1912 Exhibit


With such an enormous tragedy playing a central role upon the world’s stage, what was happening here, in Bureau County? We’ll take a look at the photographs and stories that the lives of residents here revolved around the Titanic.

Titanic Historian Peter Cook


Cook has an extensive collection of Titanic books, artifacts, survivor autographs, and even items raised from Titanic. He has traveled to various Titanic locations including Belfast, Ireland to visit the Titanic Museum, the Harland & Wolff Shipbuilding Yard where the ship was built, and Southampton, England, where the ship set sail. Learn more about the final days of this fascinating ship.

Daughters of the American Revolution Exhibit


Don’t miss the Daughters of the American Revolution exhibit at the Clark Norris Home through May 25, Friday and Saturdays, 1:00pm until 5:00pm.

Welcome to the Bureau County History Center

Explore the history of Bureau County with two museums and a research library!

A Bridge For the Ages

We are thrilled to collaborate with the Princeton Area Chamber of Commerce and give everyone an intimate look at our beloved Red Covered Bridge. All photos have been voluntary submitted for publication through our social media platform, Facebook, through electronic mail or other methods for this commemorative publication.

About Us

We operate three museum buildings and a research library on our campus–The Clark Norris Museum, the Newell Bryant Museum and the Sash Stalter Matson Building. Available Resources include: Birth, wedding, anniversary files, family histories, military histories of Bureau County residents, local history books, The  H.W. Immke Photography Collection 1868-1923, Bill Lamb Collection 1937-2013

Tours Available

Reservations for tours are encouraged. Last tour of any weekday starts at 4:00 p.m. Saturday tours are at 2:00 p.m and 4:00 p.m. Please call 815-875-2184 or use our Contact Form for a private tour or research request. Staff is also available to assist you by phone or email.

Become a Member

Benefits of becoming a member include:

  • Free quarterly newsletter
  • Free admission to the museum
  • Advance notice of special programs
  • Invitation to Member only events

Hours of Operation

Museum Summer Hours:
Friday & Saturday-Noon through 5:00pm. Last available tour is at 4:00pm both days.

Business Office Hours:
Tuesday through Friday-Noon through 5:00pm