Explore the history of Bureau County!
Call ahead and book your reservation by calling 815.875.2184. Tours are available Wednesday through Saturday, Noon until 5:00pm and begin at the Newell/Bryant home. Final tour of the day begins at 4:00pm and lasts approximately an hour. Advanced reservations are encouraged so we can adjust volunteer docent staffing.
Permanent exhibits include Native American artifacts, Lincoln and Civil War room, Bureau County Military History and Veterans displays, Cherry Mine Disaster, and historic home furnishings.
The Historical Society Research Library is located in the Newell-Bryant House. References include countywide: towns, churches, schools, cemeteries, civil war, coal mining, railroads, and many other topics. Library had copy machine and scanning services available. You may send correspondence requests through the CONTACT BCHS tab.
Interested in being a docent or a museum researcher? Call us at 815.875.2184 to volunteer.