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DeMoulin Museum Pursuing New Home

(July 31, 2017) — Since its opening on March 20, 2010, the DeMoulin Museum in Greenville, Illinois has welcomed over 7,000 visitors from over 40 states and several foreign countries. With its success has come growing pains. Following a year-long search, the DeMoulin Museum Board of Directors recently voted to pursue a new home.
  According to John Goldsmith, Museum Curator, the Board has issued a letter of intent to buy the Central Christian Church, located at the corner of Prairie and South Streets in Greenville. The church, built in 1882, was originally home to the Grace Episcopal Church. When the congregation disbanded in 1952, the building sat vacant until it was purchased in March 1963 by the Central Christian Church. They moved the church from Third Street to its present location. The Central Christian Church has not held services since the beginning of this year.
Central Christian Church building located at the corner of Prairie and South Streets in Greenville.   DeMoulin Museum Board Chairman Don Adamski explained the reason why the museum is relocating. “With the continued success the museum has experienced as well as our growing collection of artifacts we’ve been seeking a larger location. This opportunity is ideal for the museum so the board decided to pursue it. I look forward to our continued growth in the new location as it will also attract more and more visitors to Greenville.”
  Goldsmith said the museum would utilize the sanctuary and addition. “This building opens opportunities for us to create new displays, enhance existing ones, and host larger tour groups and events.”
  Adamski said the challenge is raising funds for the purchase and renovation of the building. “I believe the generosity of the community will help us succeed in that effort.”
  Because of the museum’s popularity across the country, hopes are high that outside donors will also become involved. A series of traditional fundraising activities will be announced in the weeks to come. The museum needs to raise $35,000 to cover the purchase and renovation of the property. Additional funds collected will be invested in upgrading and enhancing displays. The goal is to have the money needed in place by the end of the year.
  “We are excited to have the opportunity to be the caretakers of this wonderful old church,” Goldsmith noted. “Our intention is to tell the DeMoulin story while maintaining the charm of the building.”




Tyler Dale from History Channel's "American Restoration"

(June 18, 2017) — In 2014, David Copperfield had two of his DeMoulin initiation devices restored by the guys on History Channel's "American Restoration". The pieces were the Ferris Wheel Goat and the Knife Throwing Board. Tyler Dale from "American Restoration" was in Greenville for the annual Greenville Graffiti Car Show and visited the DeMoulin Museum over the weekend and checked out our Knife Throwing Board and made a new friend of Wink-a-dink. It was truly a thrill having Tyler visit.
Had fun Saturday evening giving Tyler Dale of American Restoration fame a private tour of the DeMoulin Museum including our Knife Throwing Board. During his visit, we gave Tyler a special tour of the DeMoulin Museum. Tyler poses with his new friend Wink-a-dink.


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.

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Hours

June through August:
Fri: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sun: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

September through May:
Sat: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Admission by donation.
Group tours welcome.

DeMoulin Museum
110 W. Main, Greenville, IL, 62246
One block east of the Greenville square.

(618) 664-4115

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Catalog Page - The Bucking Goat



Red Hat Lady with Lindenwood Senior Group May 2016




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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.

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Catalog Page - DeMoulin's Patent Lung Tester



Catalog Page - Knife Throwing Stunt


An O'Fallon Missouri family visits in August 2016



Tour Group October 2011


Catalog Page - The Guillotine




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