About Us

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

Board of Directors

  • Christine Harris, President
  • Mary Jo Losey, Vice-President
  • Bryon Taylor, Treasurer
  • Marge Cooke, Secretary
  • Mike Blaum
  • Bill Butts
  • Steve Coates
  • Vickie Gratton
  • Bonnielynn Kreiser
  • Kathleen Morgan
  • Nancy Breed, Executive Director

obsVisit the Old Blacksmith Shop

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.

How to find us:


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 Gateway to History
Our Main Street retail location

Featuring a fine selection of books and gifts
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