Museum Holiday/Winter Schedule
November through February
Museum tours by appointment
We will attempt to accommodate travelers, family groups home for the holidays.
Also, during this period, the "OPEN" sign will be out on the days
that we are in the building working on the displays.
Please text 833.228.8603, or email to schedule a visit.
121 S Macoupin St Gillespie, IL 62033
Recently at the Museum
The 'Suitcase Charlie' update generated enough interest and comments to be able to develop an interesting display.
Let's try again!
The museum has acquired the Doctor's Bag and 'pharmacy' used by doctor E. R. Hobson. Please send stories and comments . Also, where may we find/obtain pill vials?
The Coal Museum, Coal Country , and I have lost a wonderful friend. The passing of Chuck Voyles will leave sadness and a void that will not be filled, but his legacy, his memorabilia and stories are displayed throughout the museum. Although I will miss you, every museum visitor will know of you.
'Suitcase Charlie' was a traveler of the rails who made frequent visits to Gillespie. Over 50 years ago, just before his passing, Charlie gave his suitcase to Jerry Dolliger, who has passed it on the the museum. Please send us any memories and 'Suitcase Charlie' stories to help in making another very interesting display.
Don't like local history or
not a fan of fossil fuels?
Stop by the museum for
a cup of coffee anyway!
The museum has received two generous donations
Several years ago Adam Tallman, the Farmers Insurance agent in Gillespie, started a charity golf tournament and through his efforts, thousands of dollars have been awarded to local organizations. This year the Coal Museum is a grateful recipient - Thank You Adam!
On a sad note, the Kenneth E. Donaldson VFW Post 4547 of Gillespie informed the museum of their final meeting. In keeping with the tradition of service to their community, the Post has made their final donations and has included the museum. When visiting the Coal Museum, please spend a few minutes at our VFW display and recall some of the memories made over 70 years of dedication and service.