History of the Heartland opens Historic Preservation Week with History Showcase Saturday on May 20. The organization consists of various historical organizations and groups interested in promoting the preservation of our historic structures, homes, and the stories of our people. Showcase Saturday is a day to enjoy touring many of our most iconic historic gems in Decatur, IL. Each venue is conducting their own open house and displays for all ages to enjoy.
The venues will be given 25 limited-edition elongated coins which feature the Staley Pump House and the Centennial of Lake Decatur. The coin is provided free of charge by History of the Heartland for the first 25 attendees at each of the venues.
“We are thrilled to see our many historical gems embracing our 4th annual Historic Preservation Week! It is exciting to cheer on the work of the many volunteers and board members and provide them with a special occasion to showcase their venues,” says Ayn Owens, event coordinator.
Open houses include: • Culver House (412 West Prairie) 10am-3pm asking for a $10 donation. • Lincoln Theater (141 North Main Street) 11am-2pm donations accepted • Millikin Homestead (125 North Pine St) 11am-3pm donations accepted • Macon County History Museum and Prairie Village (5580 North Fork Rd) 11am-4pm donations accepted • African-American Cultural & Genealogical Society Museum of Illinois (235 West Eldorado) Noon-3pm donations accepted • Hieronymus Mueller Museum (420 West Eldorado) 1pm-4pm donations accepted • The Staley Museum (361 North College) 1pm-4pm donations accepted Gov. Oglesby Mansion (421 West William) 2pm-4pm donations accepted
For more information about the event schedule, follow History of the Heartland on facebook or call 217-791-1385.