The Macon County Historical Museum and Prairie Village

The Macon County Historical Museum and Prairie Village


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Events and Exhibits at the
Macon County History Museum
and Prairie Village


Events & Exhibits 

Political Conventions, Campaigns and Elections:
Facts & Myths about Our Elected Leaders

This exhibit explores America’s historical legacy behind its political party system at both the national, state and local levels through the use of photos, historical background information, campaign memorabilia, newspapers, and interested facts.

Visit the Presidents1. Did you know that there have been more than 42 U.S. Presidents?

2. Did you know that a U.S. Vice President was branded a traitor?

3. Did you know that there have been over 30 women who have run for U.S. President since 1872?

4. Did you know that President George Washington wasn’t always loved by his fellow countrymen?

These and other facts covered in the new exhibit are tailored to educate both adults and students in better understanding their country’s political system that began after the fight for political independence from Great Britain.


"Civil War Prisons"

Civil War Prisons

presentation by Don Chamberlain

Saturday, June 8th at 1:30 PM

$2.00 Museum Admission

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"Treasure From The Attic" Antiques and Arts Appraisal Event

Treasures From The Attic

with Edwin Walker, ISA Accredited Fine Arts & Antiques Appraiser Millikin University Art Professor

$20.00 Appraisal Fee on two items
No Appointment Needed
Call 422-4919 if you have any questions

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"Faces Of Central Illinois"

Faces of Central Illinois

by Lisa Morrison
(April through August)

The new photo exhibit contains over 125 photos of Central Illinois residents taking part in a variety of events that have taking place throughout the Central Illinois area

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"Dressing the Part from the Civil War until the Korean War"

Dressing the part from the covil war until the korean war

This new period clothing exhibit explores the roles both men and women played in wars including the Civil War, Spanish-American War, WWI, WWII and the Korean War.

The exhibit includes authentic military uniforms and women's period clothing

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The Lincoln Connection

The Lincoln ConnectionThis exhibit not only details the connection between Abraham Lincoln and the Decatur and Macon County area, but also features one of the largest collections of artifacts in Illinois dealing with the Grand Army of the Republic organization that was founded in Decatur, Illinois, in 1866.

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The Abraham Lincoln Theater
The Lincoln Theater

This theater features a film of the story of Abraham Lincoln while he was in Macon County and other Lincoln era and local history related films.


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Featured Exhibits

A Gentleman Always Tips His Hat
A look back at men's hats and fashion.

Quilting...As American as Apple Pie
QuiltingFeast your eyes on beautiful colors, intricate patterns and hours upon hours of needle work. This exhibit highlights the wonderful art of quilting.

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Here's a Few of Our Permanent Exhibits...

The Old Barn
Visit the MuseumExhibits farm tools and equipment from the 1800's.

The Business of Railways in Decatur and Macon County
Remember the Wabash Railroad?

The Cigar Making Business
Cigar rolling at it's finest in the 1800's to early 1900's. See a real wooden cigar store Indian!

Prairie Life Log Cabin
See if your kitchen today looks like this kitchen from the 1800's.

Decatur Macon County Industry
Learn about the industries that call Macon County home.

Victorian Home
Walk through the door and be transported to the late 1800's in this Victorian Home.


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For more information  Contact Us  at Macon County Museum and Prairie Village (North of Decatur Airport)
5580 North Fork Road, Decatur, Illinois 62521  217/422-4919   Hours of Operation & Map