Lewistown Society for Historic Preservation

The Lewistown Society for Historic Preservation is a non-for-profit 501(c)3 organization that maintains the Rasmussen Blacksmith Shop Museum, Rasmussen Museum, and the Fulton County Narrow Gauge Depot. The mission of the Lewistown Society for Historic Preservation is to discover, preserve, and share the history of Lewistown and the surrounding areas. All Museum hours are by appointment by calling 547-4301. Admission is FREE, but donations are accepted. Donations may be sent to P.O. Box 53, Lewistown, IL 61542.

For more information regarding the Museums or the Lewistown Society for Historical Preservation membership and meetings, please call 309-547-4301 or email: explore.lewistown.history@gmail.com.

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NGDepot2 Fulton County Narrow Gauge Railroad Presentation
Thomas Van Heuklon, of Macomb, Illinois will offer a 45 minute presentation on the history of the rail line locally known as “The Pea Vine” and offer information on specific towns in Fulton County served by this historic railroad. Mr. Van Heuklon is a professor at Western Illinois University and has conducted extensive research on the Narrow Gauge Railway. Click Here for details on the Event.

The Rasmussen Museum is located just next door to the Blacksmith’s Shop. Founded and built by the Lewistown Society for Historical Preservation in 1989, it provides a look at daily life in Lewistown and surrounding areas throughout time. Highlights include an Edgar Lee Master’s section, rare antique tools and farm equipment, and a Library of Local History featuring documents, photographs, and newspaper archives focused on the area.

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