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Membership Swap Weekend
April 11 & 12, 2015

The Peoria Historical Society in partnership with the Peoria Zoo, Peoria Riverfront Museum and Wildlife Prairie Park will be open for a membership swap weekend on April 11 and 12. PHS members showing their current membership cards will qualify for complimentary admission to any of the participating organizations. Take part in a scavenger hunt for a chance to win a gift basket with items from all four groups!

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.


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

Annual Meeting

The 2015 Annual Board of Trustees Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Quarterly Lecture Series. Thursday, May 7 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. All members and guests are welcome!

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

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

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.

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.

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.

2013 All-American City Award

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

Pettengill-Morron House Museum Tour

The Pettengill-Morron House Museum was built by Moses Pettengill in 1868 in the Second Empire architectural style, the house has 11 rooms.

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