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DeMoulin Museum Receives Monetary DonationIN THE PHOTO - Left to Right: Jill Franks, BCCF board member; Alan Gaffner, BCCF board chair; Esther Henry, museum board member; John Goldsmith, museum curator; Kami Suess, Greenville Tourism director and BCCF board member; and Liz Heinzmann, museum treasurer and BCCF board member.
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(Tuesday, January 31, 2017) - The DeMoulin Museum has received a $500 donation from anonymous donors through the Bond County Community Foundation. The check was presented Tuesday afternoon during a brief ceremony at the museum. John Goldsmith, museum curator, thanked the donors, "We greatly appreciate their support. It's good to know that there are people out there who believe in the value of our mission."
Mayor Alan Gaffner, who serves as the chairman of the Bond County Community Foundation board, complimented the museum's board and volunteers for preserving the history of DeMoulin Bros. & Co., which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Gaffner also congratulated the museum on becoming a popular attraction for out-of-town visitors.
Goldsmith noted that since opening in March 2010, the DeMoulin Museum has drawn 6,442 visitors. According to Goldsmith, of the museum's 861 visitors last year, at least 75% of them came from outside of Bond County. He said over 20 tour groups visited the museum in 2016.
According to Goldsmith the growing number of tour groups and the steady acquisition of artifacts have led to a lack of space. "For the last several months, we've been considering a variety of options from renovating our current building to searching for a larger location. Whatever route is decided, today's donation is a springboard towards a fundraising campaign that we hope will assure the museum will remain open to be enjoyed by those of all ages."
(Thursday, December 1, 2016) - For the first time in its history, the DeMoulin Museum has released a limited edition calendar featuring four early 1900s photos of the
DeMoulin factory. Two of the photos are being published for the first time. The calendar coincides with DeMoulin Bros. & Co.'s 125th anniversary.
The calendars are being offered as a free gift to anyone making a minimum $5.00 donation to the DeMoulin Museum, which is a 501(c)3 under the Bond County Community Foundation.
To make a donation or for more information about the calendar, call the DeMoulin Museum at (618) 664-4115, email via the Contact Page or send a message to the museum's Facebook page.
The calendar was created by 3-Point Ink of Greenville.
Now STILL Available
Overview of Museum
Founded in 1892 as a manufacturer of lodge paraphernalia and regalia, DeMoulin Bros. & Co. of Greenville, Illinois is one of the nation's leading makers of marching band uniforms. The company's diverse production history has included graduation caps and gowns, choir robes, church and lodge furniture, and lodge initiation devices.
The DeMoulin Museum, founded in 2010, pays tribute to the founders, employees, and amazing products created by this unique factory. Though the museum contains examples of many of DeMoulin's creations, the lodge initiation devices---including the Bucking Goat; Invisible Paddle Machine; and Lifting and Spraying Machine---are what have attracted visitors from over 30 states.
September through May:
Sat: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
June through August:
Fri: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sun: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Admission by donation.
Group tours welcome.
110 W. Main, Greenville, IL, 62246
One block east of the Greenville square.
Help support the DeMoulin Museum!
The DeMoulin Museum is supported by a not-for-profit organization through the Bond County Community Foundation. Although endorsed by DeMoulin Bros. & Co., the DeMoulin Museum is not operated by the factory. Your donation is important to maintaining the museum.