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Museum Taking Orders For Bricks: Order Yours For Mothers Day!

first order of 34 bricks have arrived

(May 3, 2019) - The DeMoulin Museum is now taking orders for a second round of brick pavers recognizing current and former employees of DeMoulin Bros. & Co. 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.

Brick sales began last June and an initial order of 37 was placed at the end of 2018. Wet conditions this spring have delayed their installation. The goal is to get another order placed by the end of May.

“Our first group of bricks honored company founder Ed DeMoulin, all of the subsequent factory presidents, and an array of employees,” explained museum curator John Goldsmith. “There have been a few surprises including some employees from the 1930s that I wasn’t familiar with.”

Goldsmith said, “A number of bricks have been purchased as gifts for loved ones. Mother’s Day is an ideal time for us to sell our next round.”

The DeMoulin Museum, located at 205 S. Prairie Street in Greenville, pays tribute to the founders, employees, and unique products of the factory. Since its founding in 1892, the company has employed thousands of people whose tenures range from a summer job to over 50 years.

For more information about the DeMoulin brick pavers, call (618) 664-4115 or download the form. The DeMoulin Museum is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Cookout by the legendary Wes Pourchot Friday, April 26, 10:30 - 2 PM @ Thrift Shop parking lot in Greenville (in case of rain, Bond County Fairgrounds)

Cook Out Fundraiser

DeMoulin Museum Observing Odd Fellows' Bicentennial

DeMoulin Museum Observing Odd Fellows' Bicentennial event poster (April 9, 2019) - The Independent Order of Odd Fellows is celebrating its 200th anniversary this month and the DeMoulin Museum in Greenville is hosting a special program to observe the occasion. Founded in Baltimore, Maryland in 1819, the Odd Fellows now has 600,000 members worldwide. Known for their three link of chain logo, which represents friendship, love, and truth, the Odd Fellows were one of the fraternal customers of DeMoulin Bros. & Co. during the factory's early years.
  A special program, “Odd Fellows: 200 Years of Riding the Goat”, will be presented by Ainslie Heilich on Sunday, April 28 at 2 p.m. at the DeMoulin Museum. Heilich will explain who the Odd Fellows are, what they do, and how they factor into DeMoulin history. Odd Fellows artifacts, made by DeMoulin Bros. & Co., will be showcased. Free refreshments will be served following the program.
  Heilich is an Odd Fellow and founding member and Past Grand of Tuscola #316. He is also a member of Owl Creek Rebekah #91, Champaign Encampment #68, and Zonar Canton #18, all of Fisher, IL. He is also on the Grand Lodge of IL IOOF Web Committee and the Sovereign Grand Lodge Communications Committee and built/maintains their websites and Facebook pages and is a founder of the Heart in Hand blog. Ainslie is a tattoo artist and co-owns Vintage Karma in Tuscola, IL. When he is not tattooing or Odd Fellowing, he oversees the official website and Facebook page for guitarist G.E. Smith.
  John Goldsmith, DeMoulin Museum curator, said this will be a special day for the museum. “We're thrilled to have Ainslie share the Odd Fellows story with us. We often get visitors asking about this particular fraternal order, which DeMoulin made many things for. This also gives us the opportunity to display Odd Fellows things from our collection that aren't normally seen.”

Huddle House Fundraiser Night Tuesday, April 8, 4 - 7 PM @ Huddle House of Greenville

Huddle House Fundraiser

Pizza & Pasta Fundraiser Night Tuesday, February 19, 4 - 9 PM @ Joe’s Pizza

Joes Pizza Fundraiser

DeMoulin Museum Reflects On Big Year

(January 3, 2019) - 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: 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

Come Home For Christmas with the Grinch poster

Chili Supper Friday, October 26 at 5 PM @ DeMoulin Museum

(October 9, 2018) - In conjunction with Trunk or Treat, the DeMoulin Museum will host a chili supper. Menu includes chili, hot dog, dessert and drink. $5 adults, $3 for 5 to 12, and under 5 eat free. Kids can also meet Spiderman from 6 to 7 p.m. Treats will be available for the youngsters.
Chili Supper and Meet Spiderman

The Ragged Blade Band Free Concert Saturday, September 22 at 5 PM @ DeMoulin Museum Grounds

(September 8, 2018) - The DeMoulin Museum will be hosting a series of free concerts on our green space. Join us September 22 for a ragtime/early blues concert by The Ragged Blade Band from St. Louis. This is a free concert. Bring your lawnchairs. The museum will be open, too.
Ragged Blade Band Free Concert

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

Coming Thursday, June 14th, 7pm
Greenville Municipal Band Concert on the lawn of DeMoulin Museum

That’s right! In addition to being deeply enmeshed in the history of the city’s municipal band and its early uniforms, we now have a lawn at our new location: 205 S. Prairie Street!

