We are happy to share any information that we have in our museum about the city of Kewanee or village of Wethersfield, their people and organizations. You can make your request by mail, phone or email. Our address is 211 N. Chestnut, Kewanee IL 61443. Our phone number is  309-854-9701. Our email address is

Materials that might be of interest to researchers include:

  • 1 - City directories beginning in 1876 and including the years of 1893, 1898, 1900, 1905, 1911, and many others from that point.
  • 2 - Cemetery indexes compiled by the Henry County Genealogical Society of all Kewanee cemeteries.
  • 3 - Scrapbooks containing a great many obituaries.
  • 4 - Scrapbooks containing documents of various kinds on churches, schools, businesses, industries, fraternal and social clubs and individuals.
  • 5 - Kewanee High School yearbooks beginning in 1904 and Wethersfield High School yearbooks beginning in 1947.
  • 6 - All of the published histories of Henry County, Kewanee or Wethersfield.
  • 7 - Atlases showing Kewanee and Wethersfield in 1876, 1893, 1911, 1918 and later.
  • 8 - And much more.

Please note that ALL research is done by VOLUNTEERS, as our not-for-profit society does not have any paid staff. We do not have set fees for doing research, but we expect a reasonable donation based on the amount of time spent on a request.

One last note-we do not do general genealogical searches that might involve censuses or visiting the county courthouse for vital statistics. For general searches we can recommend the Henry County Genealogical Society and Henry County Courthouse. (See the "Links" page). We limit our efforts to the material that we have in our museum and looking at microfilm of Kewanee newspapers.

Additional information and photographs are available when you visit the Kewanee Historical Museum

As always, if you have old photographs, stories or documents you wish to share
 with the Historical Society we would be greatly appreciated.

Email us here  or call us at 1-309-854-9701

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