2016 Calendar of Events
117 South Appleknocker Street, Cobden,
Regular Museum Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
April-May: Hair Art Exhibit at Union County Museum
Hair art from the collection of Frances and Charles Swedlund of Cobden is the featured exhibit through May at the Union County Museum in Cobden
Hair art was popular with the Victorians from 1837 to 1901 during the reign of Queen Victoria of England. It is one of the few parts of the deceased that can be kept as a remembrance.
Intricately woven, large framed wreaths to small pieces of jewelry make up the 30 piece collection which celebrates marriages, births and commemorates the death of a loved one.
Additional pieces of their hair art collection are on exhibit at the University Museum on the Southern Illinois University campus in Carbondale.
Monday, May 30, Dedication of G.A.R. Monument.
A three foot by four foot gray, granite monument is being placed by the Union County Historical and Genealogy in the Cobden City Cemetery at the Grand Army of the Republic (G.A.R.) burial plot.
The monument with the names of the nine Civil War veterans interred at the site is being unveiled at a dedication ceremony Monday, May 30 following Cobden’s Annual Memorial Day service at 9:30 a.m.
The plot was established in 1889 by the Cobden Post of the G.A.R.
This is the 150th anniversary of the founding of the G.A.R., a national organization whose primary purpose was to preserve the names of those who gave their lives in defense of their country and to assist their widows and orphans. General John A. Logan of Murphysboro served three terms as the Commander-in-Chief of the G.A.R.
An exhibit including the original 1882 Cobden G.A.R. Charter, Civil War weapons, Gen. Logan and G.A.R. related memorabilia of the period is being sponsored by the Historical Society and will be in the cemetery Chapel.
The Cobden Woman’s Club is hosting a reception in the Chapel following the ceremony.The public is invited and all of the events are free.
Summer and Fall
Exhibits Planned: Topics to be
Friday and Saturday,
August 5 & 6, Cobden Peach
Festival. The Museum and shop will
conduct extended hours: 8a.m.-6p.m. on both days.
Saturday, October 8, Union
County Colorfest. Activities planned
in Cobden. The Museum and shop will
conduct extended hours: 10a.m.-5p.m.
Shoppe. Dates: Sat. Nov. 19; Sun.,
Nov. 20; Fri., Nov. 25 (8am-4pm); Sat., Nov. 26; Sun., Nov. 27; Sat., Dec. 3;
Sun., Dec. 4; Sat., Dec. 10; Sun. Dec. 11; Sat., Dec. 17. Annual event features Christmas decorations
and gifts at reasonable prices. Hours
for Saturday are 8a.m.-4p.m. and for Sunday are 1-4 p.m. Museum will temporarily close for the winter
after the bazaar.
Saturday, December 3.
Christmas in the Village. Open houses and holiday activities.
Check local publications (Gazette-Democrat,
Monday’s Pub, and Southern Illinoisan)
for the latest on programs and other events
sponsored by the Historical Society or
go to our webpage at
All Events at the
Union County Museum are free and open to the public. No Admission charge.
Operated by the Union
County Historical & Genealogy Society, 618/893-2865.
The General Store is usually in operation when the museum is
normally open. This depends on if we have enough volunteers to open both the
museum and the store. Otherwise please use the above dates for official openings of
the General Store.