Preserving History for Future Generations

Welcome to our webpage!
  Free admission to the museum!  
Our purpose is to discover and preserve important artifacts and information related to one of the oldest counties in Illinois! Formed in 1816, Pope County is in the southeastern corner of Illinois.
Our museum in Golconda has several different collections throughout the various parts of our building. The large front room is devoted to county history including a variety of artifacts donated by various families through the years. This room also features the work of many local artists as well as portraits of prominent Pope Countians.
Among the most interesting exhibits is a mammoth tusk discovered along the Ohio River, an old Studebaker wagon, an egg crate machine, and a copper still.
A military exhibit area with items ranging form the War of 1812 to current times and a research library make up the rear section of the museum.
There is a schoolroom area and a meeting area. Several exhibits in the middle section of the museum deal with mercantile businesses in the county.
There is a sizeable collection of tokens which were used for trading at general stores in the Pope County communities. There are also several mercantile ledgers from various businesses.
Pictures of various graduating classes from Pope County High School adorn the hallway and other areas. Stop by and visit with us on weekends from April to November.
  Free admission to the museum!  
Donations accepted.
The county roads have been drastically improved since 1935.

Upcoming Events
April 23, 2024
6:00 pm
Historical Society Meeting
Program by Ed Annable, Memories to Paper. Ed will discuss how a person can put their memories to paper when writing their history for future ...

May 28, 2024
6:00 pm
Historical Society meeting
Presenter will be Darrel Dexter. Topic is Slavery and Emancipation 

June 25, 2024
6:00 pm
June Meeting
Our speaker is Mark Motsinger. Topic is Stone Forts.

July 23, 2024
6:00 pm
July meeting
Upcoming announcement about our July meeting month!! Hint:  This meeting will not be held in the museum...

August 27, 2024
6:00 pm
August meeting
Our speaker will be Krist Thodoropoulos.  Krist will speak about the levee built around Golconda.

Facts and Tips
Pope County was created on 10 December 1816 from Gallatin and Johnson Counties. The first permanent settlement in what became Pope County was the modern-day site of Golconda in 1798.
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In 1913 the Herald -Enterprise carried an announcement that the Golconda Public Library will open its doors. The Golconda Woman's Club had worked to raise funds to purchase the 100 volumes which formed the nucleus of the holdings. The present building was dedicated in 1951. It is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in the history of Pope County or its families.
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The First Presbyterian Church in Golconda is the oldest continuous Presbyterian congregation in the state of Illinois. It was planted by Mather B. Derrow on 24 October 1819. The present building was built in 1869. It has survived three floods, two fires, numerous earthquakes, and even several bolts of lightning.
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