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Kankakee County Museum

  Agency Contact Information:
Address: 801 South Eighth Avenue
Kankakee, IL 60901
Phone: 815.932.5279
Website: www.Kankakeecountymuseum.com
Contact Person:

Connie Licon - Executive Director

  Service Profile:
Service/program name: Gallery of Trees
Description: Each December the Museum celebrates the Gallery of Trees, with local area non-profit organizations decorating Christmas trees throughout the Museum. Guests vote for their favorites.

Service/program name: Membership
Description: Becoming a member:

The Kankakee County Historical Society is a nonprofit corporation dedicated to the preservation and enjoyment of local history, and is funded in part through donations and memberships.

Service/program name: Taylor One Room Schoolhouse - Historical Schoolhouse
Description: The Taylor One Room Schoolhouse was built in 1904 on land leased from Edwin Taylor, located in Rockville township northwest of Kankakee. In the school's single classroom, one teacher taught all eight grades each season until 1954 when it was closed.

This little country school reached its maximum enrollment in the 1911-12 school year when 27 pupils attended. During the school's fifty year history, 22 different teachers conducted classes. Not until 1948, when state regulation required that a new heating system be provided, was electricity finally installed.

The Taylor School was moved to the Museum grounds and restored to original condition as part of the area's Bicentennial Celebration. All furnishings are authentic, having been saved from many local one-room schools that existed prior to the mid-1950's.

Hundreds of school children visit the school annually to hold classes and experience rural education as it was when their ancestors were children.

Service/program name: Dr. Abram Small Home - Historical Home
Description: Dr. Abram Small moved from the Rockville region in the northwest corner of Kankakee County to the area now occupied by the Museum complex shortly after the city of Kankakee was platted in 1853.

Built of native limestone covered with scored cement, the original house consisted of a kitchen and parlor with two bedrooms on the second floor. In about 1870, a large sitting room and two additional bedrooms were added. Just a few years later a dining room and kitchen were added as well as another three bedrooms.

Today, the home is furnished as it was in the 1900's. You can visit the kitchen with its blue enamel cookstove and dry sink, and examine the walnut china cabinet and wicker rocking chair in the dining room.

In later years, the sitting room become a studio for the doctor's daughter, Susanne. There you can see her family portraits and other works of art. Just off the parlor is Dr. Small's medical office, complete with original furnishings and typical medical equipment of the era.

The doctor's son, Lennington, who was born in the house, served two terms as Illinois Governor in the 1920's.

In later years, Doctor Small's hobby of horticulture became his main occupation. The Museum site was once his thriving nursery.

Service/program name: Museum Gift Shop
Description: The Museum Gift Shop is located at:

801 South Eighth Avenue
Kankakee, Illinois 60901

It features countless books by local authors and about local subjects, pottery highlighting local villages and townships, and other tokens and momentos about the Museum and Kankakee County.

Museum Store Hours:

Tuesday thru Friday - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Saturdays - 1 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Items are available by mail from:

The Museum Store
801 South Eighth Avenue
Kankakee, Illinois 6090

Service/program name: Annual Rhubarb Festival
Description: Celebrating the pie plant that used to grow on the land the Museum now sits on, join us for this annual event; the grounds are full of vendors, arts and crafts, food, and of course, the Museumís exhibits.
  General Information:
Description: The Museum complex offers a variety of exhibits and activities for all ages.

The Museum features exhibits celebrating our Countyís history and early days. Permanent exhibits include the Civil War, World Wars, life during the 20th Century, the George Grey Barnard sculpture gallery, African American Heritage Exhibit, and local sports history.

A Pledge for Life Partnership Initiative
1 Stuart Drive
Kankakee, IL 60901
Email: kan-i-help.org