About Crete Historical Society

Our Organization

The Crete Area Historical Society is a group of local history enthusiasts who enjoy learning more about the rich history of Crete, Illinois and the surrounding areas. From the Native Americans who first called this area home to the settlers who followed later, we aim to preserve the history of Crete for future generations and promote our heritage for all. We meet the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m.  at old Crete Congregation Church, 550 W. Exchange Street, Crete. Throughout the year the group holds informational talks on the local history, such as Cemetery Walks and lectures at the Crete Public Library on topics such as area dairies, Sears homes, the Letters Home (presentation on WWII) among others. During the summer months, you can find a tent set up on Monday nights in the Crete Methodist Church parking lot as part of the Farmers Market/Cruise Night festivities. Enjoy local artifacts and knowledgeable locals happy to talk to you about anything regarding Crete history. 

   The society has been around for several decades, and we are happy to finally have a permanent place to call home  at the old Crete Congregational Church located right in downtown Crete. This historical building is on the National Landmark of Historic Places and is one of three local places used on the Underground Railroad. We are in the process of restoring this local landmark and former antique store to serve as a museum and community gathering place.  Please check back for more information about updates regarding our progress.


We will be in need of handyman including electricians, carpenters, plumbers and more, as well as anyone willing to get dirty and help restore the Crete Congregational Church. For more information, please reach out to our president, Ryan Martin at Rmartin100@att.net

If you are interested in donating a local artifact to the museum, please contact Tim Piepenbrink at ctm@ix.netcom.com.

Our meetings are open to all. Please join us at 6:30 p.m. the third Thursday of the month at old Crete Congregational Church, 550 W. Exchange Street in Crete.

Our Mission

To preserve and promote Crete area history