About Us

 Founded in 1938, the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society  Home to the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum

boardandexec2013Board of Directors  December 2016: First row left to right: Bill Karberg, Christine Harris, President, Kathleen Morgan. Standing: Bill Butts, Vice President, Nancy Breed, Executive Director (standing), Mary Jo Losey, Marge Cooke, Steve Coates, Vickie Gratton, Secretary, Pam Doyle (not pictured), Treasurer, Chris Allendorf.

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Gateway to History

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Our Mission/Vision

The Society shall, through its collection, Museum, and other resources, educate and culturally enrich the public about the history and material culture of Galena, Jo Daviess County, and the Upper Mississippi River Lead Mine District of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Iowa and Ulysses S. Grant

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Moving It Forward: We achieve our goal by sharing facts, first-person accounts, and artifacts from all the chapters of the Galena story through improved collection curation, enhanced exhibits, programs, and activities. And we do it in a way that tells the whole world the story of our heritage.
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