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Bureau County Museums

Bureau County Genealogical Society

629 S. Main St.,
Princeton, IL 61356

The Society is devoted to the preservation of historical and genealogical records for Bureau County. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; other times are available by appointment.

Owen Lovejoy Homestead

Rt. 6 East & Rt. 26,
Princeton, IL 61356
815-875-2616      or 815-879-9151

A Former Station on the Underground Railroad, the Lovejoy Homestead is located at the eastern edge of Princeton, Illinois, and was the home of the Denham and Lovejoy families for nearly 100 years.

Also located on the Lovejoy Homestead property is the one room Colton Schoolhouse. It was moved from its original location 2.5 miles east to the Homestead in 1971.

Wyanet Historical Society

320 E. Second St.,
Wyanet, IL 61379
815-699-2559 or      815-699-2419

History of town, schools, genealogy, veterans, WWI and II history, uniforms and Civil War diaries available for viewing. By appointment. Donations are welcome.

Mineral Pride Historical Society Museum

115 Main St.,
Mineral, IL 61344

Devoted to the preservation of the memories and history of those who were raised or spent a part of their lifetime in Mineral, Illinois.

Bureau County Historical Society & Museum

109 Park Ave West,
Princeton, IL 61356

Four floors featuring local history, genealogy, pioneers, agriculture, Civil War, library, and natural history. Cherry Coal Mine Disaster Display. Open March through December, Wednesday-Saturday, 1-5 p.m. Groups by appointment. Donation requested.

Spring Valley Historic Association Museum

201 W. St. Paul St.,
Spring Valley, IL 61362

Open Wednesdays & Saturdays Year round 1 - 4PM

Featuring items related to John Mitchell, Coal Mining, Area Businesses and Schools.

Henry Thomas Museum

North King St.,
Wyanet, IL 61379

Henry Thomas was the first permanent settler in Bureau County. Born in Virginia; he settled in 1828 in Bureau Township. He was a man of many firsts. Among the firsts in Bureau County, Thomas was responsible for the first furrow plowed; his daughter, Mary was the first settler child born; and the first post office was located at his Bureau County Township home. View a wonderful museum of Bureau County Township and Thomas Family memorabilia. By appointment only.

Sheffield Historical Society

125 Washington St.,
Sheffield, IL 61361

Historic Danish church built in 1880 and museum with 10 exhibit areas and a research and reference room for local history of ten towns and genealogy. Admission is $1 per person. Research fees may apply. Hours are Thursday-Saturday 11a.m.-4pm.

Manlius Historical Society

122 E. Maple Ave
Manlius, Illinois 61338
815-646-4369      815-445-4102      or 815-454-2532
By Appointment only

The 1915 First State Building was designed by Parker Noble Berry, a Prairie School architect, who was chief designer for Louis H. Sullivan. Building is listed in the National Register of Historic Buildings and Sites in the United States. Berry died at a young age, so there are few visible examples of his work.

Neponset Township Historical Society

113 Commercial St.,
Neponset, IL 61345

Genealogical information and displays. By appointment only.

Tiskilwa Historical Society Museum

110 E. Main St.
Tiskilwa, IL 61368

Recently recognized as "Volunteer Institution of the Year" by the Illinois Association of Museums, Tiskilwa Historical Society offers six galleries displaying Tiskilwa's colorful past: Native American artifacts, village, military and school memorabilia, Hennepin Canal construction photos, old farm implements, early domestic items, railroads, churches, and quite a bit more.

Visit our Museum on Main "Where the past is present" on Saturdays from 9:00AM to 2:00PM.

You'll easily spot our MUSEUM ON MAIN on the south side of Tiskilwa's three block business district. In case you're concerned when you see the 25 steps of the former Methodist Church building (where our museum is housed), don't worry - the museum is on the lower level, and our facility is handicapped accessible.

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