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Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum

119 West Comanche

Shabbona, IL  60550






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Welcome to the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum web site.  The museum had its beginning several years ago when a small group of people interested in local history and preserving the area's past, began meeting regularly.  From this organization a museum was created.

The idea was to encompass the old school district #425, which included the towns of Shabbona, Shabbona Grove, Lee, Rollo and the surrounding area.  Since this area includes DeKalb County and parts of Lee and LaSalle Counties, the collection of historical information spans a large area.

The museum opened its doors to the public in September, 1992 and is located in the old bank building on Highway 30 in Shabbona, Illinois.  The main floor includes a large exhibit area, while the research information and library are found upstairs.  Our growing collection of records include obituaries, cemetery books, marriage information, census records (microfilm), Shabbona newspapers (hard copies and microfilm), biographies, abstracts, church, school, military records and more.

The museum is open from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays and from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. on Saturdays.  Admission is free.



NEW!!  We now have a new website, check it out!!  


After considering the cost of a new microfilm machine, we decided to go digital with our microfilmed newspapers.  The cost is about half of what a machine would cost and it would have the capability of searching by name and date or browsing through a specific issue.  We are still asking for donations to cover this expense.  It will be well worth the cost.    Thirty seven rolls of microfilm have been digitized, which includes copies of the Shabbona newspapers from 1917 - 1960 and the  Paw Paw newspapers from 1874 - 1959.  Of course when dealing with old records, there are a few missing issues.  A link to the newspaper web page is found to on the left side of this page under Digital News.  Enjoy!



Ongoing Projects: 

  • Update Obituaries, Marriages and Biographies

  • Index relevant books

  • Updating house books of Shabbona

  • Scan identified photos to the Photo Kiosk

  • Photograph the headstones in local cemeteries and log gravesites

  • Index abstracts

  • Update the database for high school classmates

  • Research houses in Lee, Rollo and Shabbona Grove

  • Index local newspapers

Volunteers Welcomed




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 Museum memberships run from January 1st through December 31st.  A quarterly newsletter is included with membership.

 Membership Fees


$   15


$   35

Individual Life

$  250



Board of Directors


Nancy Pardridge President
Phyllis Barshinger Vice-President
Sue Rood Secretary
Dave George Treasurer


Pat Herrmann Deb Davey
Robert Carlson Buddy Forrer
Jim Cox Ellen Kupecz