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August 8, 2006 - New Surnames Added

July 16, 2006 - New Biography Added

July 16, 2006 - Surname Page Updated

June 21, 2006 - 1 New Obituary Added

June 2, 2006 - 1 New Obituary Added

May 25, 2006 - 2 New Obituaries Added

May 25, 2006 - 1 New Photo Added

March 31, 2006 - 3 New Obituaries Added

March 31 2006 - 2 New Surnames Added

March 5, 2006 - New Link Added

January 24, 2006-Link to McLean County Genealogical Society Added

January 13, 2006-Website Design and Organization Updates

Past Updates

Lena Historical Society

The General Store, Turn of the Century Summer Kitchen, Caboose, Log School House

The Lena Area Historical Society was organized in 1981. The museum building was built and occupied in 1986 and contains local memorabilia. In 1987 the first log school house was dismantled and moved to the museum site and reconstructed by a group of volunteers. It has been furnished as it probably was when built, in 1849 by Samuel F Dodds in his orchard. At the same time an old building was moved to the site and converted into an old time blacksmith shop. In 1989 an Illinois Central Caboose was purchased and moved to the site and is now being furnished with railroad memorabilia. In 1996 a summer kitchen was moved to the site and has been furnished with items of the day.


Monthly meetings are held the third Wednesday evening at the museum. There is always a program about the past. Museum is open weekends May-Sept 1-4 and by appointment other times. 815-369-4555

Membership Dues

Yearly dues are $5.00 due each March.

Current officers are President, Bill Engel, VP, Melvin Polhill, Sec, Donna Albrecht, Treasurer, Shirley Wennerstrom.

Contact person Gary Price,

Books for sale

Illustrated Freeport 1896, Reprint. Hardbound with every name and place indexed. $45 plus $4 postage.

Kent for a Century and a Quarter 1827-1852 by Philip L. Keister. Reprint. Hardbound with Surname index. $37.50 plus $4.50 postage.

1880 Stephenson County History by Tilden. $40.00 plus $4.00 postage.

Also available: Lena postcards!

Genealogy Requests

Genealogy inquiries may be addressed to the Society at Lena Area Historical Society, P.O. Box 620, Lena, IL 61048-0620

© 1998 - 2005 Lena Historical Society


Website Last Updated August 8, 2006

Stephenson County Coordinator: Available for Adoption

 Former County Coordinators: 2003-2005, Deb Haines; 2001-2003, Katherine K. Hebenstreit; 1996-2000, Julie Wirgau.

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