Belleville Historical Society
The mission of the Belleville Historical Society is to promote awareness and appreciation of the history, customs, artifacts, architecture, and people of the City of Belleville, Illinois. It strives to acquire, manage, and preserve artifacts, documents, and real property significant to Belleville and to encourage preservation of the City's culture, history, and architecture.
For more information on this organization, visit the Belleville Historical Society website.
St. Clair County Historical Society
The mission of the St. Clair County Historical Society is to inspire people by making the vibrant history of St. Clair County tangible, relevant, and meaningful for today’s diverse communities and for future generations to come.
For more information on this society, visit the St. Clair County Historical Society website.
Labor & Industry Museum
Belleville was one of the most significant centers for the growth of Illinois industry, which ranked third in the nation in the late 19th century, contributing significantly to the industrial movement by establishing some of the earliest and largest manufacturing establishments in the burgeoning United States.
Belleville's Labor & Industry Museum is the only public institution devoted to the history of the labor and industry of Belleville and southwestern Illinois. It's mission is to chronicle and interpret the area's rich cultural heritage of labor and industry. The museum is located at 123 N. Church St.
For more information, visit the Labor & Industry Museum website.
Gustave Phillip Koerner
Gustave P. Koerner was part of the first wave of German immigrants to arrive in Belleville in 1833. He became an influential spokesman for immigrants, was the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Illinois, worked with Abraham Lincoln to end slavery, and was appointed Ambassador to Spain by Lincoln in 1862.
Koerner House Restoration
The restoration of Gustave Koerner's home at 200 Abend Street in Belleville will stand as a testament to one of Belleville's most illustrious citizens.