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A warm welcome awaits at both of the Elizabeth Historical Society's museums located in downtown Elizabeth, Illinois. The Elizabeth Historical Society offers the perfect opportunity to learn more about Jo Daviess county's hidden treasures in the Elizabeth History House and the Chicago Great Western Railway Depot Museum. 


 Both museums are open each weekend from May through October. Hours of operation are from 11:00am until 3:00pm.  Special appointments are available: (815) 858-2343.  Both are Blue Star Museums, free to active servicemen and families.


The Cat's Meow


Available at the Depot Museum Gift Shop are the miniature buildings and scenes of the Elizabeth Cat's Meow series. In total, 23 different miniatures have been issued as limited editions. Over half of these designs have already sold out. The remaining designs are available on a first come, first served basis.


Once these are sold, they will be gone forever: Railway Depot, Main Street Elizabeth, Scenic Tower, Welcome Inn, Hagie Block, Hutton Block, Old Town Hall, Westphal Building, Creamery, Elizabeth State Bank and Exchange Bank are among these limited editions. 


The Cat's Meow series can be purchased at the Depot Museum Gift Shop as well as three other Main Street businesses-

E-Town Coffee Co.

Something Special

Village Treasures 

Don't forget to check our Calendar of Events frequently for the latest in local news and upcoming events offered by the Elizabeth Historical Society.