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Randolph County Archives & Museum
1 Taylor St
Chester, IL 62233
Creole House: 104 Hillcrest Dr
Randolph, Region: 1
M-F 8:30-3:30pm and by appt.
Displays artifacts, photos, and documents of Randolph County history. Provides interpretive guided tours.
Emily Lyons, Curator

Raupp Memorial Museum
Buffalo Grove Park District
530 Bernard Dr
Buffalo Grove, IL 60089
Cook, Region: 5
901 Dunham Lane
M-W 2-5pm, 2nd W 7-8:30pm, Su 1-4pm.
Buffalo Grove people and places, a general overview of life in the past: farming, household objects, family memorabilia

Reddick Mansion Association
100 W. LaFayette St.
Ottawa, IL 61350
LaSalle, Region 5
Monday and Wednesday through Saturday 11am to 3pm; Sunday 11am to 2pm; closed Tuesday
$5.00 per adult, $2.00 per child
House and gardens open for tours, programs throughout the year include Victorial Christmas, weekend of Thanksgiving; spelcialty afternoon tea; living history day for kids; presentation of music by local groups, ice cream social; organized school tours. Service to maintain local history and education of local history. Will establish collection dedicated to the first Lincoln/Douglas Debate, which was held in Washington Park across from the Mansion building.

Richland Heritage Museum
PO Box 153
Olney, IL 62450 Richland,
Region: 1
Museum: 122 W Elm; Carnegie Bldg: 401 E Main
Heritage House Museum: 330 S Kitchell

Apr-Oct: Su 1-4pm and by appt. Free.
1870s home and artifacts, restored library featuring local history collections including military, agricultural, medical, and local artifacts.
Paul Wirth

Ridge Historical Society
10621 S. Seeley Ave.
Chicago, IL 60643-2618
Cook, Region: 5
Su, Tu, Th 2-5pm and by appt.
History of Beverly, Morgan Park, and Washington Heights communities, and surrounding areas, 1835 to present; provides assistance in researching earth sciences, geology, architecture and genealogy.
Jane Nicoll, Ex Director

Riverside Historical Museum
Riverside Historical Commission
27 Riverside Rd
Riverside, IL 60546-2264
Cook, Region: 5
10 Pine Ave
Saturdays 10:00 am -2:00 pm and by appointment on weekdays. Free.
Collections includes: An archive of approximately 16,000 documents and artifacts that are primarily dedicated to preserving the rich history of Riverside. Archival materials include origins, territorial plats, maps, manuscripts, architectural drawings, records of Village management and civic organizations, Historic Structure Survey, photographic records, rare books, audiovisual tapes and transcriptions and Native American artifacts. It houses many nationally significant artifacts relating to Riverside, Frederick Law Olmsted, Louis Sullivan, Frank Lloyd Wright and many other noteworthy architects who have built structures in Riverside.
Gary Mechanic, Director

Robert R. McCormick Museum
1 South 151 Winfield Rd.
Wheaton, IL 60189
DuPage, Region: 5
Feb: F-Su 10-4; Mar. 1-April 30: Tu-Su 10-4; May 1 -October 31: Tu-Su 10-5pm; Nov-Dec: Tu-Su 10-4pm. closed January
Furnishings, books, & memorabilia of Col Robert R. McCormick, editor & publisher of Chicago Tribune.
Diane Gutenkauf, Director

Rock Island County Historical Society
822 11th St
Moline, IL 61265-1221
Rock Island, Region: 4
W-Sa 9-4pm, 1st M of the month 6-9:30pm. Free.
Rock Island County history and genealogy; upper Mississippi and Rock River history and geography; collections include newspapers, city directories, organizational and personal records; carriage house with old carriage and tools; 1905 house museum.
Kathryn Felsman, President

Rockford Art Museum
711 N Main St
Rockford, IL 61103
Winnebago, Region: 4
M-W, F, Sa 10-5pm, Th 10-7pm, Su 12-5pm. $3 Adults, Members, Students, and Children free.
Permanent collection of more than 1600 works reflects the diversity of 19th and 20th century American art. Important works by American impressionist painters, historical and contemporary photographs, and self-taught African American artists comprise the focus areas of the collection. Greenwich Village Art Fair held each Sep.
Linda Dennis, Ex Director

