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Heritage Center

The Canton Area Heritage Center provides a place to showcase artifacts and to capture Canton’s compelling history of almost 200 years. The Heritage Center Museum focuses on the industries that have been established in Canton, over time. We also honor notable people who’ve made a difference in civic, fine arts, medical, sports, and philanthropic fields.

NOTE: We are collaborating with Spoon River College Community Outreach to host a “Guided Museum Tour,” Thursday, April 28, 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 2:00 p.m. at the museum, 111 South Main St., in Canton. Contact Andrea Barbknecht, SRC Outreach Director, at 309-649-6368, or email, andrea.barbknecht@src.edu, for details or to register.

Since its founding in 1825, Canton has capitalized on hard work, the talents and entrepreneurial spirit of its residents to bring prosperity and pride to the community. Even in the face of devastating natural disasters (i.e., fires, floods and tornadoes) and downturns in the economy, Canton has shown its resilience and drive and come back from the fires like a Phoenix to rise again!

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Tribute Exhibit Remembering John Keets, Teen AIDS Activist
Tribute Exhibit Remembering John Keets, Teen AIDS Activist

Remembering Canton’s John Keets at the Museum. John Keets of Canton was only 15 years old when his family found out that he was HIV positive in August, 1989. Two weeks later he was diagnosed with AIDS. With the help of his mother, his biggest fan, John began to talk about HIV and AIDS to […]

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Vintage Nesbitt’s Soda Pop Machine Donated!
Vintage Nesbitt’s Soda Pop Machine Donated!

Vintage Nesbitt’s soda pop machine from Miller’s Bottling Works and the Canton Hotel There’s a new display at the Canton Area Heritage Center with ties to two former family-owned Canton businesses.  It’s a bright orange Nesbitt’s soda pop machine that dates back to the early 1940’s.  Nesbitt’s was known nationally throughout the 20th century for […]

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December Spotlight – Canton Area Heritage Center
December Spotlight – Canton Area Heritage Center

December 2021 Spotlight Fostering a deeper understanding and appreciation of Canton’s and the surrounding area’s history, culture, and industry. Canton Main Street is happy to announce the Canton Area Heritage Center as the December spotlight of the month! The Heritage Center is located at 111 S. Main St in downtown Canton. Canton Main Street helped […]

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