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About the Peoria Historical Society

About UsThe roots of the Peoria Historical Society can be traced as far back as 1839. Incorporated in 1934 as the Peoria Historical Society, the purpose of the Society is to enhance the quality of life in the Peoria area by: collecting, preserving and displaying items relating to our history; encouraging and supporting historical research and education; and promoting and sustaining public interest in the history and contributions of our people and organizations.

The focus of our work has changed and evolved through the years, but our commitment to preservation remains strong. We offer programs for both local residents and out-of-town visitors. We seek to entertain the eye and stimulate the mind. We support historical scholarship and collaborate with other preservation organizations.

We look to the future . . . with a vision to be the community resource and advocate for historical preservation and research on the Peoria area, its organizations and its people. As a collaborative partner of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, we are pleased to have the opportunity to display some of the Society's artifacts and present the history of the Peoria area in the museum.


To preserve, share and celebrate the stories of the Peoria area.


Board of Directors

President Mark Johnson
Vice-President Deborah Dougherty
Secretary Jennifer C. Martin
Treasurer Jim Carballido
Past President Russ Crawford

Trustees & Commitee Chair Responsibilities

Susan Adcock    
Dr. Dean Antonio Cantù   Social Media  
John Haverhals  Historic Homes  
Nick Hayward    
Mary Dubois    
Brent Goken    
Beth Jensen  Legal  
Kevin Kizer    
Jon C. Neidy    
John Parks, Jr.    
Stacy Peterson  Membership   
Gerd Prewett    
Steven Streight    
Jeff Thomas    
Councilman W. Eric Turner    
Bradley University Special Collections Charles Frey  
DAR Regent Susan Bock   
John C. Flanagan House Manager Linda Herron  
PRM Representative / HPC Sid P. Ruckriegel  
Presidential Appointment Richard Schwebel  
Pettengill-Morron House Manager Kathy Dallinger  
Timeline Editor

Jennifer C. Martin

Facebook / Scanning & Photography

Chris Coulter

Executive Director Walter C. Ruppman

Curator of Collection and Technology 

Robert Killion

Office Manager

Judy Earleson

Trolley Tours

Historical Trolley Tours -- Explore Peoria's Past with one of our fascinating, historical tours.The 2015 summer schedule will be Thursday & Friday mornings departing from Harp & Thistle in Peoria Heights at 11 am. and Saturdays from Kelleher's on Water St in Peoria at 11 am and 1:30 pm. Tours will be offered from June through the end of October.

Upcoming Events

51st Annual Rennick Juried Art Show

5/2/2015 to 5/28/2015

Trolley Tour - River City

6/4/2015 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

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