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Welcome to the Hamilton County Historical Society web site!

What's New!

11 May 2018: Pre-Publication Notice for Sanders Funeral Home, Vol. 2. Sanders Funeral Home Records, Volume 2, is now at the printer's. We are offering a discounted pre-publication sale to try to offset the cost. If you would like to order one, print out the flier here, fill it out and send it, along with your check, to the address listed at the bottom of the flyer.

16 Nov 2017: A special meeting on "A Drone's View of Hamilton County" was held on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the Big Red Barn. Click here for details.

15 Oct 2017: New publications are available! A 2018 Early Schools of Hamilton County calendar and a book on the 1925 tri-state tornado. Click here for a calendar flier or here for the 1925 book or select the Publications tab above to view/order.

19 Sep 2017: A special meeting on Indian artifacts found in Hamilton County was held on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at the Big Red Barn. Click here for details.

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.
2018 Meeting Schedule
 
March 27
April 24
May 22 (next meeting)
June 26
July 24
August 28
September 25
October 23
 
Regular 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
 
Program:

The Mayors of McLeansboro

 

Presenter:

Leland Widick

When: Tuesday, 22 May 2018 at 7 p.m.
Where: Farris Family Restaurant (formerly Pat's Cafe)
  608 E. Randolph St.  (view MapQuest)
 

McLeansboro, Illinois