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Trolley Tours

Trolley Tours

Historical Trolley Tours -- Explore Peoria's Past with one of our fascinating, historical tours.The 2015 summer schedule will be Thursday & Friday mornings departing from Harp & Thistle in Peoria Heights at 11 am. and Saturdays from Kelleher's on Water St in Peoria at 11 am and 1:30 pm.
Tours will be offered from June through the end of October.


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

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.

Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Tour

Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Tour

Follow President Lincoln in Peoria, learn about Camp Peoria and Camp Lyon, and hear stories of our Civil War veterans with the Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Tour.

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.

Upcoming Events

River City Tour

10/8/2015 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

Grandview Drive and Springdale Cemetery Tour

10/9/2015 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM

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