The Bethalto Historical Museum is housed in the former
Village Hall. This building was erected around 1873 and enlarged in 1885. Long
the center of community activity it once housed the police, fire and water
departments and later the public library. The city’s tiny one room jail can
still be seen today. The Museum contains exhibits on Bethalto’s past including
the role of its citizens in World Wars I and II. Other exhibits include the
founding of the town, the annual Homecoming Celebration, and a recreated
classroom from the past.
|An old time classroom
in the Museum
of the Log Cabin
In 1998, a fire at a local home
revealed a perfectly protected log cabin within the structure. State
historical preservationists estimate that the cabin was built in the
mid-1800s. Bethalto's school children were asked by the Bethalto Rotary Club
to help raise the funds needed to move and restore the cabin to its present
site next to the Museum. The "History Makes Cents" campaign raised over one
million pennies ($10,000.) The Bethalto Log Cabin stands as a symbol of the
village’s pioneer past as well as the resourcefulness of its present youth.
The interior of the cabin is furnished in the pioneer style. Visitors will
need to ask Museum volunteers to let them into the cabin.
The Museum in conjunction with the Illinois Historic
Preservation Agency and the Illinois State Library hosts a series of changing
exhibits of historical interest.
Visiting the Bethalto Historical Museum
Open Wednesdays 10 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - 3 pm. Other times by
There is no charge to visit the Bethalto
Directions: The Bethalto Historical Museum is located at 124 W. Main
Street near the downtown district, just north of Erwin Plegge Blvd. and one
block west of N. Prairie Street.
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