Rolling Meadows Historical Society
3100 Central Rd
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
Cook, Region: 5
The 1950s House
Su 1-4pm, W 10-2pm. Donations welcome, tour groups $1 per person.
Reproduction 1950s era home and furnishings. Local history.
Beverly Keagle

Ronald Reagan Museum
Eureka College
300 E College Ave
Eureka, IL 61530-1500
Woodford, Region: 2
M-F 9-8pm, Sa10-6pm, Su 12-8pm. Closed on holidays, call during academic breaks. Free.
Largest collection of items beyond the Presidential Library of items related to the 40th President and 1932 alumni of Eureka College. Nearly 1000 items on desplay reflecting Reagan's entire life--most donated by the former President. Reagan Peace Garden honors the 1982 speech he gave on campus with a piece of the Berlin Wall. Eureka College also has two historic buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Brian P. Sajko, Curator

Roselle Historical Foundation
39 E Elm St
Roselle, IL  60172
102 S Prospect
DuPage, Region: 5
Su  2-4pm, & by appt;
Exhibiting artifacts of early history of Roselle, farm, schools, railroad & military rooms in old house museum; second building, the Richter House, has been restored to the 1920s period.
Joan Beauprez, Historian
mailing address: 39 E. Elm

Route 66 Hall of Fame & Museum
110 W. Howard St.
Pontiac, IL 61764
Livingston, Region: 2
Marilyn Pritchard

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Saline Creek Pioneer Village & Museum
Saline County Historical Society
1600 Feazel St
Harrisburg, IL 62946
Saline, Region: 1
Tues.-Sat., 2:00-4:00pm
Tours $5.)) adult, $3.)) children
Cain Church, one room school, post office, and general store, log cabin, block house, and museum
Mary Shackleford, President

Savanna Historical Society
PO Box 124
406 Main St. Savanna, IL 61074
Carroll, Region: 4
Hours: by appointment
Gene Wright Gallery of Civil War Soldiers, 90 authentically clad soldiers portraying the great diversity of soldiers fighting in the Civil War.
Jean Jones

Schingoethe Center for Native American Culture
Aurora University
347 S Gladstone Ave
Aurora, IL 60506-4892
Kane, Region: 5
Dunham Hall, 1400 Marseillaise
Tu 10-6:30pm, W-F 10-4pm, Su 1-4pm (during University sessions). Closed in Aug. Suggested Donation $3 Adults.
Native American culture museum features exhibits, public programs, educational materials and traveling exhibits, and reference library.
Meg Bero, Executive Director

The Science Center
2321 S Illinois Ave
Carbondale, IL 62903-5912
Jackson, Region: 1
M-Th 10-6pm, F, Sa 10-9pm, Su 12-5:30pm. $2.50 per person. 3 and under free.
Children's hands-on science museum; discovery based, highly interactive exhibits, classes, after-school and home school programs, summer camps, Scout Badge programs, and weekly programs.
Pamela Madden, Ex Director

Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum
PO Box 334
Shabbona, IL 60550-0334
DeKalb, Region: 4
119 W Comanche
Tu-Th 9-11:30am/12:30-3pm, Sa 9-11am.
Donations welcome.
Local history and genealogy featuring family history documents, census records, abstracts, local newspaper microfilm, plat books, and other publications. Volunteer research assistants.
Ada Gallagher, Curator

Shedd Aquarium (John G.)
1200 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Chicago, IL 60605-2435
Cook, Region: 5
May 29, 2007 – Sept. 3, 2007: Daily 9am–6pm; -Thursdays June 22 – Aug. 31: 9am–10pm; Sept. 1, 2006 – May 28, 2007: Weekdays 9am–5pm, weekends & holidays 9am–6 pm. Closed Christmas Day.
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.

