Historical Society


Andover Historical Society

The Andover Historical Society (AHS) was organized in 1967 for the purpose of preserving and maintaining historical buildings, records, lore and memorabilia of the Village and Township of Andover and the County of Henry in Illinois.  It also promotes tourism, and encourages people to enjoy Andover's historical treasures.  The AHS owns two historical buildings - the Andover Historical Museum and the American Woman's League Chapter House (for details about these sites, please click on the "Places to Visit" tab on the left side).  The AHS meets the third Tuesday of April, June, September and November at the American Woman's League Chapter House at 1:30 p.m. 

To become a member, or to make a donation, please list your name, mailing address, and make your check payable to Andover Historical Society, c/o Bonnie Bandelow, Treasurer, 903 17th Ave., Silvis, IL  61282.  The individual annual membership is $10, individual life membership - $50, family annual membership - $20, business annual membership - $25, and business life membership - $250.

Lisa Huntsha has been named part-time curator for the AHS.  She will be working on preservation of historical artifacts, books, records and documents at the two historical buildings; as well as seeking grants to help develop education programs for students of all ages.  She is also the part-time curator for the Jenny Lind Chapel Immigration Museum.  Lisa is the archivist/librarian for the Swenson Swedish Immigration Research Center at Augustana College in Rock Island, IL.  A descendant of Swedish immigrants, she graduated from Augustana in 2010 with a degree in Scandinavian Studies; and went on to get her master's degree in Museum Studies from Syracuse University in 2011.  She is passionate about both preserving the past and helping others connect the past with the present. 

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June 19, 2018 Meeting - American Woman's League Building, 1:30 PM:   everyone is invited to participate in a workday updating inventories at both the Historical Museum and Woman's League Building, as well as sorting documents and records.  A donation consisting of two original New York Times newspapers dated 1861 and 1863, including Lincoln's inaugural address and several events about the Civil War, will be presented.