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Three Rivers:  The confluence of the Des Plaines and Kankakee, forming the Illinois River.  I&M Canal in foreground.

To set up an appointment, inquire about donating, or for research assistance, contact the Local Historian, Michele Houchens, at (815) 467-1600 x207 or

Our Local History Collection is housed in the lower level of the Minooka Branch.

Our collection contains historical information from Channahon, Minooka, and Aux Sable and Channahon Townships. It includes genealogical information, photographs, yearbooks, area maps and plat books, newspapers and clippings, church records, and more.

Mondays: 4-7:30pm

2nd and 4th Saturdays: 10-4pm

2nd and 4th Sundays: 1-4pm

Hours are subject to change.  You are always welcome to contact our Local Historian, Michele Houchens, at (815) 467-1600 x207 or to set up an appointment outside of these hours. 

Do you have historic documents, photos, or objects related to the Channahon and Minooka area?  Share them with us and help preserve our rich history!

Donations are gratefully accepted but not always necessary. We can also photograph, copy, or scan your materials and return the original to you.

See some of the photos in our collection on our flickr account.

Coming Soon! 

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Channahon School, built in 1923, now Pioneer Path.

TRPLD 2020 Time Capsule Logo

TRPLD Time Capsule 2020

Covid-19: History in the Making

We all had a log of changes in 2020, for better or worse, and had to develop new routines, habits, and skills.  Records of simple routines, just like ours, are exactly the type of things that historians love, because that's how they learn how everyday people acted throughout history. 

Be a part of future history; share your photos, videos, stories, recipes, artworks, and other creations, experiences, and reactions to how the pandemic of 2020 changed your life.  Become part of our local history collection as we create a virtual time capsule of our communities' lives to preserve them for future generations to learn from!