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Membership is available in the following categories:
Student $ 2.00
Organization $50.00 (non-Profit)
Pioneer $ 250.00
Checks may be made out to MMHS and mailed to P.O.Box: 433
Mendota, IL 61342-0433
The Mendota Museum & Historical Society was formed as a nonprofit corporation by Mr.
Horace Hume in May of 1993. Mr. Hume, seeing the need for a larger library donated funds for the Graves Public Library, freeing up the 1904 Carnegie library building. He also contributed additional funds to restore this beautiful building and fulfill his vision to use the structure to create a museum dedicated to the history of the Mendota area. The museum opened in August 1997.
The mission of MMHS is to educate - to preserve and to interpret the history of the Mendota area. The Hume-Carnegie Museum exhibits the area's people, industry, and commerce. The Union Depot Railroad Museums showcases the area's railroad history. The Breaking the Prairie Museum and Chapel commemorate the area's agricultural heritage.
The MMHS is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.
Financial contributions from Mr. Hume, the City of
Mendota, many individuals and organizations have come together with artifacts, memories, and volunteers to create this wonderful museum complex.
Donations to the museum are gratefully accepted to continue our upkeep, preservation, and displays.
Mendota Museums Admission Prices
ADULT (over age 18)
• One Museum $5.00
• Both Museums $8.00
HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT
• One Museum $4.00
• Both Museums $6.00
• One Museum $3.00
• Both Museums $4.00
Ages 6 and under
• One Museum $12.00
• Both Museums $20.00
Executive Director -
Mary Schallhorn - Administrative Assistant
Len Schwemlein - Station Master
Mendota Museum & Historical Society Board of Directors:
Officers: President - Bryon Walter
Vice President - Ian Richardson
Treasurer - Marsha Jones
Secretary - Tom Henson
President Emeritus - William Greenwood
David Boelk Mike Cerveny Peter Conkey
Jay Miller Alan Russell Chris Stamberger Shelby Weide
Michelle Wade Wayne Whitmore Dar Wujek
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