Glen Carbon Heritage Museum

Step Backward In Time

The original hardwood flooring and tin rooftop of the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum promise a timelessness that can be felt in the air. Experience the rich origins of Glen Carbon in a piece of history made monumental. Generations have passed since this building served as a schoolhouse back in 1914.

Since then it’s been used as a scrap metal collection center during WWII, a blood bank, a civil defense building, village administration offices, local police station, doctor’s offices, teen town, reading room, and finally a library which had one small room as a dedicated museum.

Once the library was relocated the museum spread into the rest of the building where today it serves as a reminder of the blue-collar roots that were the foundation of Glen Carbon. In its archives, you’ll find the story of a village built by coal miners, and railroad workers (Glen Carbon means “Valley of Coal”).

On August 25, 2014, the museum was included in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Parks Service, Department of the Interior in Washington D.C. This is the first official historic building to be named in Glen Carbon!

Only a short distance nearby you can find the Yanda Log Cabin, which is an extension of the Glen Carbon Historical Commission, and currently serves as the museums’ satellite center. This quaint cabin was restored to its original state after being acquired by the Village of Glen Carbon.

Typical hours of operation for Glen Carbon Heritage Museum are Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 9 a.m to 3 p.m, but are currently subject to change.

Step backward in time and experience heritage!

Are you a nature lover and enjoy walks? Enjoy the scenic trails of Greenspace East Park.

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