Welcome to the new Hamilton County Historical Society web site!
29 Mar 2017: There will be a special meeting on Wednesday, March 29, 7:00 p.m., at the Red Barn, S. Hancock Street, McLeansboro, IL. Penny VanWinkle will be speaking on the overall military history of Hamilton County. He will be telling about little known facts and important persons who may have been forgotten. A time for questions or discussion will follow his presentation. This is open to everyone. Light refreshments will be served. Other meetings of this type have been scheduled for later in the year.
3 Dec 2016: There was an Open House at the Museum, 2nd floor of McCoy Library, on December 3, from 9:00-11:00 a.m.
4 Dec 2015: The HCHS took part in the 2015 Christmas Parade. Here is a picture of our group.
7 Dec 2014: The Open House for the 50th Anniversary
of the Hamilton County Historical Society was held at the library on December
7, 2014 from 2:00-4:00 p.m. The Cloud and McCoy families were present to
tell about their life when they lived there. The whole house was decorated
extra special for Christmas. Click here
for images of the event.
7 Oct 2013: The 2013 Cemetery Walk was held Saturday.
October 5th. Unfortuantely, due to inclement weather, the actual Walk had
to be held inside the old high school gym. Click here
for images and additional information. Click here
for images of the May 2012 Cemetery Walk.
Sep 2012: The Fall Festival Parade was held Saturday,
September 15, 2012. To open a new page to view photos of the event click
What is the Hamilton County Historical Society?
The purpose of the Hamilton County Historical Society is to bring together those persons interested in history, and especially in the history of Hamilton County, Illinois.
The Society's major function is to discover and collect any material which may help to establish or illustrate the history of the area and to arouse interest in the past.
The Society maintains a museum and genealogy library on the second floor of the McCoy library where these items are preserved and made accessible to those who wish to examine them.
McCoy Memorial Library
118 S. Washington St.
|2017 Meeting Schedule|
|The meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless notified otherwise. The place will be the Farris Family Restaurant as shown below.|
Next Historical Society Meeting
The program will be the history of the Izaak Walton Cabin located
on the McLeansboro Lake, and the progress for restoring it.
|When:||Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017 at 7 p.m.|
|Where:||Farris Family Restaurant (formerly Pat's Cafe)|
|608 E. Randolph St. (view MapQuest)|