The men in our area were well represented in the Civil War, World Wars I & II, the Korean War, Vietnam and every action since. There are currently 18 mannequins displaying men and women in various branches of the service and conflicts and one war bride. All uniforms and the wedding dress were locally donated.
The volunteers are working on our military files. In addition to the uniforms and artifacts on display, the collection includes binders filled with information on our area people who have served in the military. To include your or a loved one’s story, there is a form to fill out, or simply put together the information, which would include branch of service, date of induction, date of release, medals received, where served and any other information that would enhance the file along with pictures. Please send or deliver to the museum.
The Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum began several years ago with a group of people interested in local history and preserving the area’s past. They began meeting regularly. The idea was to encompass the old school district #425, which included the towns of Shabbona, Shabbona Grove, Lee, Rollo, and the surrounding area. Since this area included DeKalb County and parts of Lee and LaSalle Counties, the collection of historical information spans a large area.
In September 1992 the museum opened its doors in the old bank building at 119 W. Comanche Street in Shabbona, Illinois. A 1200 sq. ft. addition was added to the back of the building in 2014 to provide a large work area for research and room for additional displays. While much of the research is done online, we continue to grow research collections which include obituaries, marriages, abstracts, family histories, biographies, and military, church, and school records.
The museum is currently open from 9:00-11:30 a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on Saturdays. We close during the winter months.
Admission is free.
The one-room school exhibit is set up to illustrate what a child would see if they were attending a classroom in one of the nearly 40 one-room schoolhouses formerly found in the area. The artifacts on display are from several of the original schools.