Jo Daviess County
Libraries & Associations

Galena Public Library District & Historic Collection
601 S. Bench Street
Galena, IL   61036
(815) 777-0200


The  Galena Public Library and Reading Room was established by Mr. Benjamin Franklin Felt in 1894.  Formally opening on January 3, 1895, it first occupied two rooms on the second floor of the Galena Post Office Building.   In 1906, funds from the Felt Estate were used to purchase the present site of the Library.  The cornerstone was laid April 27, 1907.

Local History   Alfred Mueller Historical Collections Room.  Genealogy resources.  Local newspapers on microfilm and bound copies from 1834: records of births, deaths, burials, marriages:  ledgers, maps and more.   Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday  3-5 P.M., Wednesday 3-8 P.M., Saturday 12-4 P.M.

Galena/JoDaviess County Historical Society and Museum
211 South Bench Street
Galena, Illinois   61036
(815) 777-9129

The Miner's Journal is published quarterly by the Historical Society

Membership Services


Members of the Historical Society are admitted free to the History Museum and Old General Store and special programs held throughout the year.  Members also receive our award-winning quarterly newsletter, The Miners' Journal, and discounts in the Museum Gift Shop.

Become a member of the Galena/JoDaviess County Historical society & Museum and participate in our programs. We are solely supported by membership fees, admissions, grants and gift ship revenues.

Annual membership fees:   Single:  $15.00;  Family:  $25.00; Seniors: $12.00.

Stockton Township Public Library
140 W. Benton Street
Stockton, IL  61085
(815) 947-2030

Library Hours:
Monday & Wednesday: 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Closed on Sunday and major holidays

The Stockton Township Public Library houses the

The Heritage League of Northwestern Illinois inherited Robert Hansen's collection of genealogical materials. This collection is a treasure of genealogical information. They have also been the beneficiaries of many estates and as a result have a large collection of photos, letters, documents, memorabilia, etc. If you are researching eastern Jo Daviess County, you simply must stop into the Stockton Public Library and visit the Heritage League collection.

If you cannot make a personal visit, a search will be done "when time is available."  Please send a written request to the above address along with a S.A.S.E.  If information is found, the cost for photo copies will be ten cents per page.

Donations are welcome!

East Dubuque Public Library
301 Sinsinawa Ave
East Dubuque, IL  61025

Elizabeth Township Library
210 Myrtle Street
Elizabeth, IL  61028
(815) 858-2212

Hanover Township Library
204 Jefferson
Hanover, IL  61041
(815) 591-3517

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