Nauvoo Historical Society
Nauvoo, Illinois

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Welcome to the official website of the Nauvoo Historical Society. There are many web sites relating to Nauvoo's history, tourism and commerce. This site, however, is the only site of the Nauvoo Historical Society, a not for profit group which does not represent any ethnic or religious group and is dedicated to preserve the entire history of Nauvoo, from the earliest Native American settlers and Western explorers to the present day. We hope you will enjoy these our site and welcome your communications. If you visit Nauvoo, please come visit our two museums. Both museums are open May 15th – Oct 15th, 1-4 pm daily or by appointment. Tour buses are welcome with bus parking nearby.

We have news!
• A security system for fire and theft has been installed in the Weld House Museum.
• 2014 membership dues are due by July 1. Many new memberships are coming in. Please send your dues to the Nauvoo Historical Society, PO Box 69, Nauvoo, Illinois 62354.
• The NHS will sponsor a French Dinner on Saturday, April 12 at the Fitz-Randolph House Inn, Carthage, at 6:00 pm. Reservations are limited, call Debbie Callaghan at 217-219-1188.
• There will be a German Festival at the Rheinberger Museum on May 17-18, featuring the Heidelberg Band. Call 217-219-1188 for more information.
• The NHS noontime heritage discussions have resumed at Grandpa John's Cafe. The first was NHS president Raymond Siegrist speaking on the Nauvoo Veterans' Memorial on March 19. On Thursday, March 27, Father Tony will discuss the history of the Villa Marie Rectory and the history of the Knights of Columbus. On April 2, Mary Logan will share memories from her years teaching at Nauvoo-Colusa High School. Former students are invited to share their memories and browse through yearbooks. On April 9, Mary Jo Scheetz will discuss her ancestor, Nauvoo artist Joseph Kirschbaum: The Man and His Art. She will also share her new book about him. On April 16, Barton Golding will present the history of the Rufus Abbott Manor. On April 24, Dona Herr and other members of the Standing Bear Council (an inter-tribal council) will speak on its history and a Nauvoo connection. Check here for updates!
• The Baxter family has donated Annette Powell's antique Kashmir shawl, which was a wedding gift in 1852 from her husband Emile Baxter. This will be on display in the Baxter-Snyder Room at the Weld House Museum. See the Museums and History page for a photo.



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