Bringing The Past to You A museum featuring a one-room schoolhouse and thousands of artifacts

Come visit the past

Learn About the Past

The Mercer County Historical Society in Aledo, IL, manages the Essley-Noble Museum, which was open to the public in 1959 and is named for the parents of E. L. Essley, who donated the money to build the museum. At the museum is a one-room schoolhouse moved to the site in 1965 and a separate building housing farm machinery, wagons, and tools. Within the original museum are thousands of artifacts and displays designed to help present generations understand and appreciate their own history.

In addition to operating the museum, the Mercer County Historical Society demonstrates old crafts for school tours in May, participates in Rhubarb Fest in June, has a booth at the county fair in July, and demonstrates tools for Antique Days.

Mercer County Board of Directors

  • Curator: Shannon Boynton 
  • President: Ronn Dillavou
  • Vice-President: Beverly Gray
  • Treasurer: Rex Johnson
  • Secretary/Newsletter Editor: Donna Gresch
  • Bill Bertrand
  • Hugh Brown
  • Susan DeBlock
  • Taylor Finch-McVay
  • Dave Frieden
  • Paul Hampton
  • Jim Holmes
  • Lois Retherford
  • Scott Petrie
  • Judy Redlinger
  • Jon Swanson

Corporate Sponsors & Members

Thank you to our Corporate Sponsors for investing in The Mercer County Historical Society & Essley-Noble Museum! 

  • Aledo Lodge 
  • Bank Orion
  • Blackhawk Bank and Trust
  • Blick and Blick
  • Brads Collision Service
  • Bredburg Attorney
  • Compeer Financial
  • Country Financial
  • Dennison Funeral Home 
  • Edward Jones
  • Farmers & Merchants Bank
  • Farmers State Bank
  • First Community Bank
  • Fippinger Funeral Home
  • Ford and Maynard Insurance
  • Gray Machine and Welding
  • Hamlet Mutual Insurance
  • Loving Plumbing & Heating
  • Mercer County Farm Bureau
  • Mercer County Family Eye Care
  • Midwest Bank of Western Illinois
  • Loving Capital Management
  • Riddell Roofing Inc.
  • Ruhl & Ruhl
  • Speer Funeral Home
  • WRMJ

Membership Fees & Benefits

One year Membership: $20.00 Annually (January through December) 

  • 4 quarterly newsletters 
  • Discount on certain publications for sale
  • Genealogy resources free for 1st hour then $15/hour

Life Membership: $300.00 one time purchase

  • 4 quarterly newsletters
  • Discount on all publications for sale
  • Genealogy resources free 

Business Membership: $100 Annually (January through December) 

  • 4 quarterly newsletters
  • Name on our website 

Sponsor newsletter: $200/per slot

  • Sponsorships are usually once every 4-5 years but can be more frequently if you desire
  • Name/Logo listed on the newsletter that goes out to over 300 members across the United States
  • Thank you on our website