The Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society is a non-profit organization founded in 1959 by local citizens interested in preserving the heritage of the Sterling-Rock Falls area. To further this goal the Society established a museum to interpret, preserve and research local history. The museum is currently located on the grounds of the Dillon Home Museum.
In March of 2007 the Society purchased the Lincoln-Manahan Home, 607 E. 3rd Street, Sterling. This home is one of the oldest remaining homes in the area, dating back to 1847. It is also the home where Sheriff William Manahan hosted Abraham Lincoln during his 1856 visit to Sterling. After extensive restoration the home was dedicated July 18, 2011 as the Lincoln-Manahan Home Museum. It is open to the public April 1 through November 1, Saturdays and Sundays 1-4 pm, also for group tours by appointment.
Terence BuckalooDirector and Curator
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Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday10AM-12PM & 1-4PM
The Sterling-Rock Falls Historical Society presents Bill Jamerson from Escanaba, MI presenting
“Dollar-A-Day Boys! A Tribute to the Civilian Conservation Corps”
The CCC was a federal works program created by President Franklin Roosevelt during the Great Depression. It ran from 1933 to 1942 and provided employment for over 3 million young men between the ages of 17-25.
Saturday, September 27th at 2:00 PM at the Bethel Reformed Church
230 East 23rd Street, Sterling, IL
Everyone is invited. Admission is Free!
Sterling - Rock Falls Historical Society1005 E. Third Street, P.O. Box 65Sterling, Illinois 61081Phone: 815-622-6215
Lincoln-Manahan Home607 E. Third StreetSterling, Illinois 61081
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