Click here to visit the official website of the Centralia Area Historical Society and Museum.
In addition to the Historical Society and Museum, Centralia has an active Preservation Commission
, which nominates local historic landmarks and strives to preserve these community treasures.
In May of 2005, the City of Centralia received the Illinois Theater as a donation from Kerasotes Theaters, Inc. The Illinois Theater Task Force was formed in November 2004, to begin plans to restore the theater to active use.
In June of 2005, the Task Force completed its function as an advisory body, and a non-profit organization, headed by a board made up of interested local citizens has been formed, called the Downtown Centralia Illinois Theatre, Inc. This organization will lease the buliding from the City, and will be responsible for all programing and promotion. The City will work closely with the non-profit to perform restoration activities on the building and prepare it for use. Renovation on the building is approximately 80% complete.
See what's happening at the ILLINOIS THEATRE.
If you have an interest in partcipating in the various aspects of this restoration, please contact Allison Austin, Community Development Director, at City Hall. This may include Creative Use, Marketing, Construction, or Fundraising.
Did you ever wonder why Southern Illinois is referred to as Egypt, or why the Centralia Sentinel is called "Egypt's Greatest Daily"?
Read the story from Centralia: A Pictorial History, by George E. Ross (1992).
How We Became Part of "Egypt"
Here are some Historic Photographs, both on Locust Street, Courtesy of the Centralia Sentinel