Visit the Hieronymus Mueller Museum

Hieronymus Mueller MuseumHieronymus Mueller Museum
420 West Eldorado St.
Decatur, Illinois

The museum is open to the public on
Tuesday through Saturday (except holidays)
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Other visiting times may be scheduled by appointment by calling (217) 423-6161.

Admission:
$2.00 for adults and $1.50 for those under the age of 17.
Exhibits cover the history of the company, its owners and employees, and the Mueller family.

Hieronymus Mueller Museum | Decatur, Illinois

Welcome to the Hieronymus Mueller Museum, just west of downtown Decatur, Illinois, and open to the public on Tuesday through Saturday and other times by appointment.


The Mueller Museum is dedicated to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of the history of Mueller Company and of the family and descendants of Hieronymus Mueller

The Mueller Museum celebrates the life and legacy of Hieronymus Mueller, a pioneer entrepreneur who emigrated from Germany to Decatur, Illinois, and founded several business concerns, including Mueller Co., which still exists today and produces many of the original signature Mueller products, namely water pressure valves and the iconic fire hydrants that we see in nearly every American town and city.

The Hieronymus Mueller Museum was founded in 1995 by the Hieronymus Mueller Family Foundation to house and curate the vast collection of Mueller Family and Mueller Co physical artifacts, memorabilia and library materials. The museum moved to its present home in 2005, a state-of-the-art facility to preserve and display the historically-significant collection.
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The story of Hieronymus Mueller is like the stories of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who were driven to America by the dual forces of opportunity and necessity – the necessity to escape famine, political oppression, religious intolerance, or economic disasters. He made the most of his opportunity and became a quintessential immigrant success arriving with pennies in his pockets while going on to achieve the “American Dream.”

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Wednesday June 6th, 2018

Vintage Truth:

Summer is upon us and families and friends everywhere will be gathering to share moments of fellowship..
Camping, Barbecues,Vacations, Etc...
For Mueller employees and their families, the Lodge was just such a place. A place for good times, fellowship, recreation & relaxation. Upon the opening of the lodge for use in 1920, the Mueller family placed this embroidered sign in the lodge to remind everyone of what is vitally important...the Here & Now. This artifact now hangs in the Museum as a continuous reminder of both the lodge and what it stood for.
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Vintage Truth:

Summer is upon us and families and friends everywhere will be gathering to share moments of fellowship..
Camping, Barbecues,Vacations, Etc...   
For Mueller employees and their families, the Lodge was just such a place.  A place for good times, fellowship, recreation & relaxation.  Upon the opening of the lodge for use in 1920, the Mueller family placed this embroidered sign in the lodge to remind everyone of what is vitally important...the Here & Now.  This artifact now hangs in the Museum as a continuous reminder of both the lodge and what it stood for.Image attachment

 

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I think we were one of the last to use it..for our daughter's wedding rehearsal dinner

Wow. Where was this located?

Is the lodge still standing?

Wednesday May 30th, 2018

Mueller Factory Band & Decatur Municipal Band
Music has always been a part of summer time outdoor events.
The Decatur Municipal Band got its start in 1857, the same year that Hieronymus Mueller opened his Gun shop here in Decatur. The Municipal Band actually started out as the Goodman Band, named for its director. In the first photo shown here you can see the Goodman Band parading down Main St. with Hieronymus Mueller in the lead. The year was 1899. In the early years of the Mueller Co., the Goodman Band would provide the music for the small company's annual picnic. Hieronymus' two oldest sons, Henry & Philip took music lessons from Goodman. Later, in 1910, the company would create their own factory band. We are unsure as to how long the factory band existed, we know it was a part of the company for at least 10 years. Much later when the group fizzled out, some of its members would go on to become members of the Municipal Band. Now with summer approaching, the Decatur community can look forward to the Summer Municipal Band concerts. The H. Mueller Museum congratulates the Decatur Municipal Band on its 161 years of service to our Community.
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Thursday May 24th, 2018

In Observance of Memorial Day:
Industry during times of war & the contribution of those that stayed at home:
During both of the Great Wars, WWI & WWII, the nation's industries were called to support the war effort. In the case of the Mueller Co. this meant almost entirely suspending their regular product line in order to begin the production of munitions. All the Mueller plants throughout the nation were turned to this endeavor. What some may not know is that during WWII, Decatur actually had two Mueller plants. The company during the 1920's and early 30's had a second plant located in South Shores. At that time it was producing a high end line of vitreous ware for the company. It closed its doors in 1934 but was reopened during the war to expand the munitions production. Mueller employees worked round the clock in the production of various types of military shells. These shells would then be transported by train to the ordinance facility in Illiopolis. The Mueller Co. and its employees would receive the Army Navy award for excellence as a result of their dedication. In later years the South Shores plant would be sold to Borg Warner.
Come to the Museum to learn more.
The Mueller Museum wishes everyone a safe & peaceful Memorial Day.
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In Observance of Memorial Day:
Industry during times of war & the contribution of those that stayed at home:
During both of the Great Wars, WWI & WWII, the nations industries were called to support the war effort.  In the case of the Mueller Co. this meant almost entirely suspending their regular product line in order to begin the production of munitions.    All the Mueller plants throughout the nation were turned to this endeavor.  What some may not know is that during WWII, Decatur actually had two Mueller plants.  The company during the 1920s and early 30s had a second plant located in South Shores.  At that time it was producing a high end line of vitreous ware for the company.  It closed its doors in 1934 but was reopened during the war to expand the munitions production.  Mueller employees worked round the clock in the production of various types of military shells.  These shells would then be transported by train to the ordinance facility in Illiopolis.  The Mueller Co. and its employees would receive the Army Navy award for excellence as a result of their dedication.  In later years the South Shores plant would be sold to Borg Warner. 
Come to the Museum to learn more.
The Mueller Museum wishes everyone a safe & peaceful Memorial Day.

 

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Great to learn how Mueller helped the war effort !!!

I enjoy these stories. My grandpa on my mom’s side retired from Mueller’s after 45 years. I think his father also worked there!

Terry McRoberts, Stephen Peters

Gayle Rotz Lange

The Mueller Museum it well worth it going thru.

Decatur proud!!!!

Still there working on #46

My Dad talked about a man who was blind that worked as a munitions inspector during WWII. One time he found a crack in a shell that no one else thought was there. He could feel it. No one believed him until they x rayed it and found it. My Dad worked at Mueller Co. for 40 years. He retired in 1978.

My grandfather was one of there first employees.

My maternal grandmother worked at the Illiopolis facility during the war.

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