Get Involved

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Join the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society:

When you become a member, you ensure that the rich cultural history of our area is safeguarded for future generations.


To tell the unique story of Galena, Jo Daviess County, and the Northwest Driftless Area to local, regional, and national audiences.


To operate a museum and related sites and to make educational programming and the collections accessible through traditional and contemporary methods.


To enrich lives by connecting people to the distinctive heritage of Galena, Jo Daviess County, and the Northwest Illinois Driftless Area.

Benefits of all levels of membership:
Membership card for free museum admission
Invitations to members-only events, including previews of upcoming exhibits
The Miners’ Journal, our quarterly newsletter
10% discount at the museum gift shop (exludes “Made in Galena” items)

Volunteer Opportunities

We’re always on the lookout for enthusiastic history-lovers to work at the museum as volunteers. There’s always something going on at the Museum and we’d like you to be a part of it! (And you don’t need to be a history expert to get involved.) If interested in becoming a volunteer, contact Ray at or call 815.777.9129. We look forward to hearing from you!

Here are some of the ways you can get involved as a volunteer.