After being closed for relocation since October, the Collinsville Historical Museum will be moving into its new home at 406 West Main Street, Collinsville, Illinois next door to the Collinsville Memorial Public Library Center.
The public is invited to experience the new building and the new display of artifacts at the Museum’s
Sunday, January 14, 2007 from 1:00pm to 4:00pm.
The Collinsville Historical Museum, which had its humble beginnings in 1967 when Mr. Irving Dilliard acquired the Collins trunk of memorabilia and housed it in the Collinsville Library at 408 West Main Street, received a grant in 2004 from the Illinois State Museum in conjunction with the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to construct a building all of its own. The grant was for a building and the monies totaled $488,200. Land that was donated by the Board of Trustees of the Collinsville Library completed the project.
Over the years the Historical Museum’s collection has grown to well over 10,000 items ranging from military memorabilia to architectural detailing to personal mementoes. It is an impressive accumulation of historic importance of the Collinsville area. Under its new Director Cary Harvengt who is following in the footsteps of Arvil Wrigley and Floyd Sperino longtime volunteer curators the Historical Museum has a ‘new dawn’ to serve the community. Ms. Harvengt’s first impressions of the historical significance and range of the Collinsville artifacts when she was introduced to the Museum in August were " am surprised at the number of real "treasures" the collection contains, and am enthused to help develop new exhibits that will showcase Collinsville's unique history in this new setting--a setting worthy of this collection's value to the community."
Since the Museum project got underway in early 2006 more expenses have necessitated an ongoing fund. Money is still being accepted to complete the building costs and to ensure the operational future of the museum. Donations are accepted at the Museum daily and are tax deductible.