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Taste of History


Save the Date!

Saturday, October 1, 2022 – 5:00-9:00 p.m.

Tickets on sale September 1st!

Cost:
$40 per person (through Sept 24)
$45 per person (after Sept 24)

Tickets are limited!

Tickets can be purchased at the Hieronymus Mueller Museum (420 West Eldorado Street).

For online ticket orders, email hmuellermuseum@gmail.com.

For more information, call 217-423-6161

The Taste of History event returns this year Saturday, October 1 from 5pm to 9pm. During this event, you’ll explore five of Decatur’s history sites while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuves and drinks at each location. Each venue represents a business industry pioneer and a piece of Decatur history:

  • Culver House – John Culver: owned a monument business and created an electric company that became Ameren Illinois.
  • Governor Oglesby Mansion – Richard Oglesby: US Senator, veteran, and the only three-time Illinois governor.
  • Hieronymus Mueller Museum – Hieronymus Muller: invented the water tapping machine and many water and gas products that are still manufactured.
  • James Millikin Homestead – James Millikin: a banker, who founded Millikin University.
  • Staley Museum – A.E. Staley: operated the largest corn starch manufacturing plant, which became Tate & Lyle, now operated by Primient.

This event is for adults age 21 and up. You may purchase tickets for an early discounted rate of $40/person beginning in September at the Hieronymus Mueller Museum. Tickets may be purchased in-person during the Mueller Museum’s regular open hours (Tuesday-Saturday from 1-4pm), or via email to HMuellerMuseum@gmail.com. Space is limited. Tickets will be $45/person after Saturday, September 24.

The Hieronymus Mueller Museum is located near downtown Decatur, at 420 W. Eldorado Street, Decatur, IL. To get to the museum from Decatur, go north on Route 51 and turn left onto Eldorado Street/U.S. 36. The museum will be on your right. Plenty of free parking is available.

Taste of History is a joint effort between the Culver House, Governor Oglesby Mansion, Hieronymus Mueller Museum, James Millikin Homestead, and Staley Museum. Each venue represents a piece of Decatur’s history dating back to the 1800s. Each venue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Funds raised through this event help keep Decatur’s history alive. Like and follow the newly-launched Taste of History Facebook page for complete details about the event.

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Exciting things are happening for Taste of History Decatur 2022!!! Tickets go on sale September 1st!What's happening here?

Representatives from each venue finalizing plans for Taste of History!

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August 5th, 3:58 pm
Exciting things are happening for Taste of History Decatur 2022!!! Tickets go on sale September 1st!

Good food, great drinks, amazing music! All in beautiful, historic venues located right here in Decatur!

Only 64 Days until Taste of History 2022!

Make sure to Like and Follow Taste of History Decatur so you can be the first to get tickets and info for this exciting event!Good food, great drinks, amazing music! All in beautiful, historic venues located right here in Decatur! Only 64 Days until Taste of History 2022!

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July 29th, 11:01 am
Good food, great drinks, amazing music! All in beautiful, historic venues located right here in Decatur!

Only 64 Days until Taste of History 2022! 

Make sure to Like and Follow Taste of History Decatur so you can be the first to get tickets and info for this exciting event!

The Staley Museum is proud to have welcomed these special visitors to the museum this morning. Decatur Mayor, Julie Moore Wolfe and visiting Mayors from the Illinois Municipal League. The museum thanks you for making the Staley story and local history a part of your visit to Decatur. ... See MoreSee Less

July 22nd, 10:09 am
The Staley Museum is proud to have welcomed these special visitors to the museum this morning. Decatur Mayor, Julie Moore Wolfe and visiting Mayors from the Illinois Municipal League.  The museum thanks you for making the Staley story and local history a part of your visit to Decatur.Image attachment

Who’s this fellow? Why it’s George Chamberlain, General Superintendent of the Staley Company and inventor of the first modern grain dryer!

Like Mr. Staley, Mr. Chamberlain also had a portrait commissioned and hung in the Masonic Temple here in Decatur. Mr. Chamberlain‘s portrait was hung in the temple library where his wife had bequeathed books from his personal collection, considered one of the most complete private collections in the city, after his death. The photo below is of a replica of this portrait that is hung in the museum.

Learn more about Mr. Chamberlain today!
Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays 1pm to 4pm
Admission: $3 Adults, $1 Children
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July 20th, 1:38 pm
Who’s this fellow? Why it’s George Chamberlain, General Superintendent of the Staley Company and inventor of the first modern grain dryer! 

Like Mr. Staley, Mr. Chamberlain also had a portrait commissioned and hung in the Masonic Temple here in Decatur. Mr. Chamberlain‘s portrait was hung in the temple library where his wife had bequeathed books from his personal collection, considered one of the most complete private collections in the city, after his death. The photo below is of a replica of this portrait that is hung in the museum. 

Learn more about Mr. Chamberlain today! 
Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays 1pm to 4pm
Admission: $3 Adults, $1 Children

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July 19th, 1:37 pm
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