Thankful for our 2022 Sponsors!


Support & Donate

Give a Gift and Make a Difference

Membership dues and donations are helpful in preserving Kankakee County history. We receive a small amount of tax money from the Kankakee Valley Park District, which pays for the wages of 1 1/2 of our six staff members—the rest is up to us.

We sit on KVPD land and have a wonderful museum campus. Our team is growing due to our volunteer help and innovative ideas to raise funds. Without your support, we could not preserve the county’s history.


Preserving Kankakee County History Since 1906

There are always new opportunities to explore, learn, reflect, and have fun. Your gift can help visitors of all ages explore and discover the county's rich history. Gift descriptions below are examples of the types of projects your gift might support. They can be designated for any specific purpose. Note: charitable gifts are tax deductible.

Making a memorial donation of any size to the Kankakee County Historical Society is a great way to honor someone in the community. Donating a portion of your estate to a nonprofit organization, such as the Kankakee County Historical Society, can be a way to leave a legacy and support an organization that has special meaning to you.

If you are in the process of completing or updating your estate documents, please consider making a bequest to the Kankakee County Historical Society.

Gift Descriptions

  • A “$100 for History” donation helps support the creation, revitalizing, and preserving of our exhibits. Your name will be displayed on the “Hundred for History” wall in the Museum.

  • A $500 donation will help in maintaining the physical structure of the museum through roof patching, floor covering, utilities, and general upkeep of the museum. Your name will be displayed on the marble donation wall in the museum.

  • A $1,000 gift can be directed for use to a specific building you're interested in helping to preserve, such as the Taylor One-Room Schoolhouse, Dr. A. L. Small Memorial Home, and French Heritage Museum.

  • A $1,500 donation may be used for preservation in the form of software updates and computers, acid-free boxes for storage, shelving for warehousing, and other needed items.


Sponsorship & Membership Options

  • Monthly Giving

    Every month
    • Help preserve history with as little as $5 a month!
  • Hundred for History

    Support exhibit creation, revitalization, and preservation!
    Valid for one year
    • Name displayed on the “Hundred for History” wall!
  • Collections

    Valid for one year
    • Collections preservation sponsor
  • Historic Buildings

    Valid for one year
    • Historic buildings preservation sponsor
  • General Preservation

    Valid for one year
    • General needs preservation sponsor
  • Annual Individual

    Every year
    • 1-year individual membership
  • Annual Family

    Every year
    • 1-year family membership
  • Business

    Every year
    • 1-year business membership
  • Lifetime

    • Lifetime Membership

Membership & Volunteer Opportunities

Become a Museum Insider by joining us TODAY in our mission to collect, exhibit and interpret the material culture of Kankakee County.

Individual and Family

  • Newsletter Updates

  • Free Admission

  • Free Research

  • 10% Discount in the Museum Store

  • Discount on Reserving the Museum for Weddings/Events

  • Invitations to Society Events

  • Participation in Society Elections

  • Opportunity to Serve on Society Board, Auxiliary Board, and Committees


Business and Professional

  • Newsletter Updates

  • Free Admission (Up to 6 People)

  • 10% Discount in the Museum Store

  • Free Research

  • Discount on Reserving the Museum for Weddings/Events

  • Invitations to Society Events

  • Six Gallery of Trees Reservations

  • Participation in Society Elections

  • Business Card Ad on Museum Website


Thank you to those who purchased memorial benches!
The Eads Family
The Chandler Family
Kankakee High School Class of 1966
The Massullo Family