Mattreson

United States



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Website: www.vil.matteson.il.us

Matteson Historical Museum

The Matteson Historical Society was founded in 1975 to collect items of significance to Matteson's storied past. The Society now houses it's vast collection in the Matteson Historical Museum for all to enjoy. The mission of the museum is to curate, conserve and provide access to the Society's historical documents and artifacts. From educational programs to a fascinating tourist destination, the museum offers an impressive look at Matteson's past.


Permanent Collection

* Farm Implements: A scythe, and egg crate, a corrnshucker and a milk can...early Matteson was a farming community like thousands of others across the U.S. around 1900.
* Dettmering's Tavern: One of the earliest businesses in Matteson, Dettmering's served as a farmers' hotel and a lunchroom for the locals. See the original mirror and bar from Dettmering's Tavern at MHM.
* Illinois Central Railroad: Remember those wicker seats that snagged nylons during commutes to Chicago? MHM has two of them.
* Household Appliances and Clothing: Outdoor washing tubs and a 1930's wringer washer are on display, and ladies dresses with waists so tiny you won't believe they're real.
* Matteson Businesses: Typewriters and a calculator that stands on it's own legs and wheels are just two of the many pieces of business equipment and promotional items on exhibit at MHM.


Exhibitions

Matteson Volunteer Fire Department: 1894 pumper and hose cart, helmets and uniforms.

Clothing: Early twentieth century women's clothing; military uniforms; firefighter uniforms.

Household equipment

Farm equipment

Business machines

Interior furnishings from Dettmering's Tavern

Seats from early I.C. commuter trains




Cost

Free


Opening hours

Monday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Friday 8:00am - 4:30pm
Saturday 9:00am - 12:00pm


Getting there

From the North

Taking I-90
I-90 to I-57 South
I-57 South exit Vollmer Road East
Head South (Right) on Cicero Avenue (1st stop light)
Cicero Avenue South to Village Commons (Right)
Second Building on the Right

Taking 294
294 South to I-80 West
I-80 West exit I-57 South
I-57 South exit Vollmer Road East
Head South (Right) on Cicero Avenue (1st stop light)
Cicero Avenue South to Village Commons (Right)
Second Building on the Right

From the East
I-80 East exit I-57 South
I-57 South exit Vollmer Road East
Head South (Right) on Cicero Avenue (1st stop light)
Cicero Avenue South to Village Commons (Right)

From the West
I-80 West exit I-57 South
I-57 South exit Vollmer Road East
Head South (Right) on Cicero Avenue (1st stop light)
Cicero Avenue South to Village Commons (Right)
Second Building on the Right



From the South
Taking I-57
I-57 North exit US-30/Lincoln Highway (exit 340)
Keep RIGHT at the fork in the ramp
Merge onto Lincoln Highway heading East to Cicero Avenue
Head North (Left) on Cicero Avenue to Village Commons (Left)
Second Building on the Right Taking I-55
I-55 North exit I-80 East
I-80 East exit I-57 South
I-57 South exit Vollmer Road East
Head South (Right) on Cicero Avenue (1st stop light)
Cicero Avenue South to Village Commons (Right)
Second Building on the Right




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Education

Education: Classroom teachers and homeschoolers are invited to see how museum exhibits can be used as teaching aids. The museum also provides customized educational programs for school groups.