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50th Annual Rennick Juried Art Show Winners

View some of the winners of the art show online or visit the show through the end of May at the Peoria Public Library Main Branch downtown in the LL1 Gallery. Purpose of the show is to highlight and award Central Illinois artists whose works depict and preserve area history.

The Fine Art of Hospitality

The Fine Art of Hospitality

The Fine Art of Hospitality: First Sunday Open House at Pettengill-Morron House from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

John C. Flanagan House Museum Summer Events

Summer fun overlooking the Illinois River Valley: lawn parties, fireworks, ice cream social....

Wheels O' Time Museum

Wheels O' Time Museum

On May 1, 2014, Wheels O' Time Museum opens for the 31st season. The Peoria Historical Society has 24 collection items on display at the north Knoxville museum. Check out the WOT Museum website and and plan a visit today.

Pettengill-Morron House Summer Events

Summer Event List for Pettengill-Morron House

Trolley Tours

Trolley Tours

Historical Trolley Tours -- Explore Peoria's Past with one of our fascinating, historical tours. 2014 summer schedule is now updated!

Quarterly Lecture Series

Quarterly Lecture Series

The Society holds a Quarterly Lecture Series. Members, non-members and guests are welcome. Click title to learn more for speakers and topics.

Book Club

Members Book Club is facilitated by The Society's President Mark Johnson and Vice President Deb Daugherty

Annual Meeting

The 2014 Annual Board of Trustees Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Quarterly Lecture Series. Wednesday, May 7 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. All members and guests are welcome!

2014 Distillery Trolley Tour

Coming in July 2014: A new Trolley Tour - Roll Out the Barrel - Distillery Tour


The Society's programs and projects are made possible by the following:

Phillip Smith Civil War Diary, Day by Day Account

Phillip Smith Civil War Diary, Day by Day Account

“Phil” Smith Pens Diary in Which Is Written Day By Day Happenings at Long War of the Rebellion

Peoria Historical Society Awarded ISHRAB Grant

Thanks to a $2,500 grant from the Illinois State Historical Records Advisory Board (ISHRAB), the Peoria Historical Society will be able to develop a database and index that will give the public access to the earliest historical records of Peoria and the Central Illinois River Valley.

Community Foundation Grant

Community Foundation Grant

Community Foundation Grant Presented to Board of Trustees at November board meeting at Pettengill-Morron House

Celebrating 100 Years

Celebrating 100 Years

Organizations celebrating 100-year anniversaries in 2013 and recognized by the Peoria Historical Society at their Annual Meeting in May

Student Internships Available

Students interested in an internship with PHS, learning cataloging skills, doing research on arti-facts and collection items or developing marketing or exhibit materials should contact Bob Killion at 674-1921 or

49th Rennick Juried Art Show Winners

List of Winners: 49th Rennick Juried Art Show: The Society's annual juried art show is now available for viewing on the Exhibit Page at the top.

Society Awarded CAP Funds

Peoria Historical Society Awarded CAP Funds

YouTube Video Overview of
Peoria Historical Society

Video featuring staff, trustees, volunteers, and the community enjoying the rich legacy of the Peoria Area and the Illinois River Valley.

eBay - Giving Works

eBay - Giving Works

Do you shop or sell on eBay? You can make a difference by shopping, selling and donating to the Peoria Historical Society at the same time! It's easy, convenient and tax deductible.

Historypin Channel

Historypin Channel

Take a look at the Peoria Historical Society's collection of postcards and pictures of historical buildings in the Peoria area. You can view and share photos using an interactive map. Click on Learn More below and then on the HistoryPin Channel link.

Dulcimer Player

Dulcimer Player

Volunteer, Lynn Furness, plays the Dulcimer at John C. Flanagan House Museum

YouTube Channel of Peoria Historical Society

Check out our YouTube videos -- music and educational presentations, with more being added continually.

de Tonti Award Celebration

The 2014 Annual Dinner and Fundraiser will be held on September 27, 2014 at 6:00 P.M. in the Civic Center Ballroom. Make your reservations by calling 309-674-1921.

2013 All-American City Award

Peoria wins the All-American City Award for the 4th time

Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour

Explore Peoria's premier scenic drive - dubbed the World's Most Beautiful Drive by President Theodore Roosevelt and the oldest chartered cemetary in the state of Illinois while you take a ride on the Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour.

Upcoming Events

River City Tour

10/23/2014 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour

10/24/2014 10:30 AM to 12:00 PM

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