Winnebago Community Historical Society

Preserving the past     Informing the present     Inspiring the future

Winnebago IL History

Welcome to the Winnebago Community Historical Society

We are dedicated to collecting, preserving, and interpreting the history of the Winnebago, Illinois area--the Village of Winnebago, Winnebago Township, and surrounding townships. We focus on the Winnebago Town Hall, the Winnebago Area Local History Collection, local history programs, fundraising events, and community involvement.

Winnebago Town Hall

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Winnebago Area Local History Collection

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Community Involvement

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Meet Me At The Town Hall!
An Old Fashioned Holiday Open House

Stop by the Winnebago Town Hall on Saturday, November 28, 9am-3pm, for an old fashioned holiday open house. It's Small Business Saturday and we encourage everyone to shop Winnebago! Visit the Town Hall and learn more about WCHS and the Town Hall Renovation Project. Pick up your Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Passport and start collecting stamps. Snap a holiday photo. Shop local vendors.

Vendors at the Town Hall are:
Holiday Creations by Karen Hilliard: holiday decorations including hand painted ornaments, porch signs, wall hangings, and painting kits. Just a Hint of

Sassy-Sherry Ginger: spangle designed holiday and spirit wear, school spirit items, seasonal/holiday decorative items.

Winnebago Lions Club: collecting holiday lights for recycling, eye glasses, and cell phones. Taking orders for Koese Nuts to be delivered before Christmas. Information about the Lions Club and membership.

Winnebago Community Historical Society: Meet Me at the Town Hall T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies, WCHS holiday ornaments, 2021 calendars featuring area churches past and present, Winnebago sesquicentennial crocks. Information about WCHS and membership. Proceeds support the work of WCHS.

There will be door prizes!

Masks and social distancing will be required. We will limit the number of shoppers to maintain distancing.

Home for the Holidays--Give a 'Bago Gift!

WCHS is offering a wide variety of gifts in time for the holiday season. There are WCHS “Meet Me At The Town Hall” t-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies, as well as a mug that is great for hot chocolate on a cold winter day. We have a new holiday ornament that comes boxed and ready to gift, and a wonderful 2021 calendar that features old and new photos and information about area churches. And there are a limited number of the 2004 Winnebago Centennial crocks available. We can ship your order, or you can pick it up at the Town Hall on Saturday, November 28 or by appointment.

Give them a ‘Bago gift and support the work of WCHS at the same time! Check out our display at the Winnebago Public Library or download an order form here.

News Updates

2020 Annual Report & Board Election Results

Rob Bucey, Don Crawford, and Russ Kaney have been elected to two year terms on the Winnebago Community Historical Society. Their terms begin January 1, 2021. Board members Irv Koning, Norma Kloster, Denise Speracino, and Pat Wakeley continue to serve through 2021. New officers will be elected at the January 2021 board meeting.

The 2020 Annual Report is available here.


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