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.
The Staley Museum on Facebook
Friday June 15th
It's that time! We are excited to once again host our Open House for Retirees and Former Employees of the Staley Manufacturing Company on Sunday, July 15th from 1-4pm!
Come visit with museum staff and share your Staley stories and memories! There will be games (with prizes!), great local music, and tasty refreshments available!
To attend, simply RSVP before June 30th with your name and that of your guest by contacting the museum any time at (217) 422-1212 and speak with a staff member or simply leave your information in a voicemail.
We can't wait to see you there! ... See MoreSee Less
Cathy Roney Landreth
Wednesday June 13th
Find you way easily to the museum with these new signs put up throughout the city of Decatur. Many historic stops around town! ... See MoreSee Less
Friday June 1st
Due to some technical difficulties with the museum's Facebook page, for the time being, the best way to contact the museum is by email and by phone. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less
Wednesday May 30th
Who can tell us about this frog? What was it a part of and where did it come from?
Comment below with your best guess and we’ll post tomorrow the correct answer! ... See MoreSee Less
Gotta believe it was on the 8th floor outdoors spitting water in a pond.
From the fountain on Mr. Staley’s roof garden. Should have one tube in the center of the mouth.
Wasn’t it in the rooftop garden outside the 8th floor? I recall seeing a frog out there
It looks like it has an opening for a water pipe or hose. Was it part of a fountain?
Bob Bosak—- The Frog was on the roof as part of a fountain.
Either one of the 50 frogs around the fountain in the plaza or one of the frogs on the roof top garden off the executive offices.
8th floor roof garden
William Fryman is correct
Nelson Park garden