A Look at Civil War Camps: Illinois Prison Camps

Saturday, July 18th at 1:30pm

The Macon County History Museum will feature guest speaker Don Chamberlain. Mr. Chamberlain's lecture is titled “A Look at Civil War Camps: Illinois Prison Camps.” With a small section of a prison wall in Alton, IL being the only remnants of any prison structures in the state, Mr. Chamberlain will discuss stories and artifacts from the prisons which will help us to understand prison camp life from the Civil War.

Cost: $2.00

Join us for our Grand Reopening! Saturday 6/20 @ 2pm

The Macon County History Museum will be hosting our Grand Reopening this coming Saturday from noon until four, after nearly three months of renovations to the museum. Live entertainment begins at 2, when Tom Taylor will play his homemade cigar box guitars and speak about how he designs and makes them. Cookies and refreshments will be provided. Hope to see you there!


We have extended our renovation project at the museum to include painting more areas and tearing up old carpet to refinish hardwood flooring. We now have more usable wall space because of the new Homasote panels that have been installed, and will be able to display more photos/items from our archive room. This process will take time, and in order to accommodate the further renovations we will remain closed through the month of March. If you have any questions feel free to contact the museum at 217-422-4919, or by email at info@mchsdecatur.org. I am not in my office often during this process, but leave a message and I will return your call. Thank you for your patience, we look forward to seeing you when the museum reopens.

Native Americans of Central Illinois - Presentation by Joel Hendricks

On Saturday, October 4, the Macon County History Museum will host guest speaker Mr. Joel E. Hendricks of Clinton, IL. Mr. Hendricks is a student of Native American history and art. He will be presenting on Native Americans in Central Illinois from the 1830s up to the Civil War. Topics discussed will include agriculture, their removal, and how some became involved in the Civil War.  Mr. Hendricks will appear in prairie clothing, Fox Indian style.  The program will be interactive and hold a section  that welcomes questions and discussion. Hendricks is not of Native American decent but has thoroughly studied the culture, values, and styles commonly found in Native American traditions.

Illinois Road Show was a success!

Hey there MCHM Fans!

The turn out of the MCHM Decatur stop for the Illinois Road Show turned out great. We are so pleased that we were chosen to be the feature for central Illinois as well as have the opportunity to really support history and Illinois tourism.  We would like to thank everyone who came out to show their support!

Below is a gallery of images from the event, please feel free to browse.  Thank You!