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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 Leann Johnson
Vice-President Kathy Ma
Secretary Suzie Adcock
Treasurer Zach Oyler
Immediate Past President Jim Carballido

Trustees & Commitee Chair Responsibilities

Mary Hamm    
Clayton Hill    
Nicholas J. Hornickle Historic Homes  
John Haverhals    
Beth Johnson    
Marcia Johnson    
Lisa Arcot    
Kevin Kizer    
John Parks, Jr.    
John Rosa    
Stacy Peterson    
Jake Schick    
Sarah Gruber    
Bob Middleton    
Bradley University Special Collections Charles Frey  
DAR Regent Karen Frels
John C. Flanagan House Manager Linda Herron  
PRM Representative / HPC Deborah Dougherty  
Presidential Appointment  Lee Fosburgh  
Pettengill-Morron House Manager Mary Hamm  
Timeline Editor

Jenna Krukowski

Executive Director  Colleen O. Johnson

Curator of Collection and Technology 


Office Manager

Judy Earleson

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Upcoming Events

Pettengill-Morron House Museum Tour

3/4/2018 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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