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An Illinois not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation dedicated to preserving the history and legacy of the C&NW and its predecessor roads since 1973.

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Annual Meeting Notice

Chicago and North Western Historical Society Notice for Annual Membership Meeting 11:00 A.M. CDT Saturday, May 22, 2021 NOTICE OF MEETING: In accordance with the bylaws of the Chicago & North Western Historical Society, an Illinois not-for-profit 501 (c)(3) corporation, the next Annual Membership Meeting will be held via Conference Call at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, May 22, 2021.   To be held using the GoToMeeting on-line conference program, we will be able to have 120 members join in on the meeting…

Rails & Rivers – Mankato 2022

The Chicago & North Western Historical Society’s annual convention has now been rescheduled for May 19-22, 2022, after twice being postponed because of  Covid-19 restrictions. See the Conventions Page for more information.

C&NWHS Archives Building

With great pride the C&NWHS would like to announce that the agreement to locate our permanent archives building at Illinois Railway Museum (IRM) has been completed and signed!  This project has been years in the making and is the first step in completing the new home of the C&NWHS Archives that will provide a great future for the educational activities and preservation of the C&NW and associated roads. Construction of the building is the next step and while we don’t…