Welcome To The   LaSalle County Historical Society

Learn With Us Today!

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 to 2.8 million, it sits at the heart of one of Illinois’ top tourism destinations. Utica is easily accessible and conveniently located near where Interstates 80 and 39 meet. The Society’s exhibits and activities include: Canal Warehouse, Heritage Center, Canal Market, Blacksmiths Shop, One-Room Schoolhouse, and much more.

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Fri: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Sat: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

Sun: 12:00pm - 4:00pm


Adult   $5

Seniors $4

Students (11+) $3

Children 10 and under Free


Radium Girls Movie Release

Available for rent October 23, 2020 to January 14, 2021 for $12

The Radium Girls fought against the injustice of the day, and they made a

Radium Girls is based on true events, teenage sisters Bessie and Jo paint glow-in-the- dark
watch dials at the American Radium Factory in 1920s New Jersey. When girls at the factory
mysteriously begin to fall ill, Bessie uncovers a corporate scandal and fights back in a radical
coming-of-age story.

A portion of the proceeds from the rentals will be donated back to the LaSalle County Historical Society!

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Upcoming Events

Wild Bill Day’s
Sat, May 29
La Salle County Historical Museum
May 29, 2021, 12:00 PM – May 30, 2021, 5:00 PM
La Salle County Historical Museum, 101 E Canal St, North Utica, IL 61373, USA
Join the LaSalle County Historical Society for our second year in hosting the Wild Bill Day’s May 23-24, 2020. Live Re-enactments and much more! Details to come shortly.
51st Annual Burgoo Festival
Sat, Oct 09
208 N Clark St
Oct 09, 2021, 11:00 AM – Oct 10, 2021, 5:00 PM
208 N Clark St, 208 N Clark St, North Utica, IL 61373, USA
Join the LaSalle County Historical Society in celebrating our 51st Annual Burgoo Festival. One of Illinois largest and longest running fall festivals held annually on Columbus Day weekend in the quaint village of North Utica. 350 vendors, Burgoo Stew (Sunday only), live entertainment and more!
Casino Night
Time is TBD
Time is TBD
CatsEye, 724 La Salle St, Ottawa, IL 61350, USA
Join us as we step back into time to the Roaring 20's!

Volunteer Opportunities

"Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much."

The LaSalle County Historical Society could not accomplish everything we do without the help of our many volunteers! Volunteers are our bloodline and what keeps our museum campus up and running.
We are looking for all types of volunteers; whether it be donating some time to become a docent at one of our museum complexes, collections assistance, helping with our 4th Grade School Program, volunteering a special skill (basket weaving, pottery, looming, etc) we would like your help. Anyone can volunteer!!! Service hours are awarded for your volunteer time at the museum.



As stated by Theodore Roosevelt, “The more you know from your past, the better prepared you are for the future.”  With the unprecedented closure of many schools and businesses the LaSalle County Historical Society would love for you to take advantage of your isolation with a local history project.  History is told from generation to generation and with each passing generation valuable information is lost.  Taking time to sit down with a member of an older generation will not only help the LaSalle County Historical Society to record the experiences, times, and tribulations of our older generations, but will also help in a time where that same older generation is in need of communication and attention due to their isolated state.  With your help we will be able to record this valuable information to help with our further research with topics important to our local history.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Illinois Humanities, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Illinois General Assembly.


Contact Us


(815) 667-4861

101 E Canal St, North Utica, IL 61373, USA

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