Boone County Museum of History

Boone County Museum of History The Mission of the Boone County Historical Museum is to stimulate interest in Boone County History through education, research, and preservation of artifacts and archival materials
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Admission to the Museum is on a free will donation basis.

Attention BCMH Members: Don't forget that our annual Spring General Membership Potluck will be held this Tuesday at 6pm!...
02/29/2020

Attention BCMH Members: Don't forget that our annual Spring General Membership Potluck will be held this Tuesday at 6pm! Join us for dinner and a fun activity!

The Belvidere Historic Preservation Commission will be holding their fantastically fun Annual Murder Mystery event! Proc...
02/07/2020

The Belvidere Historic Preservation Commission will be holding their fantastically fun Annual Murder Mystery event! Proceeds go directly back into the community by supporting the Commission's local grant program. Get your tickets at Belvidere City Hall on sale now!

The Boone County Historical Society is thrilled and thankful to announce this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Thank you ...
01/08/2020
113-year-old mansion donated to Boone County history organizations - WREX

The Boone County Historical Society is thrilled and thankful to announce this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Thank you K-B Farms! stay tuned as we slowly but surely begin restoration of Belvidere’s iconic Funderburg House.

K-B Farm's, Inc. has donated the 113-year-old Funderburg House mansion to the Boone County Historical Society and Boone County Museum of History.

Thank you Youth Movement for the beautiful painting on our museum windows! Great job!
12/04/2019

Thank you Youth Movement for the beautiful painting on our museum windows! Great job!

Beautiful night to paint windows for Hometown Christmas! Check out #YouthMovement window work at the Boone County Museum of History #Belvidere #HometownChristmas #LatinoYouth

11/21/2019
Twin Towers Embroidery, Screenprinting, Vinyl Graphics, and Awards

So many wonderful things are happening in our community! Check out this video about the new line of Belvidere apparel, look closely and you will see some of Boone County Museum of History's artifacts!

Do you consider Belvidere, Illinois your HOME? We do too! Boone County CASA is a vital organization within our community and this video shows you how much our HOME means to many of us. Belvidere Area Chamber of Commerce

The Boone County Museum of History is partnering with Kathi Kresol, Ida Public Library, Boone County Arts Council, and t...
10/12/2019

The Boone County Museum of History is partnering with Kathi Kresol, Ida Public Library, Boone County Arts Council, and the Belvidere Cemetery Association, for our annual historic cemetery walk! Join our costumed volunteers at Belvidere Cemetery today anytime between 1:00pm, and 3:00pm to learn about some of Belvidere’s most influential past citizens!

Stop by the museum during Heritage Days weekend, and see if you can figure out the EASTER EGG!
06/28/2019

Stop by the museum during Heritage Days weekend, and see if you can figure out the EASTER EGG!

The Flaming Monkeys have been working hard since compitition season ended. We were working on a special project for the Boone County Historical Museum. We created an interactive Juke box.The kids worked side by side with mentors learning new skills to achieve the goal. Along with achieving the goal they had some fun by planting an "EASTER EGG" in the juke box. All the gamers out there know that an "EASTER EGG" is a special item that is unlocked when found.So check out the album of all are hard work . Then during Heritage days go check out the Museum and see if you can find the "EASTER EGG".

We are honored to share this 5K Walk/Run Against Cancer that is happening in memory of one of our best volunteers - Bill...
05/15/2019
Bill's 5K Walk/Run Against Pancreatic Cancer

We are honored to share this 5K Walk/Run Against Cancer that is happening in memory of one of our best volunteers - Bill Zuromski. Bill was an amazing husband, father, grandfather and friend that impacted every person's life he met. His wife, Pam, volunteers with the museum every week and we consider the Zuromski's a big part of our museum family.

Come out and enjoy the sunshine for a wonderful cause! Kid friendly event with face painter, bounce house, food trucks, raffle and more!

Come out and enjoy the sunshine for a wonderful cause! Kid friendly event with face painter, bounce house, food trucks, raffle and more!

We want to give a huge shoutout to The Flaming Monkeys (Boone County's Robotics Club) for helping us to create an intera...
05/07/2019

We want to give a huge shoutout to The Flaming Monkeys (Boone County's Robotics Club) for helping us to create an interactive juke box for our 1950's Diner Exhibit! We received these photos of the monkeys working hard on the project, and we are over the moon! We love collaborating with our community and having the opportunity to witness such great talent in our county!

Our community is the absolute BEST!!! Thank you to everyone who came out to our 2019 Easter Party! We expected 150-200 p...
04/20/2019

Our community is the absolute BEST!!! Thank you to everyone who came out to our 2019 Easter Party! We expected 150-200 people, and ended up with almost 600!! A big shoutout and thanks to The Tuttles with Boone County 4H, Lutheran Christian Services Comfort Dog Program, the Women's Garden Club and our rockstar volunteer group! We had an amazing day and it wouldn't have been possible without each person that helped out and gave their time! We wish our community a Happy Easter!!

