Heritage Museum


Hours of Operation:
Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday
10:00a - 2:00p


124 School Street "Old Town"
Glen Carbon, IL 62034

Contact the Museum:

Please contact Linda Sinco, Museum Coordinator
at (618) 288-7271 or lsinco@glen-carbon.il.us for more information or to schedule a visit.

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About Our Museum:
One thing recorded history tells us, is that the towns’ people wanted to make sure that their children were given a good education so that one day they would make their mark on the world. This building began its humble beginnings in 1914 as a school house to educate the youth of Glen Carbon and continues to educate visitors on Glen Carbon’s rich history today.

In its past, it has served as a School, WWII Scrap Metal collection center, Blood Bank, Civil Defense Building, Village Administration offices, Police Station, Doctor’s offices, Teen Town, the Reading Room and then Library, with a small museum in one room. On August 25, 2014 the building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the U. S. Parks Service/Department of the Interior in Washington D.C., making this building the first of its kind in the Village of Glen Carbon.

The Glen Carbon Heritage Museum that currently resides in this vintage school house is pleased to share this building with you, complete with the original hard wood floors and tin ceilings that made this fine building a legacy to the community. The Village of Glen Carbon is honored that the building can continue to serve residents and visitors for years to come.

Museum Events:

During the months of October and November, The Glen Carbon  Heritage Museum will have a special exhibit of Military artifacts.  The display will feature uniforms from different time periods, including one from a Pearl Harbor Survivor.  Historic military photos and artifacts used by the military will give visitors a glimpse of a service persons duties.

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 12:30pm, local author Ron Williams, will speak on his Kindle book "We Were Winning When I Left:  The American soldiers that I knew in the Vietnam War".  His book gives good insight into his two tours as an engineer and 32 year military career.

Yanda Log Cabin

 Yanda Log Cabin


148 Main Street, "Old Town"
Glen Carbon, IL  62034


Linda Sinco, Museum Coordinator
lsinco@glen-carbon.il.us or (618) 288-7271

Winter Hours - October 22, 2016 10am-2pm, October 30, 2016 5pm-9pm for Trick or Treat, December 11, 2016 2pm-4pm, Closed until April 2017.

About Our Log Cabin
The Yanda Log Cabin is believed to have been built by blacksmith William Yanda in 1853. William Yanda (1818-1885) and his wife Anna Zeola (1823-1901) were immigrants from Bohemia, Austria, they and their ten children lived in the cabin. Frank (1846-1912), their oldest son also became a blacksmith. He practiced his craft in other towns in the area and eventually moved back to the “home place” in 1882 with his wife Anna Benda (1845-1912). Frank and Anna raised eleven children in the cabin. Frank sold the cabin to his son Frank Jr. (one of the early mayors of the Village of Glen Carbon. Frank Jr. did not have any children.

Eventually the Village of Glen Carbon bought the lot with the existing house which had been built around the cabin. Upon discovering the cabin lying beneath a more modern home, renovation work began in 1989 and was concluded just in time for the Village’s Centennial Celebration in June 1992. The cabin now serves as both a satellite addition to our museum and as a reminder of the past, even before Glen Carbon came into being.

Yanda Log Cabin Events:

Mark your calendar for the Yanda Cabin Christmas Celebration, Sunday, Dec. 11th from 2 - 4:00pm.  Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for children to visit.  With your donation of a nonperishable food item, the Kiwanis will take a complementary photo of your children with the Clauses.  There will be refreshments, and holiday music to enjoy in the ambiance of the historic Yanda Log Cabin.