Hours of Operation: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 9am - 3pm
Contact: Samantha Doolin, Museum Coordinator
124 School Street "Old Town"
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
About Our Museum:
Proven in Glen Carbon’s history is its commitment to education. Residents made sure their children received a good education when they built this former schoolhouse in 1914. Now serving as the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum, the building continues to educate and inform citizens and visitors of Glen Carbon’s rich history.
Before housing the museum, the building was a school, WWII scrap metal collection center, Civil Defense Building, Village Administration offices, Police Station, library, doctors’ offices, and more. On August 25, 2014, this former schoolhouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U.S. Parks Service and the Department of the Interior in Washington D.C., the first to achieve such an honor in Glen Carbon.
The Village of Glen Carbon is proud to share this building with you so it can continue serving residents and visitors for many years to come. Stop by to view the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum’s exhibits and its original hardwood floors and tin ceilings.
Museum Events: Due to the ongoing pandemic, there are no events planned for 2021 at the museum. Any updates will be posted here and on the Village of Glen Carbon Facebook page.
Glen Carbon t-shirts are available for purchase at the museum or at Historic Commission events. The shirts sell for $10.00 and come in adult sizes.
A History of Glen Carbon books are available for purchase at the museum for $10.00.
Yanda Log Cabin
Hours of Operation:
Please check back for updates about the Yanda Log Cabin.
About Our Log Cabin:
The Yanda Log Cabin was built by blacksmith William Yanda in 1853. William (1818-1885) and his wife Anna Zeola (1823-1901) were immigrants from Bohemia, Austria when they and their ten children lived in the cabin. Frank (1846-1912), their oldest son, also became a blacksmith and worked in surrounding towns before moving back to the family home in 1882. He and his wife Anna Benda (1845-1912) raised eleven children in his childhood home. Frank sold the cabin to his son Frank Jr., one of Glen Carbon’s early mayors.
In time, the Village of Glen Carbon purchased the lot and the house. Upon discovering the cabin within the modern home, the Village planned renovations to restore it to its former glory. In 1989, work began and was completed just in time for the Village’s Centennial Celebration in June 1992. The cabin now serves as a satellite addition to the Glen Carbon Heritage Museum and a reminder of the past, a time before Glen Carbon's incorporation.
The Village of Glen Carbon is proud to share this history with you. Stop by to view the inside of the cabin through its new glass doors.
Yanda Log Cabin Events:Due to the ongoing pandemic, there are no events planned for 2021 at the Yanda Log Cabin. Any updates will be posted here and on the Village of Glen Carbon Facebook page.