Peoria Historical Society

Peoria Historical Society

To preserve, share and celebrate the stories of the Peoria area

To be the community resource and advocate for historical preservation and research on the Peoria area, its organizations and its people.

The Peoria Historical Society collects, preserves and displays items relating to our history; encourages and supports historical research and education; and promotes and sustains public interest in the history and contributions of our people and organizations.

Henri de Tonti Award Celebration
Each year the Historical Society honors individuals who demonstrate outstanding community leadership. This year we honor Linda Daley and plan a dinner gala for September 24, 2020. Tickets for this event will be available at the Peoria Historical Society office.

History Tours
Throughout spring, summer and fall, our certified Historical Society guides lead “History on the Move Historic Bus Tours,” providing a unique opportunity to view many historic homes and venues in the Peoria area. Guides provide fascinating stories and information. Tickets for tours will be available at

Custom “step-on” tours with a PHScertified guide can also be arranged for organizations who provide their own private transportation or want a private group on our bus. A customized historic tour can also be combined with a tour of one or both historic house museums.

History Thru Art - 56th Annual Rennick Art Show
The Peoria Historical Society Presents the 56th annual Rennick History Thru Art Show at the Peoria Riverfront Museum in the month of May. All artwork will be done by local artists and will have historical significance to Peoria. Artists can find submission information on our website. Plan your visit!

4th of July at Flanagan House
Enjoy a wonderful view of the magnificent Peoria fireworks on the Illinois riverfront as you relax in the shade of the Flanagan House yard. Refreshments are available or pack your own picnic. Home tours are also available!

Holiday Home Tours
Enjoy our annual tour of historic homes in Peoria that have been decorated for the holidays, along with special displays and activities. This event falls on the first Saturday and Sunday each December.

How to Help
Join something you are already a part of! Visit us online at, become a member and like us on Facebook: @PeoriaHistoricalSociety.

Tour the Pettengill-Morron House or the Judge John C. Flannagan House. Call the office, visit our website or find us on Facebook for our schedule or to schedule your private tour.

Peoria Historical Society
611 SW Washington St.
Peoria, IL 61602
(309) 674-1921

Facebook: @Peoria Historical Society

Colleen O. Johnson, Executive Director
Maureen Naughtin, Curator
Janet Gysin, Office Manager