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!

Sheridan Historical Society Museum
2020 Calendar of Events


Our meetings will be held in the Sheridan Historical Society Building unless otherwise noted. 
These meetings are open to the public. Everyone is Welcome!

March-Open by Chance or Appointment. No Meeting.

Saturday, April 4th, 2020-2:00PM  CB&Q Historical Society Presentation on "The Burlington Fox River Branch"

Sheridan Fire Department will be our gathering place. More Details to Follow

NO Other Meeting in April

May 5th, 2020-Business Meeting 6:30PM

We will be collecting "Past Business Photo's" Please share if you have any, we are continuing to work on the updated History Book that will come out in 2022. Please share your photos and History.

June 2, 2020-Meeting at 6:30PM

Display in "Celebration of 100 years of Women's Suffrage"

We will honor local women.

July  4, 2020-"OPEN HOUSE"

Museum will be displaying "Sheridan History and Parade Photo's"

Please let us copy your parade photos from the past.

Museum will be open from 10:00AM-2:00PM

August 4, 2020-Business Meeting 6:30PM

Display will be "Mayflower Items"

Celebrating 400th Anniversary of the Mayflower landing in Plymouth Mass

September-No Meeting

Enjoy the Sandwich Fair

Display of Sandwich Fair Items

October 6, 2020-Meeting 6:30PM

"Family History Month"-Genealogy Class

Bring in your Family History and we will assist!

November-No Meeting Due to Election

November 11, 2020-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. 

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
Visit us on Facebook:  Sheridan Historical Society Museum Illinois

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:
        Al Rucker
        John Morahn
        Jim Bristol
        Betty Morey

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 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.

Village Hall Hours​​

     Temporary Hours-Monday-Friday  7:00AM-3:00PM


Village of

Sheridan​​, IL

"Gateway to the Lower Fox River Dells"