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

The Western Illinois Museum has a collection of 21 groundbreaking shovels that document the building of what is known today as Western Illinois Univer...

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Ground Breaking Shovels

The Western Illinois Museum is located in the Military Tract or “Bounty Lands.”  This term, commonly used in the early 1800s, has given way to d...

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Plans for Permanent Exhibit

For forty years, the museum has been preserving and protecting our history.  Greatest Hits of Our History is the last in a series of three that celeb...

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Greatest Hits of Our History

The Western Illinois Museum’s Artifact of the Month for January 2015 is a gavel made from two pieces of wood taken from the USS Constitution, also k...

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USS Constitution Gavel