Coles County Historical Society

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Coles County Historical Society Details

Address, Phone Number, Fax Number, and Hours for Coles County Historical Society, a Historical Society, at Lafayette Avenue, Mattoon IL.

Coles County Historical Society
1320 Lafayette Avenue
Mattoon, Illinois, 61938
Mon 8:00 AM-12:00 PM; Wed 11:00 AM-2:00 PM; Fri 1:00 PM-4:00 PM; Sat 8:00 AM-12:00 PM

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About the Coles County Historical Society

The Coles County Historical Society, located in Mattoon, IL, is a local organization dedicated to studying and preserving the history of Mattoon. The Historical Society fosters an appreciation of the past, with an emphasis on local history. In addition to collecting and preserving historical artifacts, photographs, and personal stories, the Historical Society conducts research into local Coles County families and businesses, which they present to the public through exhibits. The Historical Society also provides public historical records.

You may contact the Historical Society for questions about:
  • Mattoon Historical Society exhibits and events
  • Finding Mattoon public records
  • Mattoon historical center discounts
  • Genealogy research in Mattoon, IL
  • Making a donation
  • Volunteering
Mattoon Public Records

The Historical Society collects historical records in Coles County including genealogy records. Many of the records in the Historical Society collection are available to the public. The Historical Society can also connect visitors with Mattoon museums, historical archives, and other sources of historical records. Contact the Historical Society for information about locating public records or conducting genealogy research in Mattoon.

Local Mattoon History

In Mattoon, the Historical Society specializes in local history. Working with other organizations and institutions, the Historical Center helps preserve local institutions, historic buildings, and historic neighborhoods. It also preserves the history of different groups of people in Mattoon. In collaboration with Illinois Historical Societies, the Coles County Historical Society ensures that historic preservation ordinances, historic districts, and preservation guidelines are established and enforced.

Events & Exhibits

The Historical Society offers exhibits and events centered on Mattoon history. These programs provide historical information about Mattoon communities, businesses, and history. In addition to visiting the Historical Society to see exhibits, the Coles County Historical Society offers online content, including historical photographs, articles, and materials on local history.

Historical Society Donations & Funding

Donations and fundraising make up a significant part of Coles County Historical Society funding. The Historical Society receives support from the Illinois state government, businesses, and universities, as well as private donations. Fundraisers, such as tours of IL historical sites, sponsored talks, and historical reenactments, help support the Historical Society. Contact the Historical Society for more information about donations and funding.

Volunteering for the Mattoon Historical Society

The Historical Society relies on volunteers for many events and programs. These volunteers help run educational programs, provide research assistance for visitors using the Historical Society collection, and perform outreach at Mattoon schools.

Contact the Coles County Historical Society

You may contact the Coles County Historical Society by calling 217-235-6744, or by addressing inquiries to the office mailing address: Coles County Historical Society, 1320 Lafayette Avenue, Mattoon, Illinois, 61938.