2010 Dewey Ave, 2nd Floor
Room 206

Evanston, IL 60201
Cook, Region: 5
Thurs-Fri, Membership starts at $25.
Shorefront collects, preserves and educates people about Black history on Chicago's suburban North Shore. Its quarterly journals annual traveling exhibits, lectures, seminars, research assistance, archiving of history is key to the preservation of the African American communities from Evanston north to Lake Forest. The Shorefront Legacy Center is now located in the former Foster School complete with gallery and research center.
Dino Robinson, Founder

Silvercreek Museum
2954 S Walnut Rd
Freeport, IL 61032
Stephenson, Region: 4
Selected dates - Meml Day-Oct
Call for information.
Early Americana, Redwing Pottery, Rawleigh items, Stover and Arcade items, industry and agriculture, and antique vehicles.
Larry Buttel

Six Mile Historical Society
PO Box 483
Granite City, IL 62040
Madison, Region: 3

Skokie Heritage Museum
Skokie Park District
8031 Floral Ave
Skokie, IL 60077
Cook, Region: 5
Th-F 12-4pm, Sa-Su 10-2pm. Donations welcome.
Located in the Historic Engine, the museum focuses on firefighting and Skokie history and pioneer life in 1847 log cabin.
Amanda Hanson, Educator

Slovenian Women's Union Heritage Museum
431 N Chicago St
Joliet, IL 60432
Will, Region: 5
M-F 10-2pm. Donations welcome.
The Slovenian Heritage Museum was established to preserve, protect, and interpret the story of the Slovenian immigrant woman. The museum collection includes vintage clothing, musical instruments, religious articles, photographs, art, choral sheet music, musical recordings, and furniture. The library houses over 1000 books.
Mary Lou Voelk

Smart Museum of Art
5550 S. Greenwood Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637
Cook, Region: 5
Tu-F 10-4pm; Sa-Su 11-5pm. Free.
Fine arts museum of the University of Chicago spanning five centuries of both Western and Eastern civilizations; special exhibits and educational programming.
Anthony G. Hirschel

Southeast Chicago Historical Society
c/o Calumet Park Field House
9801 S. Avenue G
Chicago, IL 60617
Cook, Region: 5
James P. Fitzgibbons Historical Museum:
9801 Ave G - Calumet Park Fieldhouse

Th 1-4pm
History of Chicago's Southeast Side, including East Side, Hegewisch, South Chicago, and South Deering communities; artifacts and memorabilia on industry, labor, commerce, social and cultural affairs.
Barney Janecki, President

Southern Illinois Art Gallery/Artisan Shop
Illinois State Museum
14967 Gun Creek Tr
Whittington, IL 62897-1000
Franklin, Region: 1
Daily 9-5pm. Closed holidays.
Fine, decorative, industrial, and ethnographic arts; wide range of changing exhibitions; the Artisans Shop offers visitors the opportunity to purchase unique handcrafted works by Illinois artisans.
Debra Tayes, Assoc Curator of Art

Southern Illinois Association of Museums
PO Box 297
Carmi, IL  62821 
Jackson, Region: 1
Museums serving southern Illinois.
Cindy Conley

Springfield Art Association
700 N. 4th St.
Springfield, IL 62702
Sangamon, Region 3
Edwards Place House Museum: Open by appt only; Art Association Gallery: M-F 9am-5pm, Sa 10am-3pm; Library: M-F 9am-5pm. $3 Suggested Donation.
The SAA is comprised of four distinct areas: The School of Art, offering community art classes four times a year; the Michael Victor II Art Library, one of the largest art libraries in downstate Illinois with more than 5,000 art related books, periodicals, and videos; the Gallery of Art, a temporary, changing gallery; and the Edwards Place Historic Home, the oldest home in Springfield on its original foundation.
Angie Dunfee, Ex Director

Spurlock Museum
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
600 S Gregory St
Urbana, IL 61801
Champaign Region: 2
Tu 12-5pm, W, Th, F 9-5pm, Sa 10-4pm, Su 12-4pm.
Free. Suggested donation $3.
The Museum celebrates the world with galleries, tours, programs, and special events featuring the cultures of Asia, Europe, Africa, Native North and South America, the ancient Mediterranean, ancient Egypt, and Mesopotomia.
Kim Sheahan, Assistant Director of Education

St. Charles Heritage Center
215 E Main St
St. Charles, IL 60174
Kane, Region: 5
Dunham-Hunt Museum: 304 Cedar Ave
Tu-Sa 10-4pm, Su 12-4pm. Suggested Donation $2 Adults, $1 Seniors/Students. Under 12 free.
Local history exhibits in a 1928 restored gas station.
Julie Bunke, Registrar

