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

Joseph Pech was born in 1827, and was an Austrian who learned the pottery trade in Vienna.  He immigrated to America in 1852 and settled in Maniowoc,...

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Joseph Pech

Western Illinois Museum Collection Management Policy 1.0 Mission Statement The Western Illinois Museum collects, preserves, studies, interprets and ex...

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Our Collection Policy

The August Artifact of the Month at the Western Illinois Museum is a photograph, taken in 1905, of the Old Settlers (or Pioneers) Club of McDonough Co...

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McDonough County Old Settlers

The Western Illinois Museum has a collection of over 6,000 artifacts and we’d like to share them with you!  We have a passion for preserving our lo...

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Presentations

For 40 years the Western Illinois Museum has passionately worked to protect the region’s treasures that tell the stories of our community.  If hist...

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Things are changing…

Charles Vilasco Chandler helped develop Macomb in the 19th century. In fact, Chandler acquired land in town to develop a park and in 1879 he gave the ...

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C. V. Chandler

The Western Illinois Museum Artifact of the Month for March 2015 is Rosie, a bisque head, German made doll, who once belonged to a girl from Macomb. ...

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Bisque Head Doll