Started in 1936, our historical society has grown from a group of passionate volunteers collecting artifacts to a three story museum in the heart of Belvidere. We work hard to preserve our county's history for the next generation - holding events, lectures and exhibits showing off the exciting history of our community. The museum has some amazing exhibits: the only example of a 1903 Eldredge Runabout, built in Belvidere, a real 1840s log cabin, a World War I display, an exhibit centered around Judith Ford, the Belvidere native crowned Miss America 1969 -- and more. It's all looks well organized in the city's old Gas & Electric Building, ca. 1900. COMING SOON! The Funderburg House, an 8,000 sq ft mansion built in 1906, will become Northern Illinois' newest historic house museum & event venue! The craftsman style structure was built for Belvidere native Katherine Rhinehart, daughter of Civil War General Allen Fuller. We look forward to your visit!!