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Bureau County Historical Society Museum and Library

109 Park Avenue West

A fifteen member Board of Directors and the museum director govern the activities of the Bureau County Historical Society, a not-for-profit organization which depends entirely on memberships and donations. Annual or life memberships in the society can be purchased. The Society is an outgrowth of the Old Settlers Meeting of January 12, 1865, held in Converse Hall, Princeton. The Early Settlers Society of Bureau County was proposed as a permanent organization in September 1867. The members were encouraged to save items for use in a future museum.

A resolution was adopted at the 46th Annual Meeting in 1911 to organize a Bureau County Historical Society. The Early Settlers Association disbanded in 1920 and united with the Bureau County Historical Society. The society was then given space in the new Courthouse for a museum where exhibits were on display from 1938 to 1948. Articles of historical value continue to be gratefully received.


Blue Antelope

Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Fascinating collections in historic homes. Engaging & adaptable tour guide.

Jordan Smith

Wednesday, Sep. 13, 2017
David the curator was friendly with many interesting tales. I believe I looked through files and talked a good two hours before even going on the tour... The collection was amazing. Extremely well presented.

Jeff Monroe

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016
I am amazed how many small towns have such dedicated historical societies that survive and keep alive memories of the past. This is one such place. I now live in a fast growing suburb of 60,000 that has not made the effort to do so. So all you locals, please support them. All you visitors, come and enjoy Americana.

Bureau County Historical Society Museum and Library is not affiliated with AmericanTowns Media