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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


John Haverhals Steven Streight
Nick Hayward Jeff Thomas
Marianne Moll Mary Dubois
Greg Rastatter Dr. Dean Antonio Cantù 
Laura Havran Jon C. Neidy
Kevin Kizer Councilman W. Eric Turner
Stacy Peterson Brent Goken
Gerd Prewett  
Bradley University Special Collections Charles Frey
DAR Regent Susan Bock 
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
Executive Director Walter C. Ruppman

Curator of Collection and Technology 

Robert Killion

Office Manager

Virginia Day

Naughty to Nice Tour

Follow Peoria's history from the naughty (the 1920's, the gambling and gangsters) to the nice (Peoria's four All-American City Awards) with the Naughty to Nice Tour.

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