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Mendota Museum & Historical Society
Mendota, IL

The Mendota Museum & Historical Society was formed as a not-for-profit corporation by Mr. Horace D. Hume in May of 1993. The original officers were Horace D. Hume, President; Marsha Jones, Vice President and Treasurer; and Michelle Babin, Secretary.

Mr. Hume, seeing the need for a larger and updated public library building for his adopted hometown, donated funds to construct a new home for the Graves Public Library, freeing up the 1904 Carnegie library building. Mr. Hume contributed additional funds to restore this beautiful building and fulfill his vision to use this structure to create a museum dedicated to the history of the Mendota Area.

Mr. Hume expanded the Board of Directors in 1995 and an organization was developed which drew up a strategic plan. This document provided for the development of the Hume-Carnegie Museum, the Union Depot Railroad Museum and the Breaking the Prairie Museum-dedicated to the agricultural history of the area. The guiding force for the activities of the society were to be driven by the following mission statement.

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