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Museum Spring/Summer Schedule
May through September
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday
10 am - 2 pm
Sunday 12-4 p.m.
Museum tours available 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
September 10th. At 7 pm
Illinois Coal Museum At Gillespie, 121 S. Macoupin St
Andrea Duncan will present an entertaining tour of Macoupin County on Route 66,
the most famous road in the world.
The museum will open at 6 pm prior to the presentation
Recently at the Museum
Dr. Andreas Pantazatos, Department of Philosophy at the Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage, Durham, UK, recently spent several hours touring our museum. The Durham area was a leader in coal production and home to thousands of former miners. The conversations of the similarities between Coal Country and Durham will be continuing long after Andreas' return home.
Bill Winkelblack stopped by to peruse the 1950's Coliseum posters, including the Will Black Orchestra
The first of 3 waves of the Illinois Route 66 Association Motor tour 2019 viewed the Coliseum Ballroom and The Wickedest City In America. The approximately 50 '66 Road Warriors' enjoyed the presentation by display creator Jim Marcacci and posed many follow up questions. Many of the repeat visitors mentioned their stopping in again on the 2020 Motor Tour to see what other exhibit additions and enhancements we complete.
The Gillespie High School faculty also toured the museum. Along with the preservation of our rich history and the associated educational potential the museum offers, Grow Gillespie and it's focus on retaining our next generation was introduced.
The Gillespie Middle School faculty learned of the rich Coal Country history that the museum offers. Our unique story and place the growth of the nation may soon be add to the curriculum. Touching upon the people an coal industry topics in the science, through social studies and, of course, history classes, Coal Country will be remembered.
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.