Northwest Territory Historic Center

Northwest Territory Historic Center President Ronald Reagan's boyhood school building in his hometown of Dixon, Illinois
A proud affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and a Veterans History Program regional interview center in association with the Library of Congress.

NTHC is a History Research and Learning Center housed in President Ronald Reagan’s boyhood South Central School; located in his hometown of Dixon, Illinois. Beautifully restored with the dedicated support of the townspeople and Reagan colleagues, the Center is proudly affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution.

Mission: Research-Discovery Heritage-Legacy Learning-Insight Tradition-Enrichment

It's Ronald Reagan Trail Days here in Dixon! Find plenty to discover in Dutch's old stomping grounds. Events are schedul...
08/08/2013
Reagan Trail Days | Events - Community | Calendar

It's Ronald Reagan Trail Days here in Dixon! Find plenty to discover in Dutch's old stomping grounds. Events are scheduled today through Sunday August 11th.

We are open through Saturday so please plan to visit. You can walk the same halls the future president walked and sit in a desk in his restored 6th grade classroom. There's quite a bit of history here and throughout town. So why not make a day of it!

Event Calendar: http://tinyurl.com/kynmb6l

RR Trail Website: http://tinyurl.com/la3u2t9

Discover Dixon - Welcome to the official website for the City of Dixon Illinois. Located 100 miles west of Chicago Illinois and on the scenic Rock River, Dixon awaits your discovery.

Important notification...Due to the recent installation of fantastic exhibits related to regional history, and in suppor...
06/06/2013

Important notification...
Due to the recent installation of fantastic exhibits related to regional history, and in support of our future direction, our name will officially change soon.

NORTHWEST TERRITORY HISTORIC CENTER replaces the Dixon Historic Center.

Get to our official (temporary) website at http://www.nthc.org or the rather lengthy http://www.northwestterritoryhistoriccenter.org

You may still enter our site from http://www.dixonhistoriccenter.org

Please revise our e-mail addresses to *@nthc.org instead of *@dixonhistoriccenter.org (all our address names "*" are the same)

04/02/2013

Make our exciting new exhibit galleries a wonderful spring destination! We've made it easier to visit on your schedule.

Now with NEW WEEKEND HOURS !!!
>Open TUESDAY through SATURDAY 9am-4pm

See you soon!

We've been busy here! Thank you to our great volunteers for giving us a jump-start during the new exhibit grand opening....
03/18/2013

We've been busy here! Thank you to our great volunteers for giving us a jump-start during the new exhibit grand opening.
Even in a winter that won't go away, visitors drop in from morning through closing to absorb the range of regional history the Center offers.
Schools are starting to discover the value of our Native American and Early American Farming exhibits as an additional source of enlightenment. Schools continue to schedule field trips to join the list of classes that have already learned from the amazing full-scale aspects of the exhibits.

02/06/2013

On February 6, 1984, on his 73rd birthday, President Ronald Reagan said, "Birthdays are special moments, and you've given me one today. But I must tell you, even though this is the 34th anniversary of my 39th birthday, those numbers don't faze me at all. I believe Moses was 80 when God first commissioned him for public service. And I also remember something that Thomas Jefferson once said. He said, 'We should never judge a president by his age, only by his works.' And ever since he told me that, I've stopped worrying."

01/24/2013

Thank you to everyone for an extremely successful exhibit grand opening! About 250 visitors enjoyed a wonderful learning experience and were amazed at the detail we have in the finest exhibits in the region.

Please view the three new photo albums just posted.

There's much more to these exhibits than could ever be posted here. Missing among the Native American photos are the traded artifacts and pelts, the lead mine, the Brasher settlers cabin, details of the Treaty of 1804 and the extensive narrative panels that detail our region's history. In the farming exhibit, the barn is much larger and full of history, tools and implements than could ever be shown here. The house is full of early appliances that made life a slight bit easier. An out building is full of early tools and a farmer stands watch over his field. The wonderful farming video is a must-see.

So, you'll just have to stop by to see and learn everything the Dixon Historic Center has to offer.

