Madison County has many museums and historic homes where area residents and visitors can learn about our history and heritage. These articles provide information on those places that are open to the public.
The influenza pandemic of 1918 killed millions world-wide, and Madison County was not out of reach. In the fall of 1918, nearly 500 Madison County residents died of the flu.
During WW II, area residents were hungry for news of local servicemen. One of the ways they stayed informed was through letters and news stories that dominated local newspapers.
The history of Alton has been influenced by its location on the Mississippi River that made it accessible. The river brought commerce, the first state prison, and some of the earliest railroads in the county.
In the 19th Century Madison County weddings were usually simple affairs with immediate family only, or even elopements. Larger church weddings, inspired by the wedding of Queen Victoria, came later.
Historian Cheryl Eichar Jett shared a few of Madison County’s most sensational crime stories that she has found in the course of her research on Route 66.
For nearly a century, three generations of architects from the Kane family occupied a suite of rooms in Edwardsville’s Bohm Building. Their skill and artistry can be found throughout Madison County.
The Madison County Archival Library at 801 N. Main Street in Edwardsville is a treasure trove of resources for anyone researching Madison County or their family’s genealogy.
Some Madison County residents were known nationally in their time, but few know their names today. Here are stories of Emma Kubicek, Jacob Ammann and Walter Benjamin, all worth remembering.
Surveyor Jeff Pauk and Gary Denue, a long-time collector of surveying instruments here explained how surveyors work and illustrate many of the instruments they used to survey the prairie.
801 N. Main Street
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Madison County Historical Society
P.O. Box 422
Edwardsville IL 62025