The Staley Museum
The Staley Museum opened its doors to the public during the summer of 2015. We are excited be a full-fledged member of our community. Here you will find updates and news about the museum and exciting events going on.
The Staley Museum and this web site are both works in progress. We encourage visitors to continue to check back with us and see how we are progressing. We would also like to encourage visitors to the site to share any stories or information they may have regarding Staley history.
Photos, documents, articles and memorabilia are all welcome and appreciated. Anyone wishing to make a contribution to the Staley museum may contact us through via the Artifact Donation Form found on this site. Also, for anyone in our area who wishes to be a Volunteer at the museum and offer their time and/or expertise, please go to the Volunteer Form and fill out your information so that we may contact you personally. We invite you to Contact Us.
The Staley Museum is open year round; Tuesday – Saturday from 1:00 – 4:00 pm, and on the last Sunday of the month (March – November) from 1:00 – 4:00 pm.
The Staley Story
A.E. Staley was a big man with big dreams and had the determination to make those dreams a reality. Although he did not arrive on the scene until the 1900’s, his impact of Decatur was such that he is counted as one of the founding fathers. The largeness of his dreams and of his civic minded generosity has contributed in major ways to the city we know today.
It was A.E.’s pioneering vision in the area of soy beans, both the cultivation and processing, that gave Decatur the name “Soy Bean Capitol of the World.”
In the period of one decade, 1920-1930, A.E. Staley made significant contributions to the community of Decatur, being the driving force behind the creation of Lake Decatur, the Staley viaduct, the Staley Office Building, and the formation of the Decatur Staleys football club, later to become the Chicago Bears.
The story of A.E. Staley is one in which the city of Decatur has the right to feel great pride. It is a story which forms a major part in the industrial and agricultural history of central Illinois. We look forward to sharing that pride and history as we work toward the opening of the Staley Museum.
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Sunday November 27th
We had a wonderful turnout for the Heritage & Holly tour! We would like to thank our volunteers: Joyce Rhodes, Mary Lindsey Judy Widick, Linda Wise, Kaye and Larry Jones, Mary Ann Montgomery, Pam Blazer, Roberta Monson, Ann Brown, and Patricia Lathrom. Thanks to you all for your help! ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday November 26th
The Staley Museum is just elated that President and Mrs. Lincoln have come for a visit. They are out enjoying many of Decatur's Historic homes on the Heritage and Holly Tour ... See MoreSee Less
Friday November 25th
The halls are decked and the mansion is ready for a weekend of visitors for the Heritage and Holly Tour. Visitors will also be the first to see the unveiling of our newest exhibit about Staley women. ... See MoreSee Less
Friday November 25th
The Staley Museum shared their photo.
Come see Christmas at the Staley Mansion this weekend for the Heritage and Holly Tour. Visit our new display of Staley women who have been part of Decatur history. ... See MoreSee Less
The Staley Museum is honored to be named the “Home of Distinction” on this years Heritage & Holly Tour. Here is a sneak peak at our Staley Christmas Tree. Hope to see you all here for this wonderful event. Tickets are available for purchase at: - Wild Flour - Novel Ideas - All Things Beautiful - Or on-line at ticketleap.com
Saturday November 19th
This year's Heritage and Holly Home Tour’s theme is "Her Story in Decatur." The Staley Museum will tell the stories of the Staley women who helped build Decatur. This picture is a small sneak peak of one of the new pieces we are adding to the new exhibit. ... See MoreSee Less