Essley-Noble Museum & Mercer County Historical Society

Essley-Noble Museum & Mercer County Historical Society The Essley-Noble Museum was open to the public in 1959 and is named for the parents of E. L. Essley. A reader/printer is on site.
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At the museum is a one-room schoolhouse moved to the site in 1965 and a separate building housing farm machinery, wagons, and tools. Within the original museum are thousands of artifacts and displays designed to help present generations understand and appreciate their own history. In addition to operating the museum, the Mercer County Historical Society demonstrates old crafts for school tours in

May, participates in Rhubarb Fest in June, has a booth at the county fair in July, demonstrates tools for Antique Days and maintains a window display in downtown Aledo. Genealogical Resources at Essley-Noble Museum: The Genealogy Division, organized in 1979, has accumulated a large collection of Mercer County material for research purposes. Volunteers will assist in answering queries by email, letter, or a visit to the museum. Opening the museum for research at times when it is normally closed is at the discretion of the curator, and the curator may refuse such a request. The length of time that research will be allowed is also at the discretion of the curator. There will be a charge of $15 for up to one hour of research, then $15 per hour after the first hour, payable to the Mercer County Historical Society on the date of the requested opening. There are fees for copies ($.25 per page) Fees for copies are payable to the historical society. Anytime a volunteer has to leave the museum for research, such as to go to the courthouse, there is a fee of $15.00 per hour. Also there will be charges that have to be paid for copies at the courthouse. Mercer County Board of Directors -
Museum Curator: Debbie Spengler
Saturday host: Dennis Henderson
President: Ron Dillavou
Vice President: Beverly Gray
Treasurer: Rex Johnson
Secretary: Donna Gresch
Board Members: Bill Bertrand, Hugh Brown, Jon Swanson, Lois Retherford, Susan DeBlock, Dave Frieden, Paul Hampton, Jim Holmes,, Judy Redlinger, Scott Petrie, and Taylor Finch-McVay.


*Please Note:
Summer Hours are April 1st through October 31st, Thurs., Fri., Sat., 1pm - 5pm
Winter Hours are November 1st through March 31st, Friday and Saturday, 12pm - 4pm

May 1936
08/09/2023

May 1936

April 1936
08/07/2023

April 1936

1937 - Joy, IL
08/03/2023

1937 - Joy, IL

Dec 1940
07/29/2023

Dec 1940

July 1910
07/26/2023

July 1910

Aledo churches
07/21/2023

Aledo churches

July 1920
07/20/2023

July 1920

March 1920
07/17/2023

March 1920

Sep 1920
07/14/2023

Sep 1920

Found in a Marshalltown, Iowa paper - 1912
07/11/2023

Found in a Marshalltown, Iowa paper - 1912

Sep 1929
07/06/2023

Sep 1929

Feb 1940
07/05/2023

Feb 1940

Aug 1912
07/01/2023

Aug 1912

Dec 1974
06/28/2023

Dec 1974

06/26/2023
July 1936
06/23/2023

July 1936

May 1913
06/18/2023

May 1913

Jan 1925
06/14/2023

Jan 1925

Joy - April 1913
06/11/2023

Joy - April 1913

We have some extra yearbooks for sale. The available books are listed below for $5 each. We are open Thursday, Friday, a...
06/09/2023

We have some extra yearbooks for sale. The available books are listed below for $5 each. We are open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday 1-5 p.m.

Keithsburg - 1970
06/05/2023

Keithsburg - 1970

06/02/2023
December 1940
06/01/2023

December 1940

September 1891
05/28/2023

September 1891

Viola - year unknown
05/25/2023

Viola - year unknown

March 1988
05/22/2023

March 1988

Rhubarb Fest is June 2nd & 3rd, 2023 in Aledo, IL
05/21/2023

Rhubarb Fest is June 2nd & 3rd, 2023 in Aledo, IL

March 1901
05/21/2023

March 1901

September 1925
05/16/2023

September 1925

June 1929
05/13/2023

June 1929

Feb 1901
05/11/2023

Feb 1901

May 1902
05/09/2023

May 1902

September 1902
05/07/2023

September 1902

05/05/2023

The Gilchrist Mine, located south of Matherville, IL.

May 1901
05/03/2023

May 1901

Aledo - year unknown
05/01/2023

Aledo - year unknown

March 1903
04/28/2023

March 1903

Personal Ad - December 1902
04/27/2023

Personal Ad - December 1902

Jan 1901 - Gilchrist
04/25/2023

Jan 1901 - Gilchrist

Oct 1920 - Aledo
04/24/2023

Oct 1920 - Aledo

Address

1406 SE 2nd Avenue PO Box 269
Aledo, IL
61231

Opening Hours

Thursday 1pm - 5pm
Friday 1pm - 5pm
Saturday 1pm - 5pm

Telephone

(309) 582-2280

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At the museum is a one-room schoolhouse moved to the site in 1965 and a separate building housing farm machinery, wagons, and tools. Within the original museum are thousands of artifacts and displays designed to help present generations understand and appreciate their own history. In addition to operating the museum, the Mercer County Historical Society demonstrates old crafts for school tours in May, participates in Rhubarb Fest in June, has a booth at the county fair in July, demonstrates tools for Antique Days and maintains a window display in downtown Aledo. Genealogical Resources at Essley-Noble Museum: The Genealogy Division, organized in 1979, has accumulated a large collection of Mercer County material for research purposes. Volunteers will assist in answering queries by email, letter, or a visit to the museum. A reader/printer is on site. Opening the museum for research at times when it is normally closed is at the discretion of the curator, and the curator may refuse such a request. The length of time that research will be allowed is also at the discretion of the curator. There will be a charge of $15 for up to one hour of research, then $10 per hour after the first hour, payable to the Mercer County Historical Society on the date of the requested opening. A person can get up to one hour of research done at the museum by volunteers for no fee. That's one free hour per requester, not one free hour each time a requester contacts a volunteer. There are fees for copies ($.25 per page) and $5.00 for each obituary looked up and copied from microfilm. Fees for copies and obits are payable to the historical society. After a person has logged the one free hour, subsequent hours are at the rate of $15.00 per hour, payable to the volunteer. Anytime a volunteer has to leave the museum for research, such as to go to the courthouse, there is a fee of $15.00 per hour, even if it's the first hour. Also there will be charges that have to be paid for copies at the courthouse.

**Museum Memberships** One-year membership: The fee is only $20.00 per year! With that, you receive a quarterly newsletter during every season. You also receive a discount on certain books and genealogy resources.

Lifetime membership: the fee is $300.00 for life and you also receive the same benefits as the 1-year membership. It’s a steal!

Business membership: $100.00 per year along with our quarterly newsletter!