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The membership year is April 1st through March 31st, although you can become a member at any time.  Historical Society members receive free admission to the Museum, our Museum Times newsletter, a 10% discount in the Gift Shop and special invitations to Members-Only events.

There are seven levels of membership:

Student $10

Individual $25

Family $35

Tutty $50

Addams $100

Krape $150

Lincoln $250

Taylor $500

To become a member, print out this form, fill it out and return it with a check made out to "Stephenson County Historical Society." We accept Visa® and Master Card® for membership fees.


The Stephenson County Historical Society Museum is funded in part by the Freeport Park District.  We are grateful for the Park District's support in our building maintenance and arboretum upkeep.

The Historical Society is financially responsible for our operational costs, staff payroll, exhibit expense, special events and collection maintenance.  We receive income for our expenses through membership fees, donations, gift shop sales, admission fees and special fund raisers.

Thank you for your support!



There is no shortage of work to be done to improve and maintain the Stephenson County Historical Society and Museums.  Whether you'd like to donate an hour a year or an hour a week, your help will be very much appreciated.  Please take a look through the list and see what suits your fancy!

Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities:

·         Taylor Gardeners tend to the heritage gardens on the Historical Society grounds.  They weed, plant, move and care for a variety of flowers, herbs, plants and trees.  The Taylor Gardeners generally work each Thursday mornings in the spring, summer and fall, but work can be done anytime to suit your own schedule.  

·         Tour Guides provide tours to visitors for school groups, special events and on regular open days.  Training is provided and volunteers can choose to guide visitors through the Taylor House, Log Cabin, School House, Farm Museum or all of the buildings.  We tend to have most school tours in the spring and fall, with adult tours throughout the year. 

·         Accessioning can be done on your own schedule.  Volunteers log items in the collection noting a brief description, their location and condition.