa 9-12pm and by appt.
Agriculture - mid-19th century to present; local & area history; post & beam elevator & farming structure over 100 years old.
Mary Mohaupt

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
Chicago Academy of Science
2430 N Cannon Dr
Chicago, IL 60614
Cook, Region: 5
M-F 9-4:30pm, Sa-Su 10-5pm.
The Nature Museum helps urban dwellers to connect to the natural world through scientific learning and environmental programs. 250,000 objects and specimens, butterflies, wetlands, ecosystems.
Joseph Shader, CEO

Peoria Historical Society
611 SW Washington
Peoria, IL 61602-5104
Peoria, Region: 3
Flanagan House Museum: 942 NE Glen Oak. By Appointment
Pettengill-Morron House: 1212 W Moss Ave. By Appointment

$7 Adults, $3 Children under 12.
1837 Flanagan House Museum is the oldest standing residence in Peoria. The American Federalist style house has a spectacular view of the Illinois River Valley with collections of antique glass, china, furniture, toys, and vintage clothing. 1868 Pettengill-Morron House was built by Moses Pettengill in the Second Empire style and has eleven rooms containing artifacts from several Peoria families. In 1900 a Colonial Revival Porch was added and a porte cochere, giving the home a Victorian appearance.
Walter C. Ruppman, Executive Director
309/674-1882 fax

Perry County Jail Museum
Perry County Historical Society

108 W Jackson
Pinckneyville, IL 62274
Perry, Region: 1
M 9-4pm, W 8:30-12pm.
Community, industry, and school history; tours; research assistance.
William E. Timpner, President

Piatt County Museum
315 W Main St
Monticello, IL 61856
Piatt, Region: 2
New museum under construction. Call for information.
County artifacts including furniture, art, photos, musical instruments, dolls, agriculture equipment, clothing, household items, and much more.
T.J. Shambaugh, President

Pilcher Park Nature Center
2501 Highland Park Dr
Joliet, IL 60432
Will, Region: 5
Sep-Apr: 9-3pm; May-Aug: 9-4:30pm. Free.
Collection of native fish and reptiles and a red-tailed hawk. K-12 educational programs to introduce to northeastern Illinois flora and fauna, naturalist-guided educational hikes and field trips.
Debbie Greene

Pioneer Sholes School Restoration Society
Kane County Forest Preserve
PO Box 1275
St. Charles, IL 60174-7275
Kane, Region: 5
LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve
Jun 15-Oct 15: Su 1-4pm; Jun 15-Aug: Th 1-4pm; Feb: Su 1-4pm. $1.
Restored one-room school that also serves as a living museum for students and teachers to reenact schools in the late 1800s.
Deanna Banner, Ex Director

Piper City Community Historical Society
RR 1, Box 108
Piper City, IL 60959
Ford Region: 2
First Sa of month: 9:30am-11:30am
Margaret Boma

Plainfield Historical Society & Museum
217 E Main St
Plainfield, IL 60544
Will, Region: 5
Sa 1-4pm.
Plainfield history, Indian artifacts, vintage clothing, school memorabilita, kitchen artifacts.
Harriett Glasgow

Polish Museum of America
984 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL 60622-4101
Cook, Region: 5
Daily 11am-4pm except Th
Polish history & culture, Polish & Polish-American paintings, sculpture, drawings; cultural programs, exhibits & concerts.
Jan M. Lorys, Director

Polo Historical Society Museum
125 N Franklin St
Polo, IL 61064-1506
Ogle, Region: 4
113 N Franklin St
Polo Aplington House: by appt.;
1878 Henry School: Apr-Oct: W afternoons.
M-Th 10-3pm and by appt. Donations welcome.
History of Galena Trail and Northwest Territory; Native American artifacts; 1833 survey tools; history of Lime kiln on National Register; newpapers museum; agricultural display. 1853 Aplington House visited by Lincoln features Civil War history; Underground Railroad; military history. 1878 Henry School features Black Hawk War, Trail Tales and Hemp Mill displays. Tours.
Betty Obendorf, Curator

Pontiac-Oakland Museum
205 N. Mill St
Pontiac, IL 61764
Livingston, Region: 2
Free admission M-F 9am-5pm Sat & Sun 10am-4pm.
Pontiac & Oakland Automobiles, Pontiac & Oakland memorabilia, largest Pontiac-Oakland library in the country, available for research
Tim Dye, Director

Pope County Historical Society Museum
PO Box 837
Golconda, IL 62938-0837
Pope, Region: 1
Main & Columbus Ave
Apr-Nov: Sa 9-11am, Su 1-3pm.
Local history, books, documents, photos, furniture, and other items relating to the county.
Mildred McCormick, Corresponding Secretary

Poplar Grove Vintage Wings & Wheels Museum
5151 Orth Rd., Ste 1-A
Poplar Grove, IL 61065
Boone, Region 4
May 1 - Sept. 30, Mo-Fri 11am-3pm; Sat 10am -1pm
Pre-World War II aviation and automobile history; education programs for children and adults.
Judy Zangs

Postville Courthouse State Historic Site
Illinois Historic Pres Agency
PO Box 355
Lincoln, IL  62656-0355
914 5th St
Logan, Region: 3
Tu-Sa Noon - 5pm; Closed State holidays. Open after hours by appt.; Donations welcome
The Eighth Judicial Circuit in Logan County; Lawyer Abraham Lincoln in Logan County; county government of the 1840s; furnishings.

