315 W. Main Street
Monticello, IL 61856
phone: 217-762-4731
Special events; by appt
Museum Type(s)
Gift Shop
T. J. Shambaugh, IV, President
Robin Shively, Vice President
Jeff Colbert, Treasurer
Jay Bullock, Secretary
Peg Bargon, Director of Development


Our Goal:

Our goal is to have a new facility which is environmentally controlled in a highly visible area where the artifacts from the original three buildings will be brought together, properly stored, and carefully prepared for presentation. The new museum will serve as an educational center for school children and adults as well. The new museum will encourage tourism in Piatt County and establish a place where appreciation of the county’s heritage can be observed and experienced by not only those in Central Illinois but by the many visitors who are drawn to this historical area each year.


The mission of the Piatt County Museum is to preserve Piatt County Heritage by deepening our knowledge of the past and achieving public appreciation of the value history brings to our lives.


The museum was started as “The Piatt County Pioneers” on March 11, 1965. The name was changed in December of 1965 to “The Illinois Pioneer Heritage Center.” Through the years, many dedicated people worked to preserve the heritage and artifacts unique to Piatt County. The name was changed to “The Piatt County Museum” in January of 1996.


Gift Shop