Local History



McLean County Histories - Yearbooks - Plat Books - Scrapbooks

So, you are interested in the history of LeRoy and surrounding areas.  Whether you are new to our community, have been a long-time resident, or are just passing through, we have materials that will interest you and bring you to a greater appreciation of the City of LeRoy.  Most of these materials cannot be checked out, but we think you'll find that our library is a cozy and ideal place to remember or learn about the past.

McLean County Histories
The library has a number of "McLean County Histories" by which you can learn about the early days of LeRoy, Bloomington, Normal, and other such communities in McLean County.  Visit our McLean County Genealogy page for a complete list of what we have available.

If you grew up in LeRoy or know anybody who did, you might be interested in our collection of LeRoy High School Yearbooks.  Feel free to come in and reminisce about the good ole' days as you browse through yearbooks Preserving memories as far back as 1916.
(the 1916 yearbook has a list of alumni as far back as the class of 1878).  We have every LeRoy High School Yearbook from 1920 through 2003 except 1986, 1988, and 1991.  If anyone has a yearbook from these years that they would be willing to donate to the library, we would be VERY EXCITED.

Plats and Atlases
Has your family ever owned land in McLean County?  Come in and look at our Plat books and Atlases.  Visit our Plat Book and Atlas Page for more information.

Oak Grove Cemetery
We have the most comprehensive records of Oak Grove Cemetery, LeRoy.


Finally, we have numerous scrapbooks covering different areas of local history.  From the history of the churches in LeRoy to various storms this town has survived, we surely have something that would interest you.  Our scrapbooks have been prepared by the library staff, the historical society, and volunteers from the community.  A list of all our current scrapbooks is below.

Agriculture LeRoy in Pictures - Old and New - 2 volumes
Area Chruches and Cemeteries LeRoy Sesquicentennail in Pictures - 5 volumes
Banks of LeRoy Lincoln Lore
Bicentennial Celebration of LeRoy (pictures) McLean County - 4 volumes
Blacksmith Shops in LeRoy Military
Buckles Grove Sesquicentennail Moraine View State Park - Dawson Lake
Jack Burcham Heart Implant Newspapers of LeRoy
LeRoy Businesses - 4 volumes Old Settlers' Picnics 1885-1915
LeRoy Business District People of LeRoy - 3 volumes
CCC Camp Pictures from the Past - LeRoy, Il
Centennial Farms in LeRoy Area Railroads - Big Four and Punkin Vine
Churches of LeRoy - 4 volumes Restaurants and Grocery Stores of LeRoy
City Hall Revolutionary War - John Tolliday and LeRoy Fair
Clubs and Organizations of LeRoy - 2 volumes The Rike House
Crumbaughh Spiritualist Church and Memorial Library 3 vol. Rucker Chapel
DeWitt County Saybrook Area Obituaries and Marriages
Ellsworth Schools - area country
Ellsworth Nuclear Waste Site Schools of LeRoy - 3 volumes
Entertainment and Recreation of LeRoy LeRoy Sesquicentennial, 1835-1985 (Newspaper clippings and in pictures)
Fires in LeRoy Area Storms in LeRoy Area
The Howard Murders in LeRoy Stumptown
Indians U.S. Constitution Bicentennial, 1787-1987, LeRoy, IL
LeRoy Celebrations - Celebrations of LeRoy
     Blue Grass Festival
     Freedom Fest
Wapella, Il. Centennial, 1854-1954
LeRoy City Park - Kiwanis Park
LeRoy Fall Festival
LeRoy High School Graduates since 1878 - 2 volumes
LeRoy High School Panther Football State Champ. 1996
LeRoy Historical Days
      1986 - Wild West Days
      1988 - Salt Creek
LeRoy History - 4 volumes
LeRoy Homes
Subpages (1): McLean County Genealogy