Prairie Aviation Museum
2929 E. Empire
Bloomington, IL 61704
McLean, Region: 2
Tu-Sa, 11am-4pm; Su, 12-4pm
To educate, entertain, and insprie through collecting, preserving, and displaying aircraft, artifacts, and memrabilia about aviation and space.
John Edkley, President
Frank Thompson, Curator

Prairie Grass Nature Museum
Round Lake Area Park District
814 Hart Road
Round Lake, IL 60073
Lake, Region: 5
860 Hart Road
M 4:30pm-7pm; Tu, W 9:30-2pm; Th 9:30-2pm; 4:30pm-7pm; Sa 9:30-12pm.
Collection includes artifacts from different habitats, interactive exhibits, live animals, mounted animals, various crafts and hands-on activities. Nature classes for all ages, school programs, nature camps, special events, scout programs and interpretive trail.
Frank Palmisano, Jr., Museum Supervisor

Preservation Partners of Fox Valley
PO Box 903
St. Charles, IL 60174
Kane, Region: 5
M-F 9-4pm.
Operates three historic historic house museums: William Beith House, Durant House and the Fabyan Villa and Japanese Garden.
Elizabeth Safanda

Preservation Services
Illinois Historical Preservation Agency
1 Old State Capitol Plaza
Springfield, IL 62701
Sangamon, Region: 3
M-F 8:30am - 5:00pm
The Preservation Services is home to the State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO) for Illinois. The SHPO is charged with administering federal and state preservation programs and laws, including: overseeing the nomination of sites to the National Register of Historic Places; conducting surveys of historic and archaeological resources; reviewing federal and state undertakings (such as road projects) for their impact on cultural resources; working with local governments in developing local historic preservation programs in preparation for designation as Certified Local Governments; administering rehabilitation tax incentives for qualified historic buildings; and providing education, training, and technical assistance to the public in historic preservation matters.
Mike Jackson, Division Manager

Pritzker Military Library
104 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60603
Cook, Region: 5
Tues, Wed: 11am-4pm; Thurs: 11am-7pm; Fri-Sat: 10am-4pm
$5.00; Members are free
35,000 volumes on American military history, prints, posters, artifacts, archival fonds. Two permanent exhibits on the Medal of Honor and Citizen Soldier. One-to-two rotating exhibits. Author events, school visits.
Teri Embrey, Senior Librarian
Fax: 312/374-3914

Provident Foundation
1525 E 53rd St, Ste 433
Chicago, IL 60615
Cook Region: 5
Jame W. Myles

Pullman State Historic Site
llinois Historic Preservation Agency
1111 South Forrestville Ave
Chicago, IL 60628
Cook, Region: 5
Hours are seasonal. Please call.
Conceived by George Pullman as the “perfect town” for workers in his Pullman Palace Car Company.
Mike Wagenbach, Site Manager

Putnam County Historical Society & Museum
PO Box 74
Hennepin, IL 61327-0074
Putnam, Region: 4
Corner of Rt 26 and Power Plant Rd
Tu, W, F 9- 3pm.
Putnam County history, agricultural heritage, genealogy, and historic 1844 house.
Karen Bailey, President

Quincy Art Center
1515 Jersey St
Quincy, IL 62301
Adams, Region: 3
Tu-F 12-4pm, Sa, Su 1-4pm. Suggested Donation $2 Adults, $1 Seniors/Students.
A visual art museum with 12-15 rotating exhibits primarily featuring contemporary art by regional artists including three annual competitive exhibits. Ongoing educational programs includes hands-on program for k-4th graders, tours, classes, and workshops. Gift shop.
Julie Nelson, Executive Director
217/223-6950 or

Quincy Museum
1601 Maine St
Quincy, IL 62301-4264
Adams, Region: 3
Tu-Su 1-5pm and by appt.
$3 Adults, $2 Children.
Restored 1890s Victorian home with 2nd and 3rd floor exhibit rooms featuring local history, Native Americans, Mississippi River Wildlife, dinosaurs, and changing exhibits. Summer programming for children, boy and girl scout badge classes, Elizabeth Stillwell’s All American Girls Summer Classes, school tours on a variety of topics, and special Christmas tours and programming.
Barbara Wilkinson, Ex Director

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