The LaSalle County Historical Society campus is located on the banks of the historic Illinois & Michigan Canal and is situated in the quaint village of Utica, Illinois. Bordering beautiful Starved Rock State Park with an annual attendance of 2.2 milllion, it sits at the heart of one of Illinois’ top tourism destinations. Utica is easilu accessible and conveniently located near where Interstate 80 and 39 meet.
The purpose of the LaSalle County Historical Society, as described in its certificate of incorporation, is “To search out, procure and preserve in permanent form, facts and data in the history of the County of LaSalle as related to persons, places and all objects therein. In order to meet said purpose, the primary duty of the Society shall be to discover, collect, and preserve any facts or relics pertaining to the history of LaSalle County and to encourage the study of LaSalle County heritage, its times and people.”
To meet its purpose, the primary duty of the Society shall be “To discover, collect, and preserve any facts or relics pertaining to the history of LaSalle County and to encourage the study of LaSalle County heritage, its times and people.”
Officers and Board Members
President: Everett Solon
1st Vice-President: Ed Brozak
2nd Vice-President: David Eller
Secretary: Mary Holland
Treasurer: Julie Duff
In 1969 the Illinois State Historical Society presented its Award of Merit for local and regional history for converting the warehouse into a museum.
In 1971 the Society received the National Award of Merit for preserving a landmark and making it an interpretive history center.