Our Museum on Main will be open every Saturday from

9:00 to 2:00, beginning March 20, 2021.


Our Gallery on Galena will be open every first Saturday 

from 10:00 to 1:00, starting April 3, 2021.

At the May meeting of the Tiskilwa Village Board, Tiskilwa Historical Society members presented the Village with the Governor's Hometown Award plaque recognizing outstanding volunteerism in the Tiskilwa community. Board member Amy Kline sent us a photo capturing the moment. This statewide recognition is something that the many volunteers in our little Gem of the Valley can share with pride.


From left: Connie Kauffman, Ed Waca, Bill Wendle, Christy Senneff,

                     Randy Senneff, Cecille Gerber, and Mayor Michael Murray.

You’ll easily spot our MUSEUM ON MAIN on the south side of Tiskilwa’s three-block business district.  In case you’re concerned when you see the 18 steps of the former Methodist Church building (where our museum is housed), don’t worry – most exhibits are on the lower level, and the upper level is accessible by means of a chair lift.


You can visit our Museum on Main “Where the past is present” on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or call Ed at 815.646.4016 to open it up almost anytime. Visitors are special to us!  We also host a public program of historical interest on the second Monday night of most months, March through November. In June, August, and December, we participate in town-wide events and festivals.   

Recognized in 2010 as “Volunteer Institution of the Year” by the Illinois Association of Museums, Tiskilwa Historical Society offers six galleries of hands-on experience with Tiskilwa’s colorful past:  Native American artifacts; village items including fire department gear; military and school memorabilia; Hennepin Canal construction photos; old farm implements; 20th-century domestic items; a display about the depot and railroads; information on local churches, past and present; toys of the past . . . and quite a bit more!