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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 Deborah Dougherty
Vice-President Jim Carballido
Secretary Susan Adcock
Treasurer Jeff Thomas
Past President Mark Johnson

Trustees & Commitee Chair Responsibilities

Beth Jensen    
Dr. Dean Antonio Cantù   Social Media  
John Haverhals  Historic Homes  
Nick Hayward    
Mary Dubois    
Brent Goken    
Kevin Kizer    
Jon C. Neidy    
John Parks, Jr.    
Stacy Peterson    
Nicholas J. Hornickle    
Marcia Johnson    
Councilman W. Eric Turner    
Ryan Spain    
Kathy Ma    
Leann Johnson    
Bradley University Special Collections Charles Frey  
DAR Regent Laurel Berg  
John C. Flanagan House Manager Linda Herron  
PRM Representative / HPC Sid P. Ruckriegel  
Presidential Appointment John Rosa  
Pettengill-Morron House Manager    
Timeline Editor

John Rosa

Executive Director Walter C. Ruppman

Curator of Collection and Technology 

Robert Killion

Office Manager

Judy Earleson

Phillip Smith Civil War Diary, Day by Day Account

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Splendor of Christmas Past 2015

12/5/2015 to 12/6/2015

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