Heritage Museum


Hours of Operation:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
May - August
9:00 am - 3:00 pm


124 School Street "Old Town"
Glen Carbon, IL 62034

Contact the Museum:

Please contact Linda Sinco, Museum Coordinator
at (618) 288-7271 or lsinco@glen-carbon.il.us for more information or to schedule a visit.

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About Our Museum:
One thing recorded history tells us, is that the towns’ people wanted to make sure that their children were given a good education so that one day they would make their mark on the world. This building began its humble beginnings in 1914 as a school house to educate the youth of Glen Carbon and continues to educate visitors on Glen Carbon’s rich history today.

In its past, it has served as a School, WWII Scrap Metal collection center, Blood Bank, Civil Defense Building, Village Administration offices, Police Station, Doctor’s offices, Teen Town, the Reading Room and then Library, with a small museum in one room. On August 25, 2014 the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U. S. Parks Service/Department of the Interior in Washington D.C., making this building the first of its kind in the Village of Glen Carbon.

The Glen Carbon Heritage Museum that currently resides in this vintage school house is pleased to share this building with you, complete with the original hard wood floors and tin ceilings that made this fine building a legacy to the community. The Village of Glen Carbon is honored that the building can continue to serve residents and visitors for years to come.

Museum Events:

May 19th @ 2:00 pm.  The Glen Carbon Museum and Historic Commission will bury the Quasquicentennial Time Capsule near the entrance to Miners Park, at Main Street and Collinsville Rd.

June 2nd @ 2:00 pm.  A presentation will be held at Yanda Log Cabin by the National Society of the Colonial Dames XVII Century.  The Cabin will be open for touring and refreshments.

June 9th & 10th from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.  The Annual Blue Carpet Event "Miners, Mobsters and the Mother Road".  On Saturday, "George Portz and his Friends of Blue Grass" will perform at the Museum pavilion from 1-4 pm.  Take a selfie with a Route 66 sign.  Sunday, the Museum is open as a passport stop only.  For more information on this salute to Route 66, check bluecarpetcorridor.org.

June 15th & 16th - A "Glance at the Past" during Homecoming weekend, the Glen Carbon Museum and Historic Commission will have several posters on display, along Main Street, showing old photos and infomation.

July 11th - The Museum will host and Escape Room in conjunction with the Library Summer Reading program.  Please make your reservation with the Library.

Yanda Log Cabin

 Yanda Log Cabin


148 Main Street, "Old Town"
Glen Carbon, IL  62034


Linda Sinco, Museum Coordinator
lsinco@glen-carbon.il.us or (618) 288-7271

Hours:  Fourth Saturday of each Month May - August

About Our Log Cabin
The Yanda Log Cabin is believed to have been built by blacksmith William Yanda in 1853. William Yanda (1818-1885) and his wife Anna Zeola (1823-1901) were immigrants from Bohemia, Austria, they and their ten children lived in the cabin. Frank (1846-1912), their oldest son also became a blacksmith. He practiced his craft in other towns in the area and eventually moved back to the “home place” in 1882 with his wife Anna Benda (1845-1912). Frank and Anna raised eleven children in the cabin. Frank sold the cabin to his son Frank Jr. (one of the early mayors of the Village of Glen Carbon. Frank Jr. did not have any children.

Eventually the Village of Glen Carbon bought the lot with the existing house which had been built around the cabin. Upon discovering the cabin lying beneath a more modern home, renovation work began in 1989 and was concluded just in time for the Village’s Centennial Celebration in June 1992. The cabin now serves as both a satellite addition to our museum and as a reminder of the past, even before Glen Carbon came into being.

Yanda Log Cabin Events: