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Welcome to the new Hamilton County Historical Society web site!

What's New!

15 Jul 2017:The McCoy Memorial Library now has its' own website! Click here or the link on the left to visit it.

13 Jun 2017: Here is a flier about our next Historical Presentation to be given at the Red Barn on June 28. Please mark your calendar for this event. Micki has been researching a lot about the 1925 tornado and its effect on Hamilton County and surrounding areas, and will be presenting interesting and little-known facts about this horrific event, the longest tornado ever recorded. Please try to come.

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 here.

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
March 28
April 25
May 23
August 22 (next meeting)
September 26
October 24
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

Michael J. McNerney has written a book called "A Shape In Time and Space." It is about a uniquely shaped pioneer gravemarker that looks like a little person with a round head and rectangular body. Several of these have shown up in Hamilton County cemeteries.

He will be exploring the origin of the marker in America and Europe, and tracking the migration of some of the families whose names are inscribed on the markers.


Michael J. McNerney from Carbondale, IL

When: Tuesday, 22 Aug 2017 at 7 p.m.
Where: Farris Family Restaurant (formerly Pat's Cafe)
  608 E. Randolph St.  (view MapQuest)

McLeansboro, Illinois