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The Chenoa Historical Society was founded in 1990 by a group of interested citizens who felt it was important that some effort be made to collect and preserve memorabilia and historical material related to the Chenoa community. The Society is now incorporated under the laws of the State of Illinois as a not-for-profit organization.

We hope you will visit the Historical Society Museum to view some of the projects the Society has accomplished this year!

Amazing Discovery: 45-Star Flag

In 2011, a 45-star flag was discovered in a cardboard box high on a shelf in a city-owned building. It is over 14 feet in height and 25 feet in length. The stars are 9 inches across from point to point and the stripes are 12 inches in width.

it is probably over one hundred years old. The 45 stars were used on flags between 1896, when Utah joined the Union and 1908 when Oklahoma Territory was admitted as a state. The material is somewhat fragile with a few holes in the fabric, it is unfit to fly however, it is on display at the museum of the Chenoa Historical Society, folded in a regulation triangle.

At this time, we have no information about from whom it was obtained or where it was flown. The Society would welcome any suggestions as to how flags of that dimension were secured and displayed at the beginning of the 20th century.

Chenoa Historical Society Receives Donation

Peggy Scharfenberg presented the Chenoa Historical Society with a memorial donation in honor of her mother, Mrs. Ruth Beach.

Peggy is the granddaughter of a local artist, W.D. Nehr. Peggy wanted to donate a memorial and an item of her grandfather’s works.

The Society has several of Mr. Nehr’s items on display in the museum.

President Bell accepted the donations and would like to thank not only Peggy, but everyone who donated in Mrs. Beach’s memory.

Chenoa Area Genealogy

The Historical Society has files on many families that do and did reside in the Chenoa area. If we can help you with your family genealogy, we would be happy to sit and talk with you. The Society has many old pictures of Chenoa and information on our history, such as the story of the many fires in Chenoa, the coal mines, the Chenoa Centennial and much more.

Chenoa Trophy Room

The Chenoa Trophy Room is open to the public and is located at the Heartland Bank of Chenoa. The Trophy Room contains many of the trophies and awards that were obtained when the Chenoa High School merged with Prairie Central. We invite you to tour the Trophy Room!

For more information about tours of the room, contact:

Joyce Nagel at (815) 945-5163