Tomorrow is the big day! Join us between 11AM-2PM for a fun-filled, FREE Easter Party for the community! We will have th...
04/19/2019

Tomorrow is the big day! Join us between 11AM-2PM for a fun-filled, FREE Easter Party for the community! We will have the Easter Bunny, face painting, baby chicks and turkeys, comfort dogs, easter games and a chance to plant a flower and take it home! We will also have both English and Spanish speaking volunteers on hand and hope everyone can join us for a day full of excitement!

Look who stopped by the museum today! It was a mini Esquires reunion with Brad Palmer and Dana Buck! We are dedicating a...
04/17/2019

Look who stopped by the museum today! It was a mini Esquires reunion with Brad Palmer and Dana Buck! We are dedicating a section of our 1960's room to The Esquires and they were kind enough to stop by with scrapbooks and tons of wonderful memories! Check back soon as we share more awesome 1960's Boone County memories!

Ida Public Library in Belvidere, Illinois
04/06/2019

Ida Public Library in Belvidere, Illinois

Our Adult Day Trips kick off next week! Tuesday, April 9th at 10:30 AM we will be visiting the Boone County Museum of History! We will tour the museum and get a look at the new interactive children's area! FREE. Please call 815.544.3838 or stop into the library to register.

04/05/2019

Hi, Everyone! We are currently working on creating exhibit signs for our new 50's and 60's diner exhibit. We have looked in our archives and the fbook group, "You knew you grew up in Illinois when" page and found some great photos, but we are still on the hunt for certain pictures. Several of our volunteers said it might be a good idea to post here and see if anyone has photos of:

-The Rumpus Room
-Inside or Out of Doc Knapps
-Any photos from the B-Hive Dances in the old YMCA
-Photos of The Esquires
-Dog N Suds
-The Smack

If anyone has photos, it would be great if you could post them below, email Leah at [email protected], or you can bring them by the museum and we can make a copy of them. Thank you all for your time and your memories!

We love Coach's Corner!! Thank you so much for this wonderful treat!!
03/15/2019

We love Coach's Corner!! Thank you so much for this wonderful treat!!

Where's Coach's Chili Pot this week???
Why at the Museum of course! Stop by for some nostalgia and Texas Chili! Big Daddy & The Dman out again on a surprise Friday visit.
ENJOY!

Planning a wedding or special event? Consider the beautiful Grand Gallery at the Boone County Museum of History! Our 201...
03/14/2019

Planning a wedding or special event? Consider the beautiful Grand Gallery at the Boone County Museum of History! Our 2019 calendar still has openings! Call Anna at 815.544.8391 for more information.

We still have spots available for our new school room exhibit! Contact us today to reserve your spot and honor a family ...
02/01/2019

We still have spots available for our new school room exhibit! Contact us today to reserve your spot and honor a family member!

Remember and immortalize a family member in our new school exhibit! We are in the final stages of our new exhibit, "1850-1950: 100 Years of Boone County Schools" and we need your help! We have reconstructed a space in our museum that is split down the middle to show different eras. One side features a reconstructed one room country school house from the late 1800's/early 1900's, and the other side features a 1940/1950's classroom. We are offering the community a chance to dedicate a desk in each room to a relative or ancestor that will feature a photo and a small history on their school days and life afterwards. Help us add to the history of our community by remembering a family member today!

*Edited to add that there are two spots available for teachers if you have a family member that served the community schools and our children!

Remember and immortalize a family member in our new school exhibit! We are in the final stages of our new exhibit, "1850...
12/29/2018

Remember and immortalize a family member in our new school exhibit! We are in the final stages of our new exhibit, "1850-1950: 100 Years of Boone County Schools" and we need your help! We have reconstructed a space in our museum that is split down the middle to show different eras. One side features a reconstructed one room country school house from the late 1800's/early 1900's, and the other side features a 1940/1950's classroom. We are offering the community a chance to dedicate a desk in each room to a relative or ancestor that will feature a photo and a small history on their school days and life afterwards. Help us add to the history of our community by remembering a family member today!

*Edited to add that there are two spots available for teachers if you have a family member that served the community schools and our children!

Thank you Boone County Community Foundation for the wonderful gifts you give to our community!
11/17/2018

Thank you Boone County Community Foundation for the wonderful gifts you give to our community!

Thank you to everyone who came out to the Foundation’s annual grant breakfast. Including distributions made this morning, the Foundation has distributed more than $1,005,543.00 in grants and scholarships, since 2011.

It’s great to love where you live, and we are honored to be a part of it. We appreciate and value these great organizations that contribute and offer so much to our community.

Congratulations to our 2018 recipients!

