2016 Calendar of Events

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2016 Calendar of Events

Union County Museum

117 South Appleknocker Street, Cobden, Illinois

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 announced

 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. 

 Annual Christmas 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 www.unioncountyilmuseum.com


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.