Will County Historical Society
803 S. State St., Lockport Illinois 60441
Phone 815- 838- 5080
The Will County Historical Society exists so that people and organizations may be connected to the rich history of Will County, Illinois.
Historic Children's games and toys
Just in, "Illinois in the War of 1812" by Gillum Ferguson, signed by the author $34.95
Books and other publications about Will County History
Hand-loomed rag rugs, hand made bonnets, aprons, and collars in child and adult sizes
Civil War hats
Companion publication to the Freedom Seekers exhibit
ILLINOIS AND MICHIGAN CANAL OFFICE
In 1837 The town of Lockport was laid out by the Illinois and Michigan canal commissioners and a residence office was built.
The first floor of the permanent structure was completed in 1837, and became headquarters for construction and administration of the waterway.
The canal, which extended ninety-six miles from the south branch of the Chicago river near lake Michigan to the Illinois river at Peru, was in operation from 1848 to 1914.
This building, now owned by the Will County Historical Society,
Houses the Illinois and Michigan canal Museum.
Mid February- Mid November
Noon - 4 p.m.,
Wednesday through Sunday
For tours at other hours call 815-838-5080 and leave a message
Admission $3 adults, $2 seniors, $1 children & students, members free
For genealogical or other research inquiries, leave message at above phone #. we have 70,000 documents from all over Will County, plat maps, obituary files and anniversary files.
Research charges: first 1/2 hour free, $25 per hour after
members, First hour free, $25 per hour after
Do your own research, supervised by an trained docent - free,
25 cents for black & white copies, color, legal size or larger 50 cents, copies can be downloaded onto portable drive in .jpg and .pdf format
Dr. Dougall's office
Step into the Edwardian era to see what a typical Doctor's office would look like. Dr. Dougall was an officer in the Civil War, then went on to work for the I & M Canal, the State Penitentiary, and finally opened his own office in his home.
Medicine men of Will County
In conjunction with Dr. Dougall's office this exhibit shows the men who helped heal and some of their instruments and medicines. Two highlights of this exhibit are the pre-Civil Ware surgeon's kit and a device to generate an electrical charge.
An original Edward Worst loom is the focal point of this exhibit. Worst was a pioneer in the arts and crafts movement, as well as an educator. This loom is now set up to weave rag rugs for sale in the gift shop. In addition spinning wheels, knitting machines, and a smaller table top loom are on display.
Would you like to volunteer, if so
PLEASE fill out the Application and send it in.
Exhibits now on display
WILL COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY Official Website © 2011 All rights reserved
Officers of the Society
President- Sandy Vasko, Wilmington
Vice-president- Gina Wysocki, Joliet
Secretary- Bobbie Stevens, Lockport
Treasurer- Ron Strahanowski, Lockport
Research & Geneological Room
Resources concerning Will County history including plat maps, obituaries, mortgages, chattel mortgages, historical architectural surveys, Civil War histories, African-American database, etc.
Visit our Facebook Page to view historic photos of Will County
Sneak peak inside
Even though we are closed now for the winter, WCHS will still be available to those who wish to do research or set up private tours. Call Sandy @ 815-838-5080 for more information.
Also, we are in the process of preparing for our re-opening in February by installing our new exhibit, "Weapons and Warfare of Will County." We will have documents and artifacts from Will County's military involvement stretching from Native American and the Blackhawk War up to WWII/Korea.