Our Mission
We will tell authentic stories about African-American life in Central Illinois, past and present, celebrating and sharing our history and culture and planning for our future.

We will do this through scholarship, oral histories, exhibits, partnerships, our board, our supporters and our friends. We are and will be community builders.

We recognize that our stories are at once unique but connected to those of other communities and we will support those interconnections. We will be integral to the cultural life of our area. We will partner with like-minded organizations. We will be proactive in our community. We will study and apply best-practices in business, scholarship and communication.

Hours & Info

Tuesday through Friday, 12 PM - 4 PM
Saturday, 10 AM - 5:00 PM

1440 Monument Avenue
Springfield, Illinois 62702
Email: siaahf@yahoo.com

Phone: (217 ) 391-6323

Toll Free: (877) 757-2246

Admission to The Museum: Donations encouraged

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

Upcoming Museum Events

May
6
Sun
4:00 pm Grand Opening: Early African Ame...
Grand Opening: Early African Ame...
May 6 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Grand Opening: Early African American Pioneers of Central Illinois
Grand Opening: Early African American Pioneers of Central Illinois This new exhibit explores and illuminates African American families who moved to Central Illinois in the 1800’s and who still have descendants in Springfield. The exhibit is the result of research and interviews done by board member Elizabeth Alexander and volunteer Patricia Davis. It was sponsored[...]
May
31
Thu
5:00 pm Annual Membership Meeting
Annual Membership Meeting
May 31 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Annual Membership Meeting @ Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum
A membership meeting for all museum members, their family and friends, as well as museum partners and sponsors will include a short business meeting to report on the status of the museum. This event will feature live music by Steve Alexander and Judy and Allen Davis, some of the Museum’s talented volunteers, and refreshments. There[...]
Jun
4
Mon
all-day Summer Camp, 2018
Summer Camp, 2018
Jun 4 – Jun 8 all-day
Summer Camp, 2018 @ Springfield and Central Illinois African American History Museum
June 4 through 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Summer Day Camp: Learn from the Past . . . Create your own Future For the third year in a row, AAHM is hosting Summer Day Camp for children going into grades three through five. This camp is filled with exciting activities that both entertain and[...]
Oct
25
Thu
all-day Gala, 2018 – 200 Years of Africa...
Gala, 2018 – 200 Years of Africa...
Oct 25 all-day
Recognizing this years Bicentennial of the State, the AAHM will be shining a light on some of the Illinois African Americans who made significant contributions to the development of the state, many who also shaped the course of American history. This year’s Gala will be held at the Crowne Plaza

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