The brand new 2021 ECHS Calendars are now on sale!  Take a trip down Memory Lane or learn something that you didn’t know about our community.  As usual, the calendar is chock-full of vintage pictures of people and places in Earlville.  They sell for $15 each.  If you wish to purchase one (or  more!), contact us by mail (ECHS, PO Box 683, Earlville 60518) or via email at (earlville.history@yahoo.com).  There is a $2 per calendar charge for shipping.  These  make great Christmas gifts but are in limited supply and go fast – so get your order in now!

WE’RE OPEN FOR BUSINESS AGAIN – But “by appointment” only for now!!

THE MUSEUM IS OPEN BUT BY APPOINTMENT ONLY!!  We are excited to welcome our visitors back, but, due to Covid-19 we are asking that you call for an appointment first.  This way we can provide the safest environment for our volunteers and our visitors.  When you visit we are asking that you wear a mask and practice social distancing to protect our volunteers and other visitors.  We also ask that you not touch any of the items or displays.  We were able to convene our Board Meeting in person in June and are hopeful that will restart our members’ meetings once Illinois enters Phase 4.  Can’t wait to see you!  To schedule an appointment, call Anna at (815)985-3763 or Kris at (815)252-9380.


2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the formation of the Earlville American Legion Post 549.  The post was named in honor of James Herbison Hamill, the only Earlville resident to die in WWI.  The Museum features several photos and other artifacts about the Legion within the Military display.  Throughout this year Mike Roberson has been contributing articles to the Earlville Post providing a history of the Legion.  Thanks to Mike and to all who have served.


ECHS is looking for photos of storefronts of the business district from 1950-1990.  If you, your parent, or your grandparent owned a business during that time we’d love to scan a copy (better yet, if the owner of the store is in the picture, that would be great)!  We are also looking for pictures of: Maple Leaf Lake; the front of the Lyric Theatre; and any old houses in town, please contact us via our email at:  earlville.history@yahoo.com