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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Monday August 13th
NO EXPENSE SPARED IN BUILDING THE STALEY OFFICE BUILDING 88 YEARS AGO.
It’s been 88 years since the A. E. Staley Co. moved into its new office building.
The decision was made to build the city’s tallest building a year and a half earlier by the company’s board of directors.
The A. E. Staley Co. Building, with its 14 floors, was constructed as a symbol of the company founder’s pride in achievement and dedicated to the loyalty of its employees and customers.
The 206-foot-high building sits in a three-acre park at the corner of East Eldorado and North 22nd streets.
The building was constructed - with no expense spared -- just seven years after the opening of the nation’s first soybean processing plant which would later contribute to Decatur’s designation as the “Soybean Capital of the World”.
--From Print Edition of Decatur Tribune's "Scrapbook" series on Aug. 1st and Aug. 8th. Photo by Steve Huss. ... See MoreSee Less
She's a beauty😊
Bruce A. Gebhart, a bit of Decatur history!
Wednesday August 8th
Today, we are thrilled to announce we'll be participating in A Taste of History with the Hieronymus Mueller Museum, James Millikin Homestead, and the Governor Oglesby Mansion in September!
At this event, join us for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres as we give you a special taste of local history!
Tickets are $25 per person and available now thru September 8th at Novel Ideas Books & Gifts, located at 480 East Main Street, Decatur.
If you cannot purchase your tickets in person, simply contact the Mueller Museum at 217.423.6161 or firstname.lastname@example.org for online orders.
Parking for the event will be available at the Mueller Museum (420 W. Eldorado St.) and the Central Christian Church (650 W. William St.). A trolley will circulate between parking and venues. ... See MoreSee Less
Wow! How very cool! Wish I could be in D then!
Wednesday August 1st
A. E. Staley enjoying the gardens of his home in Florida, circa 1938. ... See MoreSee Less
Where in Florida?
Francis Staley came her in 1868 as far as my husband knows
Wednesday August 1st
A. E. Staley III (Gene) at the top of the Empire State Building in 1941. Gene was the oldest son of A. E. Staley Jr. and Lenore Mueller Staley. ... See MoreSee Less
Wednesday August 1st
Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Staley Jr. (Eva Coddington) enjoying their honeymoon in Hawaii in 1951. We are working to bring you more family history as we repair the museum. We look forward to seeing everyone soon! ... See MoreSee Less
Would their vacation stop include Kuaii ( Hawaii’s garden island)??
My grandparents use to live around the corner from the Staley’s.. she tells wonderful stories about Mr. Staley! My grandma still owns a beautiful table she got at a Staley’s rummage sale!