DSCF0396It is the stated mission of the Chillicothe Historical Society to collect, preserve, and display any and all articles relating to the history of Chillicothe and the immediate area; and to promote continuing interest in the history of Chillicothe by encouraging young people to become involved in its projects.

The Society operates two sites:

Chillicothe Area History Museum & Rock Island Railroad Museum in Chillicothe, IL

Don’t know much about history? Come see what Chillicothe Historical Society and its museums have to offer! Whether your roots are local or you simply enjoy the lifelong learning experience of discovering our common heritage, we think you’ll be pleasantly surprised when you step inside!

Special Project!

Fundraising drive to renovate the exterior of the main museum. Preserving the lovely Colonial Revival style building, one of the few stately older structures remaining on 4th St., is important to our city’s heritage. A local contractor has generously offered to oversee the project with attention to historic detail, and is donating all carpentry labor by his employees. The materials will cost $18,000, which includes energy-efficient windows and insulation. For how you can help – please go to our Membership/Support page. Thanks!