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Thankful for our 2023 Sponsors!

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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 a small portion of the wages 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.

  • Annual Memberships & Sponsorships & regular monthly donations allow us to continuously provide free programs and events for community members to enjoy

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