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

South Lafayette Street South Side Square 131-137 South Randolph Built by Joseph Gamage in 1898, this building is known as the Gamage Building or the M...

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Macomb’s Courthouse Square

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

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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