Illinois, Edwards County Historical Society

The Edwards County (IL) Historical Society was organized on 21 August 1939 to collect, preserve and interpret artifacts and written documents pertaining to the history of Edwards County, Illinois; to foster interest in historical, biographical and genealogical research; and to publish historical, biographical and genealogical information with emphasis on items, events, families and communities connected to Edwards County, Illinois.

In 1941 the society purchased the birthplace of former Illinois Governor Louis Lincoln Emmerson at 212 West Main Street, Albion, Illinois in which to house its growing collection.

In 2004 the society began the restoration of the Historic 1859 Edwards County Jail. When completed, this building will house the society's library and genealogical collection.  The building at 212 West Main Street will then contain most of the society's museum collection.

Membership & Publications

Membership in the historical society is open to anyone interested in the history of Edwards County, Illinois and the genealogy of its people. Membership dues of $20 annually includes a subscription to the Edwards County Historical Society Quarterly. The historical society has several publications for sale.

To obtain a list of publications, inquire about genealogical research, or for other questions, the society can be contacted by sending an email to EdwardsCountyHistory@frontier.com or by regular mail to the following address:

Edwards County Historical Society
c/o Terry L. Harper
9 North Fifth Street
Albion, IL 62806-1021