Have you ever wanted to travel through time?

Imagine a place where this journey of discovery could begin. It would be a place where you could engage your curiosity, where you could explore how the past shaped you and the place that you live.

Daphne Summers

“I made this gift so that children can learn to appreciate what they have now by seeing artifacts from previous generations. By creating the History Discovery Center, my dream is to expand those opportunities to keep people curious about history.” - Daphne Sumner

The mission of the St. Clair County Historical Society (STCCHS) is to inspire people by making the vibrant history of St. Clair County tangible, relevant and meaningful for today’s diverse communities and for future generations to come.

It is through this mission that we have launched the Discovery Campaign. The purpose of this campaign is to raise funds to renovate the 1909 Queen Anne-style house at 705 E. Washington St. in Belleville, Illinois.

The 1909 Queen Anne-style house would be a place where our community’s memory would be safeguarded, preserved forever to inspire and challenge us. It would be a place that would spark a passion for the past and inspiration for the future.

The St. Clair County History Discovery Center will be that place