"To tell authentic stories about African American life in Springfield and Central Illinois through exhibitions, education, collections and programs to preserve, interpret and celebrate African American history and culture.'

The Springfield & Central Illinois African American History Museum will be closed for construction beginning May 13, 2024.  We are excited about the expansion project which will add more exhibit space onto the back of the museum.  Construction is scheduled to be completed sometime late Summer or early Fall. Please see our website for updates. 

 While the building at 1440 Monument will be closed for construction, AAHM plans to maintain offering relevant programming to the Springfield & Central Illinois community.  Sign up for our email list to receive the most current announcements.  All events will be announced on our website. For urgent inquiries, please contact us at our temporary number (217) 361-9942.

Register Now for the Springfield Super Hero’s Summer Camp

This summer, transform your 4th to 6th graders' break into an unforgettable adventure at the Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum’s Springfield Hero's Summer Camp! 🌳🌈 It’s not just a camp; it’s a journey to unlocking their inner superhero. 🌟


On This Day In History

 🌟On This Day in History: May 23, 1844 🌟

Today, we celebrate the birthday of Charles Edmund Nash, a trailblazer in American politics and a beacon of hope for many. Born on May 23, 1844, Nash made history as the first African American representative to the U.S. House of Representatives from the state of Louisiana. His groundbreaking election in 1874 marked a significant milestone during the Reconstruction era, a time when the nation was striving to rebuild and redefine itself after the Civil War. Charles Edmund Nash's journey to Congress wasn't an easy one. As a former Union soldier and a man dedicated to civil rights, he faced immense challenges and opposition. Yet, his resilience and unwavering commitment to equality and justice helped him break barriers and pave the way for future generations of African American leaders.

There’s Something for Everyone at Our 2024 Events


May 2024

  • May 4, 2024 at 4 PM: AAHM Book Club - Chapter 1 Discussion

July 2024

July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2024: “History Comes Alive” Program every Saturday at 2pm

August 2024

  • August 3, 2024: Final “History Comes Alive” program at 2 pm
  • August 8-18, 2024: History Exhibit at the Illinois State Fair

September 2024
September 14 Coffee and Conversations

October 2024
October 10, 2024: The 13th Annual “Honoring our Heritage, AAHM Gala”

November 2024
November 1, 2024: Greek Christmas Decorating

December 2024

  • December 6, 2024: Greek Christmas Event
  • December 25-26, 2024: Closed in Observance of Christmas
    December 27, 2024: Kwanzaa Celebration

Our Exhibits

We invite you to visit our exhibits when our Museum reopens in late summer or early fall. Stay tuned!

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We are currently closed due to construction. Stay tuned for the grand reopening!

Special events and private guided tours can be made outside of general admission times. Please call the office to schedule your event.


1440 Monument Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62702
Temporary Phone: (217 ) 361-9942



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