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Welcome to the new Hamilton County Historical Society web site!

What's New!

McLeansboro Tour - 3 Oct 2015!

3 Oct 2015: Everyone is invited to join us at a once in a lifetime experience at three locations around our city. The rich history of each site will be explored and presented to you!

First location: 1:00 PM ONLY. The Chalon Cloud House (Sloan House) at the corner of Washington and Cherry Streets.

Second location: 2:00 PM ONLY. The old City Cemetery on North Jackson Street (behind the former Reynolds Pharmacy Building, now Edward Jones).

Third location: 3:00 PM ONLY: Old County jail in the parking lot of Farris Family Restaurant.

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.

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.
2015 Meeting Schedule
March 24 August 25
April 28 September 22
May 26 October 27
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

Potluck dinner at 6:00 p.m.! The meat and drinks will be provided. The program will be "Show and Tell". Everyone is encouraged, though not required, to bring an item of historical interest to show the group and tell about it. This is always an enjoyable and entertaining program. Hope you will be able to attend.



When: Tuesday, 27 October 2015 at 7 p.m. (Potluck dinner starts at 6 p.m.
Where: Farris Family Restaurant (formerly Pat's Cafe)
  608 E. Randolph St.  (view MapQuest)

McLeansboro, Illinois