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 September 15th
Going on now at the Staley Museum. Taste of History event. The Sidewalk Stompers ♥️ ... See MoreSee Less
Wednesday September 12th
Thank-you for all your interest in our event. We hope you were able to get tickets! If not, let us know if you would like to see an event like this again in the future! ... See MoreSee Less
Sunday September 9th
Remembering the history as we bear down to start the season tonight. Go Bears! ... See MoreSee Less
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This was the very beginning of the Chicago move in 1921. Daily Illinois State register. June 28, 1921 Springfield, Illinois.
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Amanda did you know the bears used to be owned by Decatur ?
We may need to be drinking to watch tonight's game. Go Bears !
Wish I had the 2nd can. The other 2 seem lonely without it.
I wish Decatur never sold the team to Chicago. They need to come back to Decatur.
We got all three !
omg that is cool!!!
Got all 3
Angela Staley Andrews look!!!