Heritage Museum

Glen Carbon Heritage Museum exterior

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Built in 1914, the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum encapsulates almost the entirety of Glen Carbon's history. Some residents remember this building as the schoolhouse with the fire escape slide that they would sneak into after hours. Others know it as the Village administration offices and police department holding meetings and prisoners. Many remember this building as the library with bookshelves lining the hallways. 

In 2014, the building's 100-year anniversary, this former schoolhouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, the first to achieve such an honor in Glen Carbon. The Village of Glen Carbon is proud to share this building with you so it can continue serving residents and visitors for many years to come. Stop by to view the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum’s exhibits, original hardwood floors and tin ceilings, and the window where the fire escape slide sat.

Museum Events:

Cabin Day at the Yanda Log Cabin 

This is a pioneer themed event with educational programs, music, food, and more! Stop by to see a blacksmith at work using similar methods to those used in the 19th century. Listen as musicians play music on a traditional dulcimer. Learn about food processing, sewing and embroidery, and rope making.
Saturday, October 1, 2022 from 10AM-3PM
Yanda Log Cabin, 148 S. Main St. Glen Carbon, IL 62034 

This event is free and open to the public, though optional donations will be accepted at the cabin.


Ghosts of Glen: A Haunted History Walking Tour of Old Town 

The Heritage Museum is partnering with the Glen Carbon Centennial Library for the inaugural Ghosts of Glen” Haunted History Walking Tour of Old Town. Get ready to hear stories from our experts about Village history that will make you *gasp* and send chills up your spine. Tickets are $25 per person and go on sale September 2nd at 7:00am. All proceeds benefit the Heritage Museum and Yanda Log Cabin. The tour will depart from the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum at 7:00pm. Be prepared to travel up and down the hills of Old Town with some stops in front of Glen Carbon’s historic buildings and ghost hunting inside special locations. You will encounter stairs, hills, and scares on this tour!
Saturday, October 14, 2022 from 7PM-10PM
Glen Carbon Heritage Museum, 124 School St. Glen Carbon, IL 62034

Check the library calendar or call the museum for more information.

Santa at the Cabin

Stop in at the Yanda Log Cabin to visit with Santa and give him your Christmas list! Snack on milk and cookies and get your picture with Santa for a non-perishable donation to the Glen-Ed Pantry.
Sunday, October 1, 2022 from 2PM-5PM
Yanda Log Cabin, 148 S. Main St. Glen Carbon, IL 62034 

This event is free and open to the public, though non-perishable donations will be collected at the door.
Email Samantha Doolin or call 618-288-7271 for more information.

Check the Village of Glen Carbon's Facebook Page and Calendar for information about upcoming events.

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