Our second great new permanent exhibit
01/24/2013

Our second great new permanent exhibit

January 20, 2013 Open House for new exhibits
01/24/2013

January 20, 2013 Open House for new exhibits

One of two new permanent exhibits at the Historic Center
01/24/2013

One of two new permanent exhibits at the Historic Center

01/11/2013

You are cordially invited to our new exhibit Open House
Sunday January 20, 2013 1-4pm

Two exhibit galleries now completed!
An Unchanged Land - Native American/Black Hawk War
The Changing Land - Early American Farming

With almost two years of design and construction behind us, the Dixon Historic Center announces a Grand Opening for two new permanent exhibits. Designed and constructed by renowned historical presentation talent, these spectacular galleries enrich our understanding of regional Native American life and early American farming.

Speaking life-like figures enrich our perception of life and the struggle to thrive in a young 19th century United States. Narrative panels fill in details about years of the Native American’s struggle to keep their land. Aspects of the settler’s lifestyle plus the implements and tools that helped settle the West are also illustrated.

See the story of 1800’s America unfold through expressive conversations and watch as a noisy conflict unfolds into gunfire. Hear the sounds of the outdoors and a farmyard. Engaging, historically accurate, structures and many artifact displays round out a magnificent learning experience for every age.

Please join us for our Grand Opening Celebration on January 20. We sincerely hope to see you here!

11/11/2012

Dixon Historic Center remembers all our veterans on this day.

Please don't forget that we are a regional interview center for veterans of all wars. If you are a veteran, or know of one, please call for an interview time to have those important war stories preserved by the Library of Congress for the Veterans History Project.

Replaying Veteran Lloyd Merriman's video (shown below on this page) will help you see the importance of these interviews.

10/19/2012

For Ronald Reagan's birthday centennial we began filming stories told by folks who personally knew "Dutch" or were personally involved with his acquaintances.

The videos will soon be shared with the Reagan Library and Eureka College as a permanent historical record of President Reagan's life.

Please find the link to these wonderful videos by starting on our web site home page. We hope you enjoy the stories.

http://www.dixonhistoriccenter.org/

10/09/2012

Author Craig Shirley will speak about the campaigns of Ronald Reagan at an event sponsored by The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home. Autographed copies of Mr. Shirley's books, "Reagan's Revolution", "Rendezvous With Destiny" and "December 1941" will be available for sale at the event.

The Dixon Historic Center will host this event in the Center's auditorium at 205 W. 5th Street in Dixon, Illinois - Friday, October 26th at 6:00pm. Admission is free but seating is limited. Please call the Boyhood Home to reserve your seat. 815-288-5176.

http://www.craigshirley.com/

We're baaaaaack! After a year of planning, design, development, research and production, the first truckload of our new ...
07/11/2012

We're baaaaaack! After a year of planning, design, development, research and production, the first truckload of our new permanent exhibit components arrived yesterday! The installation (by 1220 of Nashville) won't be complete until October, but the new Native American/Black Hawk War and Early American Farming exhibits will be spectacular! More as we move to completion.

11/11/2011

Veteran Lloyd Merriman from Compton, IL -- Absolutely amazing! Thank you for your service Lloyd!

Dixon-1846 Permanent exhibits
08/05/2011

Dixon-1846 Permanent exhibits

Rock River Assembly / Chautauqua Permanent Exhibit
08/05/2011

Rock River Assembly / Chautauqua Permanent Exhibit

The Dixon Historic Center is proud to be an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. This relationship allows the Cente...
08/03/2011
Smithsonian

The Dixon Historic Center is proud to be an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. This relationship allows the Center to bring the finest educational exhibits to the Midwest.

The world's largest museum and research complex, with 19 museums, 9 research centers and more than 140 affiliate museums around the world.

08/03/2011

What a summer here in the home town of President Reagan! Another tornado close by last night and a flood watch once again today... amazing! Lighting from a bad storm last week took out our phones, the air conditioners and the internet router. We're doing great today; but if you couldn't get through last week to set up a tour or plan a meeting, please try again.

Address

205 W 5th St
Dixon, IL
61021

General information

New Native American/Black Hawk War and Early American Farming permanent exhibits! President Ronald Reagan history and restored 6th grade classroom. Plus, regional historical exhibits.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 09:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
Friday 09:00 - 16:00
Saturday 09:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(815) 288-5508

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