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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Wednesday December 13th
The Tate and Lyle Building is lighted with Christmas colors tonight.
Tuesday December 12th
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Tuesday December 12th
The Staley Museum shared The Kablooey Group's A Merry Ol' Radio Holiday Show.
The Kablooey Group
Find out how the Staley Museum has become part of the story! LIVE broadcast of part of the performance on Thursday. Friday and Saturday performances too! ... See MoreSee Less
"A Merry Ol' Radio Holiday Show" December 14, 15, and 16 at 7:00 pm Shilling Auditorium - Richland Community College Tickets available online at www.kablooeygroup.com. $12 in advance/$15 at the door An all-original musical brought to you by the Kablooey Group! Filled with heart, humor, and toe-tapping tunes, the musical tells the story of the cast and crew of a touring radio show as they prepare for and perform the latest episode of their throwback radio revue. A portion of the Thursday, December 14 performance will be broadcast LIVE on WSOY. Tune in to 1340-AM or 103.3 FM at 8:00 pm to hear the radio revue, and then come see us on Friday or Saturday to see the rest of the story! Don't miss the Soy City Christmas event everyone is sure to be talking about! Get your tickets TODAY!
Tuesday December 12th
Our Giving Tree is quickly gathering up gifts for the local Salvation Army food pantry! Thank you to everyone who has already donated!
You can still make donations now through the evening of our Open House event on December 20, 2017. Admission will be waived in favor of monetary donations or gifts of non-perishable goods. ... See MoreSee Less
Tuesday December 5th
Christmas at the Staley Museum
Come join us on Wednesday the 20th for Fresh baked cookies and cider. See the Staley Museum decorated for Christmas and enjoy learning about local history. Admission will be waived in favor of donations. Also, remember that all month we are hosting a food drive for the Salvation Army. The community can drop off non perishable foods to place around our giving tree up to the day of the event.
Wishing all many blessings this holiday season. ... See MoreSee Less