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DeMoulin Museum Reflects On Big Year

The first year in its new home proved to be a busy one for the DeMoulin Museum. Since reopening in the former Central Christian Church in late February, the museum attracted 1,255 visitors from 25 states and five foreign countries. John Goldsmith, DeMoulin Museum Curator, said, “Several church groups and travel clubs from the St. Louis area made the trip to Greenville. One of the most interesting was the Fords Unlimited Car Club.” The museum also hosted its first Boy Scout Night in August. Local scouts were treated to a special program then camped out overnight on the museum grounds. Goldsmith said they hope to offer more Scout Nights in 2019.

There were a number of highlights in 2018 including:

  • The unveiling of the Atlanta Olympic Band uniform display in June, which was attended by three members of the band and two chaperones.
  • A visit by Congressman John Shimkus in July
  • Curator John Goldsmith presenting a program on DeMoulin initiation devices in Kinsley, KS in September for the Edwards County Historical Society
  • Hosting the Masonic Library Museum Association’s annual meeting in October
  • A live concert on the museum grounds by the Ragged Blade Band, a ragtime group from St. Louis, in September
  • Curator Goldsmith’s participation in an Illinois Humanities Council podcast recorded in Atlanta, Illinois in November to celebrate the Illinois Bicentennial

Plans for 2019 include adding some new displays and offering more free concerts on the museum grounds. The DeMoulin Museum is located at 205 S. Prairie St. in Greenville, IL. Winter hours are Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Admission is by donation. Group tours are now being booked for the New Year. Tours can be scheduled for any day by calling the museum at (618) 664-4115 or emailing

Brick Paver Program to Honor DeMoulin Employees

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(June 13, 2018) - The DeMoulin Museum has announced plans to recognize current and former employees of DeMoulin Bros. & Co. with brick pavers. Since its founding in 1892, the DeMoulin factory has employed thousands of men and women, many of whom worked for the company for decades. When he began the business, Ed DeMoulin hired four seamstresses who brought their own sewing machines from home. Today, DeMoulin employs around 150 people who utilize state of the art equipment.
  The DeMoulin Museum, located at 205 S. Prairie Street in Greenville, pays tribute to the founders, employees, and unique products of the factory.
  “The workers are a big part of the stories we tell,” explained John Goldsmith, DeMoulin Museum Curator. “They were and still are true artisans who take great pride in their work. A company can’t exist for 126 years without folks like that. Our brick paver program is an opportunity to permanently acknowledge their efforts.”
  Bricks are 4” x 8” and feature up to three lines of text. Each brick is $100 with proceeds to benefit repairs and upkeep of the museum. The bricks will be installed in a prominent space in front of the DeMoulin Museum.
  The bricks may be purchased in honor or memory of anyone who worked for the factory, according to Goldsmith. “Whether you worked there for a summer or for fifty years, you are part of DeMoulin history. It’s a special group of people we want to celebrate.”
  For more information about the DeMoulin brick pavers, call (618) 664-4115 or visit and download the form.
Brick Paver Program to Honor DeMoulin Employees


Tours of the Museum can be arranged for any day of the week. Call to schedule one. In our new location, we can accommodate as many as 60 people. Minimum 6 people, please.

Plan a bus or group tour by connecting with the curator. Your tour of the DeMoulin Museum can be specialized for your group and combined with other interesting attractions in Greenville's downtown and country. Get information and schedule your tour by contacting us at (618) 664-4115 or by using our email form.


Looking for a program for your historical society, club, school class, or fraternal organization? John Goldsmith, DeMoulin Museum curator, is available. He'll share the story of this unique company through a series of images, artifacts, and demonstrations. For more information (including booking fees), e-mail us today.

Overview of Museum

Founded in 1892 as a manufacturer of lodge paraphernalia and regalia, DeMoulin Bros. & Co. of Greenville, Illinois is one of the nation's leading makers of marching band uniforms. The company's diverse production history has included graduation caps and gowns, choir robes, church and lodge furniture, and lodge initiation devices.

The DeMoulin Museum, founded in 2010, pays tribute to the founders, employees, and amazing products created by this unique factory. Though the museum contains examples of many of DeMoulin's creations, the lodge initiation devices---including the Bucking Goat; Invisible Paddle Machine; and Lifting and Spraying Machine---are what have attracted visitors from over 30 states.

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September through May:
Sat: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

June through August:
Fri: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Sun: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Admission by donation.
Group tours welcome.

DeMoulin Museum
205 S. Prairie, Greenville, IL, 62246
Two blocks southeast of the Greenville square.

(618) 664-4115

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Catalog Page - The Bucking Goat

Red Hat Lady with Lindenwood Senior Group May 2016

Help support the DeMoulin Museum!

The DeMoulin Museum is supported by a not-for-profit organization through the Bond County Community Foundation. Although endorsed by DeMoulin Bros. & Co., the DeMoulin Museum is not operated by the factory. Your donation is important to maintaining the museum.

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Catalog Page - DeMoulin's Patent Lung Tester

Catalog Page - Knife Throwing Stunt

An O'Fallon Missouri family visits in August 2016

Tour Group October 2011

Catalog Page - The Guillotine

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