Places of the Past

Places of the Past

West Central Region


Dickson Mounds Museum. 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Rd. Lewistown, IL 61542 Daily 8:30AM-5PM 309-547-3721 A branch of the Illinois State Museum and a National Historic Site, Dickson Mounds is one of the major on-site archaeological museums in the country. The museum offers a unique opportunity to explore the world of the American Indian in an awe-inspiring journey through 12,000 years of human experience in the Illinois River valley. Multimedia presentations detail the shift from reliance on wild resources to food production and village life, and the changes brought about by the arrival of Europeans. The museum includes a variety of special exhibits and programs throughout the year. www.museum.state.il.us/ismsites/dickson


Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum. 304 Walnut Carthage, IL 62321 217-357-3119 Mon., Wed., Fri., Sun. 1-4PM Memorial to Labor Day, daily 1-4PM Permanent displays include American Indian exhibits. www.carthage.lib.il.us/community/museums.html

LaHarpe Historical & Genealogical Society. 111 E. Main LaHarpe, IL 61450 Mon & Sat. 9-11AM & 1-4 PM 217-659-3635 Permanent displays include local artifacts. www.carthage.lib.il.us/community/museums.html

Nauvoo Historical Society Museum. Nauvoo State Park Ill. Rte. 96, south edge of Navoo, IL May 1 - Oct. 15 1-5PM 217-453-6671 Housed in a restored home originally built by Mormons in the 1840s, the museum exhibits artifacts from all periods of Nauvoo's history, from Native American occupation to the 1930's. www.nauvoohistoricalsociety.org


Knox County Museum. Old Courthouse, 33 Public Square Knoxville, IL 61448 Sun 2-4PM & by appointment 309-289-2814 The county museum, located in the old Knox County Courthouse has military items, household, agricultural and building tools, as well as American Indian artifacts donated by area residents.


Marshall County Historical Society & Museum. 314 5th St., P.O. Box 123 Lacon, IL 61540 Mo & We 9AM-noon 309-246-2349 The museum has on display several diverse collections, including American Indian artifacts.


Mercer County Historical Society Museum. 1406 SE 2nd Ave. Aledo, IL 61231 Apr.-Oct.: We, Sa, Su 1-5PM 309-582-2280 The museum has an exhibit of prehistoric Native American artifacts found in Mercer County.

New Boston Historical Society and Museum. 202 Main St., P.O. Box 284 New Boston, IL 61272 Apr.-Oct.: Su 1-5PM 309-587-8440 Museum includes a display of local American Indian artifacts.


Chillicothe Historical Society Museum. 723 N. 4th St. Chillicothe, IL 61523 309-274-9076 We & Th 1-4 PM; First Su of the month, 1-3 PM Permanent displays include American Indian exhibits. www.chillicothehistorical.org

Wildlife Prairie State Park. 3826 N. Taylor Rd. Hanna City, IL 61536 9AM-6:30PM 309-676-0998 This 2,000-acre zoological park has the kinds of animals that lived on the prairie during pioneer days. Along with the restored prairie, there is a pioneer farmstead and a visitor center that includes a display of Native American artifacts.


Warren County Historical Museum. 210 East Penn Ave., P.O. Box 325 Roseville, IL 61473 309-426-2304 Mem-Lab Day: Su & holidays 1-5PM & by appt. County historical items include a case of local American Indian artifacts.