Welcome to the Canton Area Heritage Center Website

The Canton Area Heritage Center is a new initiative that is working toward the founding of a history and cultural museum for the greater Canton area with mission to foster a deeper understanding and appreciation of Canton area’s history, culture, and industry.

To accomplish this mission, the Canton Heritage Center will collect, preserve, research, interpret and exhibit the history and artifacts of Canton, Illinois. The center board of directors will operate the heritage center, including a library of historical documents and photographs, and a museum store, at minimum.

Statement of Purpose, "The Resilience and Industry of Canton”

Since its founding in 1825, Canton has capitalized on hard work, the talents and entrepreneurial spirit of its residents to bring prosperity and pride to the community. Even in the face of devastating natural disasters (i.e., fires, floods and tornadoes) and downturns in the economy, Canton has shown its resilience and drive and come back from the fires like a Phoenix to rise again!

The Canton Heritage Center will provide a place to showcase artifacts and to capture our compelling history of 190 years for those who follow us. We will do this by focusing on the industries which have been established in Canton, over time.