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Tours and School Trips


Museum Tours

Tours of the Doctor Small Home and the Taylor One-Room Schoolhouse are available upon request during your visit to the museum campus. If your group consists of more than five people, we ask that you call ahead to book a tour with our staff. Any questions regarding tours can be emailed to

School Trips

Classes can take a teacher-guided tour throughout the Kankakee County Museum and gardens. Instructors may teach their own history lesson in the Taylor One-Room Schoolhouse. Interpretive tours by the museum staff are available upon request. Please contact us to schedule a trip!


Whether you need information on the factory where your grandfather worked, the name of a family that lived at a particular address in 1947, help with a school report, or a photo of a Kankakee landmark to display in your home or office, our researchers stand ready to help. Email or call to make an appointment with our Research Coordinator, Jorie Walters.

Appointments Are Encouraged!

Research Fees

$15.00 up to 2 hours; 3+ hours $10.00/hour

Please note that research is free to museum members.

Copy Prices

  • $10.00 Photo Reprints
  • $.50 per Page for Black/White Photocopy
  • $1.00 Each for Scanned Photos
  • $5.00 Flash Drive Available in Museum Office

Support & Donate


Give a Gift and Make a Difference

Membership dues and donations are helpful in preserving Kankakee County history. We receive a small amount of tax money from the Kankakee Valley Park District, which pays for the wages of 1 1/2 of our six staff members—the rest is up to us.

We sit on KVPD land and have a wonderful museum campus. Our team is growing due to our volunteer help and innovative ideas to raise funds. Without your support, we could not preserve the county’s history.

Preserving Kankakee County History Since 1906

There are always new opportunities to explore, learn, reflect, and have fun. Your gift can help visitors of all ages explore and discover the county's rich history. Gift descriptions below are examples of the types of projects your gift might support. They can be designated for any specific purpose. Note: charitable gifts are tax deductible.

Gift Descriptions

  • A “$100 for History” donation helps support the creation, revitalizing, and preserving of our exhibits. Your name will be displayed on the “Hundred for History” wall in the Museum.
  • A $500 donation will help in maintaining the physical structure of the museum through roof patching, floor covering, utilities, and general upkeep of the museum. Your name will be displayed on the marble donation wall in the museum.
  • A $1,000 gift can be directed for use to a specific building you're interested in helping to preserve, such as the Taylor One-Room Schoolhouse, Dr. A. L. Small Memorial Home, and French Heritage Museum.
  • A $1,500 donation may be used for preservation in the form of software updates and computers, acid-free boxes for storage, shelving for warehousing, and other needed items.

Making a memorial donation of any size to the Kankakee County Historical Society is a great way to honor someone in the community. Donating a portion of your estate to a nonprofit organization, such as the Kankakee County Historical Society, can be a way to leave a legacy and support an organization that has special meaning to you.

If you are in the process of completing or updating your estate documents, please consider making a bequest to the Kankakee County Historical Society.


Individual and Family Membership

  • Free Admission
  • Free Research
  • 10% Discount in the Museum Store
  • Discount on Reserving the Museum for Weddings/Events
  • Invitations to Society Events
  • Participation in Society Elections
  • Opportunity to Serve on Society Board, Auxiliary Board, and Committees

Annual Individual

Annual Family


Business and Professional Membership

  • Free Admission (Up to 6 People)
  • 10% Discount in the Museum Store
  • Free Research
  • Discount on Reserving the Museum for Weddings/Events
  • Invitations to Society Events
  • Six Gallery of Trees Reservations
  • Participation in Society Elections
  • Business Card Ad on Museum Website



Centennial Room Rental

  • Available for Small Events
  • $100 Donation per Hour ($75 Donation per Hour for Members)
  • All Events Are Scheduled During Regular Museum Hours

Types of Events:

  • Showers
  • Birthdays
  • Lectures
  • Group Meetings

Column Garden Rental

  • $400 Donation for a Wedding ($350 Donation for Members)
  • $200 Deposit Holds the Date (Part of the $400)

Please note that electricity, bathrooms, facilities, and museum staff all included. However, chairs, tents, and sound equipment are not provided. There is a maximum capacity of 75 people. No decorations allowed on columns.

Available Time Slots

Call the museum for availability.

Additional Spaces Available

  • $100 Meeting Room
  • $100 Taylor One-Room Schoolhouse
spring garden
garden rental