The Henry County Historical Society is inviting area organizations to meet at the county museum in Bishop Hill.

The Henry County Historical Society is inviting area organizations to meet at the county museum in Bishop Hill.

Board members will also be available to give a program to organizations who request it when they use the museum.

The museum includes six main display rooms. It features displays about historic homes, businesses, and farms of Henry County.

The agricultural room is filled with many early farm implements, a 20-foot barn and a windmill.

There are exhibits showing Indian artifacts, coal mining in the county, a country store, a one-room school house, a harness shop with beautiful old saddles, a blacksmith shop, a typical 1900s kitchen, parlor and bedroom.

The museum has a military room dedicated to the men and women of the county who served in the military.

It’s a perfect destination for families, individuals, Scout groups, church and school groups and organizations needing a program idea and meeting place.

The facility is handicap-accessible.

It is located at 202 S. Park St. in Bishop Hill.

The museum is open daily May through October from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special times can be planned for organizations wishing to meet at the museum.

The historical society was founded 51 years ago dedicated to the preservation of Henry County history. One hundred twenty five charter members met on Jan. 6, 1963 in the Circuit Court Room of the Henry County Courthouse in Cambridge. They occupied rooms in the historic Bishop Hill Colony Steeple Building until 1980, when the Bishop Hill Heritage Society required additional space for exhibits of their own.

In the fall of 1981, the HCHS successfully bid on the empty Bishop Hill elementary school building which had been built by Galva School District in 1952 and closed at the end of the 1979 school year.

After considerable restoration, the Henry County Historical Society opened its permanent museum to the public in April 1984.

Any organization wishing to meet at the museum should contact Linda Owens at (309) 932-2585.