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Welcome to the new Hamilton County Historical Society web site!

What's New!

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 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
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

The program will be the history of the Izaak Walton Cabin located on the McLeansboro Lake, and the progress for restoring it.


Rodney Campbell

When: Tuesday, 28 Mar 2017 at 7 p.m.
Where: Farris Family Restaurant (formerly Pat's Cafe)
  608 E. Randolph St.  (view MapQuest)

McLeansboro, Illinois