CFNIL Community Grant in Action: WCHS Town Hall restoration project

The Winnebago Community Historical Society (WCHS) is proud to announce it has received a $19,950.00 grant for the Town Hall restoration. The grant was awarded by the Community Arts & Humanities Fund of the Community Foundation of Northern  Illinois’ Community Grants Program. 

Built in 1894, Town Hall has served the Village of Winnebago and the Winnebago Township for decades. The building has hosted a variety of events from school functions, meeting space for service organizations, the original library space for the Township but always being the administrative home for the Winnebago Township. When the Township moved their operations to another building several years ago, the then newly formed Winnebago Community Historical Society was organized to purchase the building. Since this acquisition, the 100+ charter members and volunteers have started the long process to restore and renovate the Town Hall, making it available to the community for meeting space and events. 

“This grant continues the restoration process of Town Hall” states WCHS President Irv Koning. “In recent years, we focused on getting accessible restrooms installed, a new roof was added, our adjacent park has been renovated, now with the generous support of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois, we can turn our attention to much needed repairs and restoration of exterior brick and mortar including the front façade. WCHS, its’ members and Board are committed to restoring this great building  for the benefit of the community”.

About the Winnebago Community Historical Society
The Winnebago Community Historical Society is a 501 c3 not for profit with the mission of preserving the past, informing the present and inspiring the future.  We are dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of the Winnebago, Illinois area. Besides owning Town Hall, we own the Winnebago Area History Collection housed at the Winnebago Public Library. Community members are working to conserve and add to the collection. Learn more about WCHS and membership opportunities at

CFNIL staff attended a WCHS board meeting to learn more about their efforts to restore the Town Hall. This video includes highlights from the history that was shared, as well as historic and current photos of the Town Hall and the programs and activities put on by the WCHS.