Both of our museums are closed until March 2018.  Plan on joining us then.

 Rock Island Depot Museum

Many new items have been added to our Depot Museum.   Volunteer Steve Bart has been working on our HO layout located in our baggage room.  What a difference Steve has made to this Santa Fe and Rock Island layout.  Steve has also updated many of our pictures, as well as several of our ‘behind the glass’ displays.  Recently we had a Santa Fe Conductors uniform donated to us by two granddaughters.  Their grandfather, a Chillicothe resident,  worked for the Santa Fe for over 40 years.    Mr. Bill Molony, President of the ‘Blackhawk Chapter’ of the National Railway Historical Society located in Lockport, Illinois,  brought us a major donation of Santa Fe and Rock Island items – many related directly to Chillicothe.  Thanks to folks like this, we are able to share these items of memorabilia and artifacts, with the public.  On behalf of the Chillicothe Historical Society, a sincere THANK YOU.

Chillicothe Excursion Train – Sept 10th.



NOTE: If you purchase your ticket in Chillicothe, you MUST board in Chiilcothe.  CHS will NOT have tickets available – you must purchase tickets in advance from the locations listed.  


New Book available at the Rock Island Depot Museum

Author Steve Bart will have his new book  “WORKING ON THE RAILROAD” – ‘The Earl Witte Story’  available at the Rock Island Depot Museum.    Be sure to stop by and purchase your  copy – a story about one of Chillicothe’s more famous Santa Fe  railroad workers.



Below are the new email addresses for both of our museums. Please make a note of them:
NOTE:  Both museum’s will be open for the 2016 season starting March 2nd.   Our hours are 1- 4 on both the 1st Sunday of the month as well as every Wednesday.   We will be available for scheduled tours outside of these normal hours.  Call society officers: Gill Colwell (309) 274-3236, Dianne Colwell (309) 251-3260 to make arrangements. 

Mark your calendars for our Monthly meetings.  Society meets on the 1st Thursday of the month.

 You do not have to be a historical society member to attend our first Thursday of the months meetings and the history programs that are often presented.  Meetings start at 7 pm.


2016 Zorro Super Hero T shirts will be available for $15.00  Be sure to get yours to help support the Chillicothe Historical Society.


Zorrofest ‘T’ shirts are now available for purchase at our main museum location.  Cost is $15.00   Proceeds used to support Chillicothe Historical Society.  zorro tshirt


Zorro exhibit

Johnston McCulley, Chillicothe’s Master Story Teller, Creator of the Character Zorro, has created over his lifetime, many items to be exhibited for the public to view.  Exhibit is now open to the public.on regular hours of 1-4pm on the first Sunday of the month and on 1-4pm on Wednesdays. Special tours maybe arranged by appointment.

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Chilli Sign with Zorro

Chilli Sign with ZORRO