Museum Building Project!

Exciting things are happening at the Museum!  We have LONG needed a restroom on the first floor of the building for our visitors as well as our volunteers, and it’s about to happen!  A small addition is being added to the west end of the building to house a fully handicapped restroom to the north and a small kitchenette on the south.  We are hoping to have it shelled in before the snow flies and completed before we reopen next spring. If you wish to make a donation to help offset the costs of this project, please send to Earlville Community Historical Society, PO Box 683, Earlville, IL 60518.  Every little bit helps!  Thanks in advance!


THE MUSEUM IS OPEN – NO APPOINTMENTS NEEDED!  We are excited to welcome you back!  When you visit we are asking that you wear a mask to protect our volunteers and other visitors.  We’ve missed you!  To schedule an appointment outside of our usual business hours, call Anna at (815)985-3763 or Kris at (815)252-9380.


Stan Meloy, ECHS VP, Dave & Helen Michelsen, Rich Goodbred, Pres.

We have always been fortunate to have the support from our members and community whether its the extra couple of bucks you drop in our donation crock, or a “keep the change” when purchasing a calendar, buying a membership, or including us in your annual donation or as a memorial for your loved one.  However, Christmas came early this year when Dave and Helen Michelsen came forth last month and wrote a check for $6,363 to the Historical Society to pay off the mortgage owed to the Pioneer State Bank!  This year, in particular, with fundraisers and other events being cancelled, we are so grateful.  Earlville is a great place to live, and we hope that our Museum continues to reflect that!


If you lived in town prior to 1985 you will remember the fire whistle that would blow in order to summons the firemen to the station.  In addition to that important job, the whistle was also blown regularly at 7am. 12 noon, 1pm, 6pm and 9pm.  As kids, many of us depended on that whistle to inform us when to report home for lunch and dinner, and to leave our friend’s house and get home at night.  The whistle was removed in 1985 and has been stored in Bob Goodbred’s shed ever since.  It came home to the Museum this week.


During the summer we finally were able to finish up some improvements to the little shed to the south of the Museum.  Many of you will remember it as Charlie Biehl’s woodworking shop.  A new roof and new floor were installed creating a space that can now be used as a display area.  It’s a perfect space to feature our Agriculture display including items used on the farms long ago, the grain elevators, hemp mill, blacksmithing, livery stables, dairies, trucking and more.


Over the past year(s) we have compiling information on Earlville houses, businesses and families.  If you are doing a genealogical search or just looking for interesting facts about these subjects, please stop in and let us show you.  We have enlarged maps and photos of the downtown areas and could really use your help in making this resource more complete.  We’re looking for copies of family trees, obituaries, information about your business or a business that your parent, grandparent may have had.  Please stop in!  We know you won’t be sorry!