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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 Jim Carballido
Vice-President Leann Johnson
Secretary Suzie Adcock
Treasurer Jeff Thomas
Immediate Past President Deborah Dougherty

Trustees & Commitee Chair Responsibilities

Anthony Gardner
Mary Hamm    
Clayton Hill    
Nicholas J. Hornickle  Historic Homes  
Beth Jensen    
Beth Johnson    
Marcia Johnson    
Kevin Kizer    
Kathy Ma    
Zachary Oyler    
John Parks, Jr.    
Stacy Peterson    
John Rosa    
Jake Schick    
Ryan Spain    
Bradley University Special Collections Charles Frey  
DAR Regent Karen Frels
John C. Flanagan House Manager Linda Herron  
PRM Representative / HPC Deborah Dougherty  
Presidential Appointment    
Pettengill-Morron House Manager Alicia Butler  
Timeline Editor

John Rosa

Executive Director Walter C. Ruppman

Curator of Collection and Technology 

Robert Killion

Office Manager

Judy Earleson

Peoria History Tours

Historical Tours -- Explore Peoria's Past with one of our fascinating, historical tours.The 2016 summer schedule will be Thursday & Friday mornings departing at 11 am. and Saturdays at 11 am and 1:30 pm. departing from the Peoria Riverfront Museum 222 S.W. Washington St. Peoria, IL 61602 Tours will be offered from June through the end of October.

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