Since 2017, when the Society's $10 million capital expansion campaign started, we have seen exponential growth and enthusiasm toward our goals. 


In 2007, the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society started our Continuum of Success vision beginning with a CAP assessment deeming the Museum's location and facility poor and inadequate.

View our entire vision: Continuum of Success

Nelson Stillman House Purchase

In 2017, the Society purchased 3.6 acres including the Nelson Stillman House and Crow property which are adjacent to the Grant Home on Bouthillier Street. 

The Nelson Stillman House will continue to house our administration offices and in the future, by an event venue. The rehabilitation began in Fall 2021. 

For more information about the history of the historic Nelson Stillman House or the rehabilitation process view our Historic Structures Report


The New Museum will be located behind the Nelson Stillman House, where today's Wedding Chapel is located. Contrary from popular belief the Wedding Chapel is not a historic structure, rather only a single wall is dated back to ...