Bond County Historical Society

Preserving the history of Bond County, Illinois and its communities

Townships:  Shoal Creek - LaGrange - Mulberry Grove - Old Ripley - Central - Pleasant Mound - Burgess - Mills - Tamalco.          Communities:  Ayers - Beaver Creek - Donnellson - Dudleyville - Durley - Elm Point - Greenville - Hamburg - Hookdale - Keyesport - Millersburg - Mulberry Grove - Newport - Old Ripley - Panama - Pierron - Pocahontas - Reno - Smithboro - Sorento - Stubblefield - Tamalco - Wisetown - Woburn.

Greenville Museum Day: June 3, 2023: 9am-2pm

Don’t miss this multi-stop tour of Greenville’s museums and attractions. Pick up a Museum Day Guidebook and Map at any stop. Bond County Museum and One-Room School Museum will be open for guided tours and special activities. New exhibits this season at BCM include the first residential TV in Bond County: a 1949 Stewart-Warner “Wonder Window.” Also new on temporary display are U.S. DeMoulin’s travel trunk, vintage toys, new acquisitions, and memorabilia from area restaurants.

Bond County Museum plans to celebrate Museum Day with appearances by a 1941 fire truck along with Sparky the Dalmatian Fire Dog and Ice Queen Elsa. Characters will take photos and have interactions with each kid and kid-at-heart. Guided tours of the museum will be given by BCHS member Kevin Kaegy portraying local Civil War hero Col. John B. Reid.

At the One-Room School, visitors can experience a taste of how rural grade schoolers received their education before the 1950s consolidation of Bond County schools. Children will also be able to pull the rope to ring the school bell.

Our Museum’s Phone Number Has Changed

After a transition period without a voice mail service, we are ready to announce our NEW PHONE NUMBER is 618-690-0469. Leave us a voicemail message to schedule a guided group tour, a tour outside regular museum hours, or to get in touch with our society board for any reason. If you are unable to connect with us via phone, please send an email or a message to our Facebook page. We miss you, and Thank you!

We’re Open in 2023

Welcome back to Bond County Historical Society’s new home, the Bond County Museum, for the 2022-2023 Season. Come visit us for a self-guided tour - Saturdays 10am-noon (& Sundays 1-3pm June, July, August only). Watch our Facebook Page and local media for more information on special events!

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2023 Upcoming Events

Bond County Historical Society is planning a full year of Activities, Speakers, Tours, and Events! View the current schedule and check back often for more dates & more details. [Last Updated March 29, 2023]

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“Bond County History Remembered: Video Legacies”
is Bond County Historical Society’s new oral history series

Check out the newest video releases in our YouTube Channel and on our Video Legacies webpage.

Bond County, Illinois, USA

Bond County current shape
Civil War Era Room inside Bond County Museum

Bond County Museum Hours!

  • Greenville Museum Day Saturday June 3, 2023: special extended hours 9am-2pm
  • Saturdays: 10am-noon (January—December)
  • Sundays: 1pm-3pm (June—August)

Plus special occasions to be announced. Groups welcome. The museum will open for special tours, please call or email to arrange. Check dates the museum facility is Currently Reserved. Free admission. Donations accepted.


Now you can enjoy reading the semi-annual Bond County Genealogical Society e-Newsletter, published jointly with Bond County Historical Society since 2014!

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Financial Gifts Sought to Support New Bond County Museum

Help BCHS open the new Bond County Museum with your financial gift

Bond County Historical Society needs your help to raise funds to complete Phase 2 necessary renovations and improvements to the historic U.S. DeMoulin Mansion, which opened to the public May 15, 2021 as Bond County Museum! Please consider a donation to help us reach our goal! As BCHS is recognized as a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, your contribution may be tax deductible.

Press Release: (October 2018) Historic Greenville Home Donated to Bond County Historical Society


Cary Holman

Jim Schutte

Jane Hopkins

John S. Coleman

Kevin Kaegy

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Business Meetings are generally the fourth Tuesday of each month at 7:00 pm at Bond County Museum. Special Programs, Events or Tours of other locations may move meeting date/time. Please check our Facebook Page, WGEL 101.7FM Radio, The Greenville Advocate newspaper, or official emails from the society.

Past Posters Collage - Each October, BCHS hosts our Annual Dinner Meeting Plus Program & Elections

Past Annual Meetings Poster Collage