Kankakee Area Historical Societies


Beecher Community Historical Society
Washington Township Museum
673 Penfield St.
PO Box 1469
Beecher, IL 60401
Sat. 10-12; by appt.
Hereford cattle, local history, Welton Ehrhardt (Brooklyn Dodgers
Virginia Churchill Bath, Currator

Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society
Stratford Dr. & Illinois Rt. 102
P.O. Box 311
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
Carl Moran, President (815/939-1611)
The society was instrumental in saving, relocating, and
restoring the George R. Letourneau Home Museum. The house is
open to the public on the first and third Sundays of the month.

Herscher Historical Society

Contact Jim Ridings 

P.O. Box 464

Herscher, IL 60941


Iroquois County Historical Society Old Courthouse Museum
103 W. Cherry St.
Watseka, IL 60970
Mo-Fr 10:30-4:30; Apr-Dec: also Sa-Su 1-4
County history, genealogy
Marie Hanford, CUR

Kankakee County Historical Society
th & Water St.
Kankakee, IL 60901
Weekdays 10-3; Sa-Su 1-4; by appt
Located in Governor Small Memorial Park. Six exhibit areas:
Taylor School, Small home, Indian artifacts, main gallery, newspaper & print shop, and Centennial Room. Especially housewares, period
costumes, period furniture, and early firearms. Also local newspapers
from 1867, photograph collection and Civil War Documents.

Le Petit Canada Project
Project to gather and share information about the French-
Canadian group that settled northwest of Bourbonnais, in the western
part of the township and in the southern part of Rockville. The
settlement was located 2 miles NorthWest of Bourbonnais Grove,
Kankakee County Illinois between 1832 and 1865.

Manteno Historical Society Museum
192 West 3
rd St.
Manteno, IL 60950
The Charles P. Skinner house was purchased by the society in
1988. A showcase attached to the house displays an antique buggy.
A memorial park with a sundial and a one-room school house are
included in the museum grounds.

Momence Historical Museum
Momemce, IL 60954
The Momence Historical House recreates the period of history
from 1870 to 1900. Most of the furnishings and accessories have
been donated or loaned by Momence residents.

Perry Farm Park
459 N. Kennedy Drive
Bourbonnais, IL 60914
815/933-9905 or 815/933-5468
The 178-acre recreation area offers four miles of paved paths,
oak meadows, a fruit tree orchard, picnic areas, and a gazebo. An
Illinois nature preserve area highlights Indian Caves along the
Bourbonnais Creek and ravine.

Wilmington Area Historical Society
104 N. Water St.
P.O. Box 1
Wilmingtion, IL 60481