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The Belleville Historical Society

Belleville, Illinois ~ Founded 1814

The mission of the Belleville Historical Society is to promote awareness and appreciation of the history, customs, artifacts, architecture and people of the city of Belleville, Illinois. It strives to acquire, manage and preserve artifacts, documents and real property significant to Belleville and encourage preservation of the city's culture, history and architecture.

Membership & Donations

Interested in becoming a member or donating an item of historical significance? Your contributions will help us preserve Belleville's history.

Buy the 2014 "Belleville Firsts" fundraiser calendar »
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Give to our endangered history fund »

Old Hotel Belleville / Meredith Home

A product of Belleville's perseverance during the Great Depression, and one of the City's few remaining examples of Art-Deco architecture, the Old Hotel Belleville (most recently known as the Meredith Home) stands just south of the square in downtown Belleville.

The City of Belleville is cooperating with us and other groups to find a developer and prevent its demolition.
Developer information »
Help us save the Meredith Home »

Show Pride in Belleville’s Brewing History!

In 2010 the historical society purchased the former Garfield's Tavern to use as a museum celebrating Belleville's brewing history.

Now you can help us fill the museum! We have a chance to purchase a large collection of Belleville brewing memorabilia for $3,500 - a generous price for an extensive collection. But we need your help!
Learn how you can help us stock the museum »