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Bureau County Historical Society Museum

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Address: 109 Park Ave W, Princeton, IL 61356-1927
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+1 815-875-2184

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Part of a great trip through historic Princeton

The Historical society museum is in a gorgeous old home and filled with wonderful fascinating memorabilia from another era. It is a delight for young and old. Don't miss it!

Reviewed 23 August 2016
Nancy G
Princeton, Illinois
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Princeton, Illinois
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

The Historical society museum is in a gorgeous old home and filled with wonderful fascinating memorabilia from another era. It is a delight for young and old. Don't miss it!

Thank Nancy G
north central il
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Reviewed 27 May 2016

This is fabulous not-for-profit county museum. There Civil War artifacts, a 20,000+ local photo collection as well as a great Native American treasure trove. Well worth a detour.

Thank iilquad
Princeton, Illinois, United States
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Reviewed 28 July 2015

What a wonderful museum for Bureau County. Clean, professional and true. Pam does a great job and the Board or Directors are top notch. Good Job to everyone.

Thank twdlnel
Princeton, Illinois
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Reviewed 21 July 2015

The museum is situated in a home built in the mid-nineteenth century and donated for the purpose of housing a variety of historical collections, There are three buildings full of artifacts ranging from agricultural tools to clothing, weapons, geneaology records and a vast collection of photographs taken in the mid to late 19th century by photography Henry Immke. The museum... More 

Thank Barb P
Bloomington-Normal, Illinois
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Reviewed 26 September 2014

The quantity and quality of exhibits are quite large for a county level museum thanks to the forward looking founders of Princeton. Museum takes up two large old homes in the middle of town. Extensive genealogy research material also available. Took a tour with the director who is very knowledgeable and an original curator of the 20,000 glass negatives (photos)... More 

Thank Scott W
West Des Moines
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Reviewed 3 August 2014

My trip to Princeton was a genealogy quest for information on my GG and GGG grandparents. Ladies at the Historical Society Museum were most helpful and found glass negatives from the H.W. Immke collection of my GG aunt, and children taken in 1876 and 1880. Awaiting copies and quite excited. Have never found photos of any ancestors this old.

Thank LoneTraveller56
Sycamore, Illinois
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Reviewed 15 February 2014

We didn't have family to research in Bureau County but as genealogists stopped by just to check out what they offered. Friendly staff spent about a half hour with us--even though they weren't actually open that day! Spacious research facilities.

Thank mwilson25
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Reviewed 25 September 2013

Visited on a field trip with a grade school class. Very nice museum for a small town. The guides were very informative and knowledgeable about the displays. Well worth the visit, especially if you or your ancestors were from the area.

Thank Diane D

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