Thank you to all our volunteers who helped, members who supported and visitors who enjoyed the Western Illinois Museum in 2015....

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2015 Year in Review

This past fall has been a busy time in the museum's storage area as volunteers work to document a recent donation of local pottery. Collector JoAnn ...

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2015 Collection News

The December Artifact of the Month at the Western Illinois Museum is the wonderful collection of Holiday greeting cards and postcards which have been ...

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Holiday Greetings

Tools of the Trade is a look back to a time when McDonough County was being developed into the communities we know today.  Considering the efforts a...

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Tools of the Trade

By Marla Vizdal The November Artifact of the Month at the Western Illinois Museum is a collection of photographs of McDonough County Sheriffs.  The c...

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McDonough County Sheriffs

The town of Macomb, Illinois, is named after General Alexander Macomb (April 3, 1782 – June 25, 1841). Who was this General? Alexander Macomb was bo...

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Alexander Macomb

The September Artifact of the Month at the Western Illinois Museum is a plat of The Town of Vishnu.  A plat is a map which is drawn to scale and show...

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Plat of the Town of Vishnu

The museum’s collection is full of everyday items that illustrate life in West Central Illinois. We are grateful when someone decides to donate an a...

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Collection Update

The Western Illinois Museum exhibits a selection of its collection in three exhibits a year.  We’re often asked how we decide what to exhibit.  Th...

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Exhibition Program

The Western Illinois Museum Board is pleased to welcome two new Directors, Anna Bower and Dr. Timothy Roberts. They will play an important role in gui...

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New Board Members