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Welcome to the new Hamilton County Historical Society web site!

What's New!

11 Aug 2014: This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the Hamilton County Historical Society. We are going to have an Open House at the library on December 7, 2014 from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m. The Cloud and McCoy families are going to be present to tell about their life when they lived there. The whole house will be decorated extra special for Christmas, so it should be spectacular. So mark your calendars and reserve that afternoon! 7 December 2014.

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.

April 2011: Hamilton County Historical Society is seeking information on a Hamilton County community named Blue Heaven, located 1 ½ - 2 miles west of McLeansboro. The area was previously known as Hayes Garage which later became a tavern. Anyone with information please call Marion Russell at 618-231-7110

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.
2014 Meeting Schedule
March 25 August 26
April 22 September 23
May 27 October 28
The meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. The place to be announced before the meeting and will be shown below for the next meeting.
Next Historical Society Meeting

The next Hamilton County Historical Society meeting is going to be our annual meeting, so it will start at 6:00 with a potluck meal at Farris Family Restaurant. The meeting will begin at 7:00. Our program will be "Show and Tell." Everyone is encouraged to bring something of historical interest to show the group and tell about it. It's always a fun and enjoyable evening. Hope to see you there.



When: Tuesday, 28 October 2014 at 7 p.m.
Where: Farris Family Restaurant (formerly Pat's Cafe)
  608 E. Randolph St.  (view MapQuest)

McLeansboro, Illinois