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The mission of the Pike County Historical Society is to create an enduring collective and living memory of what Pike County has been in the past. By maintaining a museum and sponsoring programs, we seek to promote, collect, record, and share with the general public all evidence, artifacts, records, books, pictures, and any other item which is part of our rich heritage. We strive to see that history pulls its weight in creating the character of the community.

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There is still time to submit your family histories!

The Pike County Historical Society, in conjunction with Acclaim Press, is requesting brief family histories along with a photograph of Pike Countians for a new book that will be published. You don't have to order the book to contribute your family history. The more families that submit their stories, the better the book will be. Click the button on the right to read how you can contribute, or email us at info@pikecoilhistory.org

Keeping Pike County History Alive

The mission of the Pike County Historical Society is to preserve and share the history of Pike County, Illinois. We welcome you to our website, and encourage you to become a member of the Society.

Fifty years of service

The PCHS was formed in 1960, and met regularly to present local history programs for the public. In 1978, the Historic East School was rededicated after it was renovated to become the permanent home of the PCHS.

The Historic East School

The Historic East School is 51st on the National Register of Historic Places and houses the PCHS Museum on the first floor. John Mills Van Osdel, considered the grandfather of Illinois architecture, was the architect. Constructed between 1863 and 1866, the building, with its grandeur, served grades one through 12 for several years and was used by the lower grades continuously through 1954 to 1955 as classrooms.

Historic East School