Think you're hot stuff when it comes to history? Curious about what's in our archives? Come down and see this exhibit to discover Will County’s unusual history that will amaze and astound. Test your knowledge of our displayed artifacts for your shot at a one-year membership.
Step in to see an Edwardian era doctor's office. Dr. William Dougall was an officer in the Civil War, and became a doctor in postwar Joliet. He worked for the Illinois and Michigan Canal and State Penitentiary, before opening his own practice out of his home on Union Street in Joliet.
This exhibit focuses on the great changes to Will County from early settlers, the Illinois and Michigan Canal, and the Underground Railroad.
Also, look at the journey that propelled Will County residents westward during the 1849 California Gold Rush
An original Edward Worst loom is the focal point of this exhibit. Worst was a pioneer in the arts and crafts movement, as well as an educator. This loom, in addition to spinning wheels, knitting machines, and a smaller table top loom, are on display.
Many tools haven't changed in form or function from the 1800s until today. See hand tools, railroad lanterns, and many more that were used to build our communities.
Book presses, typewriters, and crank telephones from as far back as the mid-19th century are on display to show the evolution of what machines offices used to conduct business.