Cherry Valley History
The Library maintains a local history collection in the small conference room of the library. Call 815-332-5161 to reserve your time for local history research.
In 2001, the Cherry Valley Public Library District was among the first recipients in the state of Illinois to receive a $5,000 federal Library Services & Technology Act grant to scan and digitize photographs and other materials from its local history collection. The library owes a debt of gratitude to the Cherry Valley Bicentennial Committee, the forebearers of the present Cherry Valley Historical Society, who collected photographs, written histories, and oral stories from village and area residents more than a quarter century ago. The product of their efforts was the book, Cherry Valley: Our Memories are Warm.
This collection of historical photographs and written memories can be accessed through the web - Illinois Digital Archives - by village residents, genealogists, researchers, and students of local history for the purpose of discovering the story of the village in the valley. The history of Cherry Valley in many ways typifies that of a small, mid-nineteenth century Illinois town. Its establishment in 1835, its mill on the Kishwaukee River, the coming of the railroad in 1852, its schools, businesses, civic organizations, and pioneer families – all these strands weave a fabric of heritage that provides the present foundation and civic character of Cherry Valley.
The library continues to contribute more resources to this project, including cemetery records and color slides, as we seek to preserve the past for future generations. We invite you to consider sharing your family photographs, histories, and journals for inclusion in this 21st century database. To share your photos or documents, call the library at 815-332-5161 for further information.
Local History Links