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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Thursday November 14th
Thank you to our Staley Museum Board Member, Lesley Nicholson, for presenting one of Staley’s most impressive works to community and friends at the Decatur Arts Council. The Iconic and Beautiful Castle in the Corn Fields. ♥️Thanks to Lesley Nicholson for her terrific Member+ Presentation last night discussing the iconic Staley administration building and its place in art deco. A topic that drew a nice crowd with lots of questions.
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Tuesday November 12th
Hello all! The museum will be open today, however we encourage any visitors to park along the street as our parking lot is currently very icy. Stay safe and stay warm! ... See MoreSee Less
Monday September 30th
Decatur Shows its Love for one of its most beloved Landmarks. The Staley Museum is Proud to play a part in preserving Decatur & Staley History.
A very warm thank you to the creators of this video.
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An awesome video. I will miss seeing it though.
Great video, but I hate to see history being destroyed.
Very well done! Thank you!
Saturday September 28th
All in the family. Mark Staley (l) throws out the first pitch for the Millikin University baseball game at Workman Field. His great-grandfather throws out the first pitch at Staley Field. The Staley Family Foundation gave $500,000 to help pay for the 5 million dollar complex. ... See MoreSee Less
many thanks to Mark & Bob for continuing their family tradition of supporting Decatur . I told Mark yesterday how much he looks like his great-grandfather !
Wonderful university. My son is a 1994 graduate.
That’s awesome Thanks for your support in the community
WONDERFUL CARING PEOPLE THANK YOU FOR SHARING
GREAT UNIVERSITY MY SON AND GREAT NIECE WENT THERE👍😎