Peoria Historical Society

Peoria Historical Society

This week on Out & About, Beth Johnson of the Peoria Historical Society joins Jenn Gordon to talk about the new History Walking Tours being offered throughout the summer. Each tour was designed by one of the several passionate history experts who serve with the Peoria Historical Society. The tours cover a wide variety of aspects of Peoria’s past, including famous people and their homes, the theatre district, and notable landmark buildings and memorials. Tours are limited to 8 people and require advance ticket purchase.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - A brighter and more colorful Abraham Lincoln is returning to the Peoria Historical Society early next year.

Steel House Gets a New Home

Oct 20, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

The historic LeTourneau steel house from the Komatsu plant has a new address.

It was trucked to the Wheels O’ Time Museum Wednesday and lowered onto its new foundation Thursday.

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PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - The Peoria Historical Society's history tours may become history themselves.  

Peoria Historical Society Unveils New Logo

May 18, 2017
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There’s a new look for the Peoria Historical Society. For the first time in 83 years, the Society has unveiled a new logo. It replicates the lower left portion of the old Peoria County Courthouse clock. The logo was designed by the Simantel Group and suggests movement through time.


Cass Herrington / Peoria Public Radio

The Peoria Historical Society has discovered what a curator is calling its “largest acquisition of historical material.” It includes paintings, letters and diaries. The collection is now part of the Pettengill-Morron House Museum that was one of the first homes in Peoria, dating to the mid 1800s.

The documents could help verify the house’s link to the underground railroad.

Moses Pettengill and his wife Lucy were outspoken abolitionists. And for that reason, historians have speculated that the Pettengill-Morron home was a stop on the underground railroad. 

Peoria's Hidden Treasures - October 21, 2013

Oct 21, 2013

As part of the Citywide Celebration of Women Artists, the Peoria Public Library is displaying the Balance Crazy Quilt and other works on loan from the Peoria Historical Society. The Peoria Women’s Club is furnished with multiple artifacts and works of art, including several paintings by sisters Nona and Emily White. And the Peoria Riverfront Museum is showing eight newly-acquired works by women artists.