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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The Society raised the required $85,000 to purchase the property next to the Lincoln-Manahan Home Museum, formerly the C & E Glass building. This will be used to complement the LMHM as the Lincoln Learning Center. Projected uses include classroom space for school tours, lectures, pioneer craft days, ice cream socials and anything relating to Lincoln and the early history of northern Illinois.
We are working with an architect, Matt Berge on remodeling plans. There will be an ice cream social on August 11 to unveil the plans for the phase of creating the LLC and Berge will be present. If you can contribute to Phase II of this project please click on the donation button on this page, or better yet send a check to SRFHS, PO Box 65, Sterling, IL 61081.
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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