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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Tuesday February 14th
The Staley baseball team was made up of many players who also were on the Decatur Staleys football team. This photo shows A. E. Staley (far right) with the team, including George Halas (fourth from left), who took the football team to its starting history as the Chicago Bears. ... See MoreSee Less
Friday February 10th
Monday January 30th
AERIAL VIEW OF A. E. STALEY MFG. CO. FROM A LONG TIME AGO Tom Hanks, who sends the Tribune old photos and postcards from time to time sent me this postcard from decades ago showing A. E. Staley Manufacturing Co. Obviously, the land east and north of the complex would go through a lot of development in the decades ahead. A. E. Staley was one of several early visionaries in the city’s earlier days. Tate & Lyle now owns the complex but a lot of people still call it Staley’s.
Saturday January 21st
A. E. Staley III, "Gene" at the Staley estate in Miami Beach in 1942. See more information about this home at the museum. ... See MoreSee Less
Saturday December 31st
Thank you for your support in 2016 as we embarked on this new endeavor. We hope to see you in 2017! ... See MoreSee Less