St. Clair County Historical Society
701 E Washington St
Belleville, IL  62220
602 Fulton St
St. Clair, Region: 1
M-F 10-2pm; closed Sa-Su and major holidays; $2 Adults, $1 Children
Emma Kunz House museum features decorative arts collection, library, and gift shop. Gustave Koerner house restoration.
Norma Walker, Administrator

Stephenson County Historical Society
1440 S Carroll Ave
Freeport, IL 61032
Stephenson Region: 4
$4 Adults, $2 Children, Members free
Wednesday-Sunday, Noon to 4pm year round
1857 Victorian house, 1843 log cabin, one-room school house, farm & industrial museum with exhibits on Stephenson County; Lincoln-Douglas debates, Jane Addams, Arcade toys, local history & underground railroad hide-away room.
Historic House
Edward Finch, Executive Director

Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society & Museum
PO Box 65
Sterling, IL 61081-0065
Whiteside, Region: 4
1005 E 3rd St
Tu, Th, Sa 10-12/1-4pm, Su 1-5pm. Donations welcome.
Local history, manuscripts, archives, photos.
Terence Buckaloo, Curator

Stockton Heritage Museum
PO Box 93
Stockton, IL 61085
Jo Daviess, Region: 4
107 W Front St
Apr-Dec: Sa 9-1pm. Donations welcome.
Local history, Kraft Cheese, and Chicago Great Western Railroad.
Bobbi Reagan, Director/Curator

Swedish American Medical Foundation
1401 E. State St.
Rockford, IL 61104-9863
Winnebago, Region: 4
John Mecklenburg

Swedish American Museum
5211 N Clark
Chicago, IL 60640
Cook, Region: 5
$4 Adults, $3 Seniors, students, & Children, memfr
Tu-F 10am-4pm; Sa-Su 11am-4pm
Collection consists of material specific to Swedish immigration to Chicago; tools, furniture, art, and textiles. Programs include contemporary art exhibits, lectures, concerts, celebrations of Swedish holidays, and school tours in the children’s museum.
Kerstin Lane, Executive Director

Sycamore Historical Society & Museum
PO Box 502
Sycamore, IL 60178
DeKalb, Region: 4
308 W State St, Lower Level
Apr-Oct: Tu, Th 10-1pm, Sa 10-1pm. Donations welcome.
Depository for items connected to Sycamore history. Visitors can see an exhibit with hands-on items for children, research in the archives, and attend a wide variety of programs.
Michelle Donahoe, Ex Director

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Tampico Area Historical Society & Museum
PO Box 154
Tampico, IL 61283
Whiteside, Region: 4
119 S Main
Apr-Oct: Sa-Su 1-4pm and by appt.
Local history collection including photos, business history, clothing, scrapbooks, newspapers, cemetery and funeral records, and other related displays.
Denise McLoughlin, Family History Coordinator

Tarble Arts Center
Eastern Illinois University
600 Lincoln Ave
Charleston, IL 61920-3099
Coles, Region: 2
9th St at Cleveland Ave
Tu-F 10-5pm, Sa 10-4pm, Su 1-4pm, closed M and holidays. Summer: Tu-Th 10-4pm, F 10-12pm, Su 1-4pm. Donations welcome.
Year-round schedule of changing art exhibitions, educational programs, and related activities serving east-central Illinois, EIU, and visistors. Collections include 20th century Illinois folk arts, American Scene/regionalist works on paper, contemporary Midwest works on paper, and paintings by Paul T. Sargent and Robert M. Root.
Michael Watts, Director

Tazewell County Genl & Historical Society
PO Box 312
Pekin, IL 61555-0312
Tazewell, Region: 3
719 N 11th St
M-F 9-1pm, Tu 7-9pm, W 1-4:30pm, Su 2-4:30pm. Donations welcome.
Local genealogy and history collection includes books, photos, and research materials; classes, workshops, and conferences.
John Durdle, President

Tazewell County Historic Places Society
Tazewell County Museum & Education Center
2950 Court St.
Sunset Shopping Plaza

