Awarded Grants & Donations $500.00 and above from Organizations and Businesses


Please note that this does NOT include donations for our new town project.  We will post these once the project is complete!

Thank you to these organizations for your generosity toward the museum!

  • City of Tuscola TIF Committee: $50,000.00 for Building Repairs​
  • Tuscola Community Foundation:$10,000.00 toward keeping a Full-time Director; $1,000.00 toward the mural project
  • Illinois Department of Commerce: $5,000 B2B Grant in 2023
  • LyondellBasell: $1,500.00 toward painting the building and a new sign and most recently, $500.00 toward a new PA/projector system, $500.00 toward new energy-efficient lighting; $400.00 toward the mural project
  • First Neighbor Bank: $1,000.00 to purchase bank vault door
  • Arcola Foundation: $750.00 for Archival Supplies & Collections care ; $1000.00 for digitization equipment 2017 and $1000.00 for 2018
  • Daughters of the American Revolution: $1,351.14 Matching grant toward a Veteran's Hall of Honor Thank you to our local DAR, the Stephen A. Douglas Chapter, for the support you expressed toward the museum and this project
  • Tuscola Tourism: Tourism has helped the museum print brochures, pay for entertainment and help with events throughout the years, most recently $1,000.00 for Tuscola history research and payback for the cost of brochure printing in 2023
  • Tuscola Rotary: $500.00 for new exhibit technology
  • Villa Grove Rotary: $500.00 toward photo contest & project
  • Harvest Ridge Wind Farm:$500.00 toward collections care for Buick
  • I.U.O.E. Local 841: $500.00 toward collections care for Buick

We have merchandise for sale at the museum!  Stop in and purchase items in our lobby!  Postcards, bags, mugs, tour booklets and more.  

Financial Donation

The Douglas County Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that runs on the donations of individuals and businesses.  Please consider making a donation to the museum so that we may continue to serve the people of and visitors to Douglas County for current and future generations.​  All donations are tax-deductible.  To make a financial donation, click on the "Donate Here" heart above!   You can also shop on Amazon and support the museum at the same time!  Just click on the Amazon Smile box above.


Membership is a great way to help the Museum with a small yearly fee.  A membership to the Museum gets you discounts on events, programs, and rentals.  You will also get a monthly newsletter and other important announcements by email or post office mail.  Most importantly, you are supporting a local non-profit and the care of important artifacts so they are around for generations to come!

You may also pay your membership dues through the "donate here" heart button to the right.  Just click on the donate button!

Download a  Membership Form!


Do you have an item that fits the Museum's mission statement that you feel would be of value to have in our collection?  Please call or stop in and see us at the Museum.

There is a form for you to fill out giving us temporary custody of your item after which the item will go before our Collection's Committee and our Board of Trustees.  If we feel it fits our mission and we are able to properly store and care for the item, we will have you fill out a Deed of Gift. Please make sure you have the time to fill out paperwork.


*Note:  Due to space and coverage, we are not accepting any World War II dress uniforms at this time into the collection.

Volunteers + Internships

Do you have an interest in historical research, collections management, educational programming, or something else?  There are many different volunteer and internship job openings at the museum.  We are very flexible as to when and how often you can come in.  If you can donate your time for events only, maybe once a month, or can come every week, we will work with you to find the right job.  

We currently could use someone with carpentry skills for making basic slotted storage shelving!

Stop in and see our Director, Anna, or feel free to get in touch with us using the Contact FormWe look forward to hearing from you!


There are many ways that you can help the museum provide for the people of and visitors to Douglas County.  Whether you make a financial contribution, volunteer your time, become a member, attend an event, submit a pledge, serve on a committee, or just come on in and see us, you are helping the museum succeed and continue to grow for future generations to be able to enjoy.  

Here are some ways that you can help:

Museum Wishlist


The museum is currently in need of these    items:

  • Archival Textile Boxes available HERE
  • Archival Paper Boxes available HERE
  • Archival Boxes available HERE
  • Archival paper (legal) available HERE
  • Archival Tissue Paper availableHERE
  • Poly Album Pages available HERE or HERE or HERE
  • Nitrile gloves available HERE
  • Any general cleaning supplies or paper products
  • Silica gel packets or canisters
  • Swiffer or any brand of non-scented dry sheets