151 Washington St, Marseilles, Illinois, United States
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November 11, 2018 -  Veteran's Day

The Museum opened for a fall harvest event, featuring a demonstration of an antique corn sheller machine.  These machines were produced by the Marseilles Manufacturing Co, which was later purchased by John Deere.   

Robert Nelson presented Purple Heart awarded to his uncle Ernest J. Atchley Jr., and told the story of how Ernest was lost at sea during WW-II.   A Flag folding ceremony and salute followed.  Read more in the Ottawa Times.


Upcoming Events

Past Events

The Museum hosted the 100 year celebration of the Marseilles Nursing Service.  Marseilles Nursing Service.

Field trip!   The Museum again welcomed Marseilles Elementary School 2nd grade students.  These kids had fun, painted pumpkins, drove model trains, and also learned a little about the history of their town.

September 23, 2018 - Corn Sheller 

November 11, 2019  - Vietnam Veterans

The Seattle Sutton Marseilles Museum hosted a program to remember a very well-known past Marseilles resident, John Armstrong.  John was born in Marseilles and served Fire Chief from 1941 to 1975.   Watch the video to hear stories about John as told by his daughters Eleanor, Ruth, Pat, and Lori. 

October 2, 2018 - 2nd Grade

July 14, 2018 - Laddie Tonielli

September 15, 2019 - Marseilles Nursing Service

Sunday, June 10, 2018 - Church History

March 10, 2019 -  John Armstrong

August 17, 2019 - Robert Nelson Presentation

On Veteran's Day 2018 we met at the Museum to honor our Marseilles veterans.   Their stories, and an introduction by Hank Roe of the American Legion, are archived here:

Our Veteran's Day 2019 event honored Marseilles veterans involved in the Vietnam war.  Hank Roe of the American Legion helped us understand those times and better appreciate the service of Vietnam veterans.

On veterans day, the Museum honored Marseilles World War II veterans.   

We have archived their stories here:

During Marseilles Fun Days 2018, the Museum opened a new exhibit about famous Marseilles welterweight boxer Laddie Tonielli.  Laddie's son, Terry Tonielli, delivered a talk about this famous hometown boxer.

Click the video to hear this talk.

November 11, 2017  - Veterans

At this event seven Marseilles churches shared some food and interesting history of each church.

Read more at Marseilles churches share history and faith.

The Museum's scheduled events are listed here.  In normal times, it is also accessible by appointment as a place to host your visitors and show our collections during reunions or other community events.  When social distancing rules allow, contact us (phone 815-795-7976) to arrange a time for your group's visit and share our amazing history.

We are looking forward to resuming Museum events.   Here is what's planned:

  • July 10 -- Fun Days.   Museum open noon to 3 pm after Marseilles Nursing Service bridge walk at 11 am.  Train rides, popcorn.   Parade July 11 at 1pm.
  • Aug 22 -- History of Barbers in Marseilles
  • October -- Pumpkin decorating and corn sheller demo for Marseilles 2nd grad students.
  • November 11 --  Veterans Day.  This year focusing on Middle East Conflicts.   VFW speaker at 1 pm.
  • December -- Christmas lighting and parade with train rides.