#FlashbackFriday Who remembers this mixer?! A huge thank you to Bill Blietz and family for donating the malt mixer that ...
11/16/2018

#FlashbackFriday

Who remembers this mixer?! A huge thank you to Bill Blietz and family for donating the malt mixer that sat in Doc Knapp's for so many years and has been signed by Doc himself! They also donated many hats, glasses and ice cream cups from Doc's! They are beautiful and we can't wait to put it in our 1950's Diner display that we are having so much fun creating! Does anyone have any memories from Doc Knapp's? We've heard from at least one person that they remember drinking many Green River Soda's there!

Edit: We previously had Bob Blietz as the donor, please note that it was Bill Blietz who donated these items.

As we continue on our exciting journey of giving the museum a facelift, we are excited to announce we are recreating a 1...
11/14/2018

As we continue on our exciting journey of giving the museum a facelift, we are excited to announce we are recreating a 1950's diner within the museum! We are asking the community for donations that can go towards our diner such as old coke or pepsi glasses, diner utensils/appliances, signs, posters, or anything that would have gone into a 50's diner or Boone County restaurant in the 50's! Below are some photos for inspiration. We are so excited for you all to see this and thank you in advance for any items that you can contribute! We plan to feature businesses such as Bennett's Sandwich Shop, The Huddle, Doc Knapp's, Geri's Hamburgers, and more!

#FlashbackFriday Staff are in the final steps of giving our Blacksmith Shop a new location and facelift within the museu...
11/09/2018

#FlashbackFriday

Staff are in the final steps of giving our Blacksmith Shop a new location and facelift within the museum. We can't wait for you all to see it! We have had so much fun researching our county's blacksmith history - this picture is one of our favorites. Taken about 1900, it shows A.J. Humphry's Blacksmith and Wagon Shop. It was located at 208 N State Street.

Reminder: Cemetery Tour tomorrow! Costumed interpreters will be portraying some of Boone County's most influential resid...
09/14/2018

Reminder: Cemetery Tour tomorrow! Costumed interpreters will be portraying some of Boone County's most influential residents!

Reminder: cemetery tour this Saturday!

Join us this Saturday, September 8th, at 1PM, as we open our new exhibit: "Helping Hands: A Brief History of Charities i...
09/04/2018

Join us this Saturday, September 8th, at 1PM, as we open our new exhibit: "Helping Hands: A Brief History of Charities in Boone County". The exhibit opening will feature an inspiring speech by Belvidere based charity "The Child Initiative International" with a chance to learn more about their message and how you can help those in need. There will be light refreshments and a chance to speak to the charities involved in our new exhibit. We hope to see you there!

Join us this Tuesday, September 4th at 6PM for our General Membership Meeting and Potluck! Anna and Leah will be showcas...
08/31/2018
General Membership Meeting!

Join us this Tuesday, September 4th at 6PM for our General Membership Meeting and Potluck! Anna and Leah will be showcasing some recent finds from our archives that are sure to surprise you. We can't wait to see you then!

Join us Tuesday, September 4th at 6PM for our General Membership Meeting!

We are so looking forward to this! Mark your calendars!
08/23/2018

We are so looking forward to this! Mark your calendars!

Have you marked you calendars yet for our cemetery tour with the Boone County Museum of History?

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social! We are so appreciative of our communi...
08/23/2018

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came to our Annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social! We are so appreciative of our community and museum members who make this event possible each year.

We were featured this weekend on WIFR as we celebrated 50 years since Judi Ford Nash won the Miss America title! A huge ...
06/26/2018
New exhibit honors Miss America 1969

We were featured this weekend on WIFR as we celebrated 50 years since Judi Ford Nash won the Miss America title! A huge thank you to Judi for giving a wonderful speech and answering questions and another huge thank you to everyone that came out to see our new exhibit!

Miss America 1969 is from Belvidere and was visiting today to celebrate the 50th anniversary of when she won.

06/23/2018
Judi Ford Exhibit Preview

Here is a sneak peek of our new Judi Ford Exhibit! We are so excited to see you all tomorrow when Judi will be visiting the Museum! Doors open at Noon and Judi will be speaking at 1PM and answering questions shortly after that. We'll see you all there!

06/15/2018
Boone County Museum of History

We are so thrilled at the outpouring of support and excitement for June 24th, where Judi Ford will be at the Museum making a speech, answering questions and taking pictures. We have been overwhelmed with the reception and have decided to make tickets FREE but with a suggested donation to the museum of $10. This way, everyone can be included in this amazing event in Belvidere's history! If you have previously purchased tickets, please get a hold of us and ask for Anna or Leah. We are so excited to see you all here!

Here is an added bonus from our archives. Judi's talent and crowning moment.

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314 S State St
Belvidere, IL
61008

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 17:00
Thursday 09:00 - 17:00
Friday 09:00 - 17:00
Saturday 09:00 - 15:00

Telephone

(815) 544-8391

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