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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Thursday July 12th, 2018

1910 A Race is on between Philip Mueller's Big Thomas Flyer & the Mueller Special interurban train..Bloomington to Decatur.

A temptation too hard to ignore happened after the Mueller Company picnic in August of 1910. The Venue selected for the company picnic that year was Miller Park in Bloomington. The company arranged for a special Mueller interurban train to transport employees and their families to the picnic. Philip Mueller, second eldest son of the founder Hieronymus Mueller, chose to drive his new toy, a Thomas Flyer, rather than take the train. At days end and as serendipity would have it...Philip's Thomas Flyer automobile found itself driving down the road in sync with the Mueller special interurban returning to Decatur. Philip's Mueller genes kicked in and the Race was on!

If you would like to know the outcome of the race...follow this link to the Museum Newsletter which tells the whole ordeal in detail..start to finish!

muellermuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/Fall-2010-Newsletter.pdf

A local history cliff hanger brought to you by your friends at the Hieronymus Mueller Museum. :)
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1910 A Race is on between Philip Muellers Big Thomas Flyer & the Mueller Special interurban train..Bloomington to Decatur.

A temptation too hard to ignore happened after the Mueller Company picnic in August of 1910.  The Venue selected for the company picnic that year was Miller Park in Bloomington.  The company arranged for a special Mueller interurban train to transport employees and their families to the picnic.  Philip Mueller, second eldest son of the founder Hieronymus Mueller, chose to drive his new toy, a Thomas Flyer, rather than take the train.  At days end and as serendipity would have it...Philips Thomas Flyer automobile found itself driving down the road in sync with the Mueller special interurban returning to Decatur.  Philips Mueller genes kicked in and the Race was on!  

If you would like to know the outcome of the race...follow this link to the Museum Newsletter which tells the whole ordeal in detail..start to finish! 

http://muellermuseum.org/wp-content/uploads/Fall-2010-Newsletter.pdf

A local history cliff hanger brought to you by your friends at the Hieronymus Mueller Museum.  :)Image attachment

Tuesday June 26th, 2018

1910: 274 Automobiles Registered in Decatur:
From the Museum Archives:
The Mueller Family and the citizens of Decatur showed great interest in the Automobile from the first moment that Hieronymus Mueller circulated the city streets with his Benz "motorcycle"/ Horseless Carriage". The Mueller Benz, as it became known in Automobile history, was the first Automobile to ever travel the streets of our home town.
While Hieronymus' story with the automobile was short lived due to the tragic circumstances of his death....the advent of the automobile could not be detained. Our museum scrapbooks contain several articles about the growth in vehicle ownership here in Decatur. By 1910 the Herald newspaper reports that Decatur has 274 Registered Automobiles. The Mueller Family of course were counted among the 274.
Robert Mueller had a Studebaker,
Phillip Mueller had a "Big" Thomas Flyer,
Mrs. Henry Mueller had a Packard,
and Frank Cruickshank (Leda Mueller's Husband) had an Overland.
Other popular vehicles of the time which were owned here in Decatur were:
Cadillac,
Rambler,
Buick,
Bartholomew,
Chalmers-Detroit to name a few.
CLARIFICATION NOTE: With the exception of the Newspaper article which came from the Mueller Museum scrap books, the images of cars and advertisements are downloaded from the internet as examples to illustrate the types or models of cars owned at the time. These are NOT images of the actual cars owned by the Mueller family members or others in the community.
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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?

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