Welcome to the new Hamilton County Historical Society web site!
Sep 2012: The Fall Festival Parade was held Saturday,
September 15, 2012. To open a new page to view photos of the event click
May 2012: The Cemetery Walk was held Saturday, May
12, 2012 from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. To open a new page to view photos of the
event click here.
The 1955 Times-Leader book is now available. Click on the Publications tab above for ordering information.
Feb 2012: The schedule of meetings for 2012 has been determined. See below for more information.
Sep 2011: The 1880 Federal Census of Hamilton County, IL book is now available. Click on the Publications tab above for ordering information.
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.
||2013 Meeting Schedule|
|March 26||August 27|
|April 23||September 24|
|May 28||October 22|
|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 value of oral histories
We are privileged to have as our speaker, Judy Simpson, Senior Library Specialist with Morris Library's Special Collections Research
Center, SIU Carbondale. She will be presenting the unique value of oral histories, and giving pointers on how to do them, along
with showing an example of her own work. She received her training in oral history through the Society of American Archivist and has
conducted oral histories throughout southern Illinois and the Midwest. We are looking forward to have her with us.
|When:||Tuesday, May 28, 2013 at 7 p.m.|
|Where:||Farris Family Restaurant (formerly Pat's Cafe)|
|608 E. Randolph St. (view MapQuest)|