Street Address
622 Park Ave.
Genoa, IL 60135
Mailing Address
622 Park Ave.
Genoa, IL 60135
Hours
Every Wednesday
Wednesday1 PM - 5 PM
and by appointment
2nd Sunday of a Month
Sunday2 PM - 4 PM
and by appointment
Admissions
Free. Donations Accepted.
Services
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Group Tours
Staff
Cynthia Weiss, Board President
phone: 815-784-5728
Christie Slavenas, Secretary
phone: 815-784-2556
Lana Haines, Board Vice President
phone: 815-751-3165

Description

Historical Museum

Our museum offers guests the opportunity to explore artifacts, old photographs, and a circa 1950's caboose to view life as it was in the early days of the Kishwaukee Valley.

Mission

The purpose of the Kishwaukee Valley Heritage Society shall be charitable and educational in order to bring together those people interested in history, especially in the history of our communities-Genoa, Kingston, and Mayfield Townships. Understanding the history of our communities is basic to our democratic way of life, gives us a better understanding of our communities, and helps us better appreciate our American heritage.

History

Established in 1977 by Robert Hoover and many local folks. Milwaukee Rail Road Depot was moved to the 2 acre site on Route 72 followed by a Illinois Central caboose. The oldest Genoa well building is on the museum campus.

Artifacts Collections

Farming tools, kitchen, bedroom,parlor,dry goods store's equipment, children toys from 1890s and newer. Oldest hearse in DeKalb county, 1923 Overland convertible automobile, blacksmith tools, large collection of pictures from 1890s to 1960s of Genoa and Kingston. Many railroad tools, schedules,and equipment. Collection of Leich Electric telephones, spark plugs, and telephone related equipment.

Research Collections

Local genealogy of Kingston, Genoa, Kirkland, and rural communities, Leich Electric, 1912 Insurance map, High school year books for Genoa, Kingston, and Kirkland. Genealogy and obituaries of many local families of Genoa, Kingston, and surrounding rural areas.

Educational Programs

Tours are given upon request.

Annual presentations for 6th grade classes for Genoa-Kingston students.

    Facilities

    Depot from 1854, Water Works Building from early 1900s, and Caboose from mid 1950s.

    Governance

    All volunteer organization with board of directors.

    Library

    Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

    Appointment required: No

    Publications

    Quarterly newsletter

      ADA

      Wheelchair Accessible

      Parking

      Restrooms

      Services

      Gift Shop

      Online Gift Shop

      Group Tours