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Data Updated On: 12/30/2016 2:20:10 PM. 45890 Items Cataloged

To research the Society’s Collection, type a search word, term, or phrase into the text box above.  For example: type in (without quotes) "Hiram Walker," "Flanagan," "Keystone," or general terms like "photograph" or "obituary," or other keywords that interest you such as: your family or business name.

About The Society's Collections Database

Collection I: The Peoria Historical Society is thrilled to allow the public to access our Collections Database. Be aware that the vast majority of items are still to be entered and that the records that are entered are sometimes incomplete or may be missing data and images. Since this is a labor intensive process and our Curator relies on volunteers to assist him, this is a work in progress. However, it was decided the value to the public was greater than would justify waiting until the collections were completely entered and updated. The good news is that you can not only search our Collections Database, but you can help! If you have information on an item that we do not have, or can fill in gaps or you spot a correction, let us know and we will update the information on that item. This is an exciting time! The more data that is entered, and the more data YOU can help add, the more valuable and useful the collection becomes to everyone. Enter your search word(s) above and happy researching!

Collection II: The PHS Collection also includes 1,000 linear feet of material which is housed at Bradley University's Cullom-Davis Library in their environmentally controlled Special Collections Center since 1980. This collection contains a large number of images, books, manuscripts, maps, and ephemera, all covering a period from the late 19th century to the first half of the twentieth. Some of this material has been shared on CARLI and can be searched online. Click on the underscored link below and continue your research.

Peoria Historical Society Image Collection


Special Collections Center

Cullom-Davis Library
Bradley University
Bradley Avenue at Glennwood
3rd Floor
Open for public and student research
via the Internet or in person 

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54th Annual Judged Rennick Art Show

You are invited to participate and/or attend the Peoria Historical Society 54th Annual judged Rennick Art Show, in partnership with the Peoria Public Library. The show runs May 4 through May 30, 2018 in the downtown library lower level gallery

Upcoming Events

54th Annual Rennick Art Show

5/4/2018 to 5/30/2018

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