The Village of Sheridan was settled as early as 1833 when Robert Rowe and his wife settled on Section 5 and 8 in what is now Mission Township. Prior to this, in 1826 Jesse Walker established a mission at the head of Mission Creek, just three miles from the present town of Sheridan. He became the first white settler in what is now Mission Township. In 1844 Mission Point was established with the vote for a President and Vice-President. Mission Point became known as Rowes Station in 1863, the Rowe farm consisted of three houses. Finally, in the summer of 1869 the village was platted and named Sheridan after General Phillip Sheridan. The village plat was legally filed on July 4, 1870. On June 24, 1872, the town of Sheridan voted forty-five to one to incorporate under the Old Statute of the State of Illinois. On June 29th of that same year, the first election of the Board of Trustees was held. The town seal was adopted: "Town Seal, Sheridan, Illinois. Incorporated, June 29, 1872".
Our Historians Committee:
Jean McNelis - Secretary- Treasurer
Sandy Vahl - President
J.D. Allen - Vice President
Honorary Committee members:
If you have any historic items or information or if you would just like to know more about Sheridan's history, contact Sandy Vahl at email@example.com or @ 815-496-9004. Memberships can be mailed to: Jean McNelis, Treasurer, 2815 N. 4201st Rd., Sheridan, IL 60551.
It is that time of year again when memberships are due. Please fill out the Membership Form and mail it to the address at the bottom of the form. We have some very interesting programs lined up for this year. Be sure to check us out on Facebook.
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Sheridan Historical Society Museum
2017 Calendar of Events
Our meetings will be held in the Sheridan Historical Society Building unless otherwise noted.
These meetings are open to the public.
March – open by chance or appointment. No meeting.
April 4, 2017 – Meeting 6:30pm Business Meeting Only
We will be collecting “Past Business Photo’s” Please share if you have any we are starting to work on the updated History Book that will come out in 2022.
May 2, 2017– Meeting 6:30pm
Garage Sale Fundraiser-TBD with Village Wide Days
We will be displaying Trains and Train History. If you have a train related item, please bring in for our display.
Guest Speaker: TBD
June 6, 2017 – Meeting 6:30pm
Jean McNelis will be sharing what she has researched and archived for the Museum on “Businesses of the Past. Consider loaning or sharing photos for our display of Business Memorabilia
July 4, 2017 – “OPEN HOUSE”
Museum will be displaying “Sheridan History and Parade Photo’s”
Please let us copy your parade photo from the past.
Museum will be open from 10:00-2:00pm
August 1, 2017 – Meeting 6:30pm
Sandy Vahl will share “Glen Park and Sheridan History Presentation”
Consider loaning your item from the past for the month.
September: No Meeting
The Museum will be displaying “Collections”
Consider loaning your collection for our month display
September 24, 2017 – 2:00pm Sheridan Cemetery Walk
October 3, 2017 – Meeting 6:30pm
The Museum will be honoring “Our Fire Department’s 50th Anniversary”
We will be having the Fire Department Staff as our Guest Speakers.
No Meeting Due to Election Day
November 11, 2017 – Museum will be open during the day in honor of Veteran’s Day.
Bring in your Military Photo or American Legion Photo to be copied and returned.
The Museum will be displaying Military and American Legion items during the month of November.
December 5, 2017–Year end Potluck 6:30pm
Christmas Walk – Date to be determined.
January and February 2018 – closed
Museum Building is open on Sunday’s from 1:00pm – 3:00pm, except holidays.
** Genealogy assistance available on Sunday’s by appointment. **
We will be open some Saturday’s by chance or appointment.
All other times by appointment only.
Sheridan Historical Society Museum*185 N. Robinson Street*Sheridan, IL 60551
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Village Hall will be closed 9/14/18 and 9/20/18-9/26/18. Will reopen 9/27/18.
Sheridan Historical Society
185 N Robinson Street
Sheridan, IL 60551
Catch us by appointment or by chance. We are proud of our new facility, please stop by and see us when we are there!