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Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum

119 West Comanche

Shabbona, IL  60550








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Images of America

Around Shabbona

From the extensive collection of photographs at the Museum, and with the help of area Museum supporters, Board President, Nancy Pardridge, has compiled and published a new book called 'Images of America Around Shabbona'.  It contains pictures from Shabbona, Lee, Rollo, Shabbona Grove and the rural area that makes up the old 425 School District.   The book is priced at $22 and will be sold through the Museum, Barnes & Noble and


Images of America, Around Shabbona





Shabbona Grove, Illinois

A Step Back In Time

Alice Lintereur, Research Volunteer at the SLR Museum, has published a book on Shabbona Grove, IL.  This small settlement, originally called home by Chief Shabbona,  holds a long and colorful history. Using information found at the museum as well as personal interviews, Alice has put together a collection of stories, newspaper articles and photos that document Shabbona Grove.  The price for the publication is $20.00.

Shabbona Grove, Illinois

 A Step Back In Time


The proceeds from both publications will benefit the Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum.


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.


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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




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

2015 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