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
Saturday June 15th
Happy Father’s Day weekend! A. E. Staley I, A. E. Staley II, and A. E. Staley III circa 1930. ... See MoreSee Less
Brady’s got a little bit of them in him! Love it!
Is AES III still alive???
Tuesday June 4th
A year after the lightning strike and our new roof is finished! We have many new exhibits that have opened, so plan a visit and see what what’s new inside and outside! ... See MoreSee Less
Ag in the Classroom is excited to visit tomorrow!!
My grandmother lives behind you
Looks great! Is it still donations to go through and visit?
Wednesday May 29th
The Staley Museum was the first to host Decatur’s Go Red for Women Luncheon, which helps save lives from the number one killer of women, heart disease. As the event has sold out and grown, it will be held at the Decatur Club next week, June 6, with emcee Julie Staley. Tickets are going fast but still available. Help us support this very important cause for the American Heart Association. Go to heart.org to get your reservation! ... See MoreSee Less