Pekin, IL 61554
Tazewell, Region: 3
M & W 10-2pm, Sa 10-12pm or by appointment. Donations welcome.
Hinners organs and pianos, mammoth teeth, veteran’s memoribilia, Everett Dirksen collection, Lester Chace collection, and astronaut Scott Altman space career collection.
Christal E. Dagit, President
309/346-1889 or 309/347-8375

Telephone Museum Foundation
PO Box 162
Gridley, IL  61744-0162
318 Center St
McLean, Region: 2
M-F 1-4pm, Sa 8am-1pm; for guided tours of 10 or more call 309/747-4118; Donations welcome
Collection includes early telephone equipment, 1875 & 1876 models of Bell's first telephones, telephones used in the area from 1900-2000;  1940 operating switchboard allows visitors to talk over 1930s telephones; administrative records, telephone books, & memorabilia.  95% of all items on exhibit are from the Gridley area.
Rogers Kaufman, Curator

The 1820 Col. Benjamin Stephenson House, Edwardsville
409 S. Buchanan
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Madison, Region: 3
Friends of Col. Stephenson House
Th-Sa 10am-4pm, Su 12-4pm. Because of length of tours, tours are not offered after 3pm.
$6 Adults, $3 Children, under-5 free
Living history museum offering hands-on activities, tours, and special events. Period-dressed interpreters take visitors through the 1820 restored home and grounds.
RoxAnn Raisner, Director

The Evanston History Center, Evanston
225 Greenwood Street
Evanston, IL  60201 
Cook, Region: 5
House tours: Thurs-Sun, 1pm-4pm. Research Room/Archives: Tu-Th, Sa, 1-4pm
Admission: $10, tours, $5 research
19th-20th century clothing and accessories; political memorabilia; fine and decorative art; household appliances; book and publications on local history and architecture, including newspaper files, maps, photos, slides; monthly lectures, workshops, and walking tours.
Eden Juron Pearlman, Directory
Fax: 847/475-3599

The Museums at Lisle Station Park
921 School Street
Lisle, IL  60532 
DuPage, Region: 5
Call for hours.
Heritage & culture of 19th Century northern Illinois, 1874 CB&Q Depot, 1850's Netzley-Yender Farmhouse, 1830's Beaubien Tavern & 1881 CB & Q caboose
Michael Toohey

Theatre Historical Society of America
152 N York St, 2nd Fl
Elmhurst, IL 60126-2806
DuPage, Region: 5
Tu-F 9-4pm.
American theatre buildings featuring the American Movie Palace; archives with information on 14,000 theatres open by appt.
Richard Sklenar, Executive Director

Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum
Rockford Park District
411 Kent St
Rockford, IL 61102-2915
Winnebago, Region: 4
Tu-Su tours on hour at 1, 2, and 3pm; group tours and educational programs M-Su 9-5pm by appt.
$5 Adults, $4 Seniors, $2 Student, Under 5 free.
The exotic Swiss style cottage was built in 1865 and still contains the families original furnishings, as well as photographs and family diaries. Tours, programs, exhibits, and special events held all year.
Janna Bailey, Interim Director

Tiskilwa Historical Society
PO Box 87
Tiskilwa, IL 61368
Bureau, Region: 4
Museum on Main-136 West Main Street.
Sa 9-2 pm. Free.
Native American artifacts, local historical items including churches, farms, RR, businesses, Hennepin Canal and military memorabilia.
Cecille Gerber

Town and Country Public Library District
320 E. North St.
Elburn, IL 60119
Kane, Region 5
The library has ownership of the collection of the former Elburn Historical society. The collection consists of photographs, municipal records, school records, probate records, letters, journals, autograph books, and physical artifacts.
Mary Lynn Alms

Tremont Museum & Historical Society
PO Box 738
Tremont, IL 61568
Tazewell, Region: 3
Madison and Sampson Sts
2nd Su of month 2-4pm.
$2 Suggested Donation.
Artifacts and exhibits pertaining to Tremont history, including a display on Keystone Steel & Wire Co.
Janis Lee, President

Trutter Museum
5250 Shepherd Rd
Springfield, IL 62794
Karen Sanders

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