Hours of Operation: At this time hours are by appointment only.
Please call 618-288-1200 to arrange an appointment.
124 School Street "Old Town"
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
Contact the Museum:
At (618) 288-7271
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: July 28, 31 and Aug. 2 - The Museum will join Illinois Tourism in a Kid Cation Event, where families are encouraged to spend those last days of summer enjoying near by activities. Check out the Museums History Detective Program!
August 4, 2018 @ 2:00 P.M. - Acme Sign Dedication, at the Acme School Park, locate at the corner of Glen Crossing Road and Bollinger Street just off of Highway 159.
Sept. 22 - Both the Museum and Cabin will be open in participation with the Smithsonian Museum Day Live! This annual effort encourages folks to visit Museums free of charge.
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. This years color is a heather green with green lettering.
Yanda Log Cabin
148 Main Street, "Old Town"
Glen Carbon, IL 62034
Hours: By appointment only.
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:
October 6, 2018 from 10A.M. - 3P.M. - Yanda Log Cabin Day, This free family fun event will have interactive demonstrations with period craftsman. Blacksmith, Mike Lanham will demonstrate forging. Mike was born and raised in Alton and learned blacksmithing while attending SIUE. He is know for demonstrations at Rendezvous and Schools. You can also learn about woodworking, sewing, corn grinding, and enjoying old time music by Nancy Lippincott and Charles Pool. There will be a food both and Glen Carbon t-shirts for sale.
October 30, 2018 from 5-8P.M. - Trick or Treat at the Cabin, This annual event brings out enthusiastic youngsters in clever costumes.