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Waterman Area Heritage Society
P. O. Box 265, Waterman, IL 60556


The society meets the second Monday of February, May, August and November at 6:30PM

President - Reid McAllister
Vice Pres. - Ginger (Findlay) Browder
Treasurer - Tabby Nix
Secretary - Mona Hamilton
Membership - Betty Olson


Board members
Betty Clausen
Loren Monsess
Dawn (Boughton) Girka
Patti (Findlay) Blumhorst

Mona Hamilton


About Us

In 1994 several residents interested in having an historical museum for Waterman organized the Waterman Area Heritage Society. A permanent home was found in 1999 when the Society purchased a building at 180 West Lincoln Highway in Waterman.  (See Museum information below.)  Town Clock Timeline is a quarterly newsletter published by the society.

Donations to The Society are always appreciated and can be sent to the address at the top of the page.


Membership Information

The fees of membership are: life, family and individual. 
Life membership is - $100 /  Yearly membership for family - $20 /  Individual - $10.

For membership, contact by mail
Betty Olson
P. O. Box 265
Waterman, IL 60556

Waterman Area Heritage Society Index Project

Our newly computerized and indexed archive information includes schools, businesses, churches, organizations, sports, celebrations, property abstracts, obituaries, family histories and photos.


180 West Lincoln Highway, Waterman, Illinois 60556     Phone: 815-264-3461

Museum Hours are Saturday 1-3PM or by calling 815-264-7717 for an appointment. 


A model replica of the Battleship Parade Float of the 1930's , the USS Illinois and other memorabilia from the Eakle Family of Waterman on loan from the Joey Eakle Clark family.  This model was built to scale by Joey's husband, Jack Clark, in memory of her family.  When Joey passed in 2009, the family loaned it to the Waterman Museum for display where it feels right at home.

A display and memorabilia of former Waterman graduate, Clayton Kirkpatrick, Jr., former Editor of the Chicago Tribune.

Most of the original equipment from John Kitner's Barber Shop including chair, counters and mirror, cash register, as well as many posters. 

Jack Smiley's uniform
and other items from his days at University of Illinois "Whiz Kid" and professional basketball player.

Memorabilia of Duane Swanson, a member of the U.S. Gold Medal Olympic Basketball team in Berlin in 1936.
There is also an area reserved for items from the DeKalb Ag., whose first production plant was in Waterman. 

Phones - We are the only museum in DeKalb County with a telephone display of this magnitude. Phones and artifacts from the early 1900’s to present day. Bill Hinkstan Telephone Pioneer Club and other Waterman area people have donated phones and other telephone related items.

We have the 'Coverlet', a flax-spun blanket made in 1830, by Olive Parkhurst Wilcox, mother of Cynthia Wilcox Greeley, and grandmother to Rose Greeley Phelps. 

Our display cases were partially funded by the DeKalb County Community Foundation.

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