Muny Band Concert

DeMoulin Museum Welcomes Members of Atlanta Olympic Band to Celebrate Unveiling of AOB Uniform Display

(June 5, 2018) - The DeMoulin Museum experienced another magical day on Saturday, June 2 as the Atlanta Olympic Band uniform display was unveiled. DeMoulin Bros. & Co. manufactured the uniforms for the band, which promoted the Atlanta Olympics from 1992 to 1996. We were fortunate to be joined for this special program by three members of the band: Jill Sewell of Maryland; Lynne Snyder of Indiana; and Christy Casher of Illinois. Also joining us were Dennis and Claudia Womack of Georgia, who served as chaperones from 1993 to 1996. DeMoulin employee Grace Haynes and DeMoulin retiree Frances Ulmer were also special guests.
Jill Sewell, Lynne Snyder, and Christy Casher share memories of their years in the Atlanta Olympic Band. (photo by Cera Douglas) AOB band members Christy Casher, Lynne Snyder and Jill Sewell with DeMoulin employees Grace Haynes and Frances Ulmer, and DeMoulin Museum Curator John Goldsmith. (photo by Cera Douglas)

Olympic Band Highlighted in New Display

Museum to unveil Atlanta Olympic Band Uniforms Display
(May 14, 2018) - During its 126 year history, DeMoulin Bros. & Co. of Greenville, Illinois has manufactured products for fraternal lodges, circuses, celebrities, and marching bands around the world. The DeMoulin Museum, which showcases the company’s diverse history, will soon add a permanent display telling another remarkable chapter. The Atlanta Olympic Band (AOB) uniforms, one of the factory’s most prestigious projects, will be spotlighted in the display to be unveiled during a ceremony Saturday, June 2.
  Created in 1992 to promote the upcoming Olympics in Atlanta, the band was comprised of band students across Georgia, who auditioned for the AOB. Members had to be at least 16 years of age, a Georgia resident or full-time student in a Georgia college/university, and active in their high school or college’s music program. Over the four years of its existence, around 600 kids performed in the AOB with only 25 of those participating from start to finish.
  The band performed at President Clinton’s first inaugural, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, half-time of an Atlanta Falcons game, and several other functions prior to the opening and closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics.
  For DeMoulin Bros., the band uniforms were manufactured during its 100th anniversary year. One of the uniforms was displayed that summer during an open house held to celebrate the centennial. In an interview conducted in July 1992, Dick DeMoulin, then company president, described the uniforms as “very colorful and very bright” with sleeve caps “to give a bigger stronger image on television.” The uniforms were highlighted by a white, gold, and green sash and the five-color Olympic emblem on the breast.
  Since opening in 2010, the DeMoulin Museum has hoped to create a display showcasing the Atlanta Olympic Band uniforms. Last year, DeMoulin Museum Curator John Goldsmith contacted Jill (Womack) Sewell, a member of the AOB, and the band’s historian/archivist. Sewell has been working with Goldsmith on securing uniforms, photos, and other artifacts related to the band. “Jill’s love for the Atlanta Olympic Band is infectious,” Goldsmith explained. “She has helped us create what will become a signature display for the DeMoulin Museum.”
  The public is welcome to the unveiling of the display on Saturday, June 2. Members of the AOB will be on hand at 10:30 a.m. for a question/answer session with the audience, followed by the unveiling at 11:00 a.m., then a reception with refreshments. Admission is free. The DeMoulin Museum is located at 205 S. Prairie St. in Greenville, Illinois.
  You can find the full Press Release here.

Museum featured in Illinois Farm Bureau’s Illinois Partners Magazine, Spring 2018

(March 1, 2018) - Illinois Partners magazine featured the DeMoulin Museum in their spring issue, which goes out to 330,000 members of the Illinois Farm Bureau.
  You can find the full story here:
Museum featured in Illinois Partners magazine

DeMoulin Museum Opening In New Home

Museum Opening In New Home February 24th 10am (February 19, 2018) - The DeMoulin Museum is welcoming visitors this weekend for the first time at its new home. Last November the Museum purchased the former Central Christian Church building at 205 S. Prairie Street in Greenville. Since then, renovations have been made to the church, constructed in 1882, while maintaining the structure’s historical integrity. The sanctuary’s stained glass windows, wood trim, and pews remain while the baptismal was donated to the Columbus Baptist Church of rural Keyesport.
  The DeMoulin Museum’s move was dictated by a lack of space for artifacts and a growing number of large bus tour groups visiting. Since its opening on March 20, 2010, the DeMoulin Museum has welcomed over 7,000 visitors from over 40 states and several foreign countries. The Museum tells the story of DeMoulin Bros. & Co., founded in Greenville in 1892 as a manufacturer of fraternal lodge regalia, paraphernalia and initiation devices. The factory shifted its focus to marching band uniforms and continues to be an industry leader today.
  The quirky lodge initiation devices — with names like the lifting and spanking machine, surprise chair, and Ferris wheel goat — are the Museum’s drawing card. In September 2017, the DeMoulin Museum was named by as one of “The 16 Weirdest Museums in the World.” The travel blog One Weird Globe has described it as a “must see destination.” Roadside America, an authority on quirky destinations, in its review wrote, “Although small and modest, the DeMoulin Museum is one that we’ll remember long after larger, slicker attractions are forgotten.”
  John Goldsmith, DeMoulin Museum Curator, commented, “Our volunteers have been working hard the last couple months getting our new home ready. We couldn’t have asked for a better location than this historic building. We’re all excited about the new opportunities the additional space will provide us.”
  The Museum will be open Saturday, February 24 from 10 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. The Greenville Chamber of Commerce will conduct a ribbon cutting at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. A brief program will follow. DeMoulin retirees, current and former employees are invited for a reunion on Sunday which will include a group photo at 2:30 p.m. Free refreshments will be served both days.

DeMoulin Museum will be closed temporarily during our move

DeMoulin Museum Temporarily Closed Between Oct 28, 2017 and Feb 22, 2018

(October 23, 2017) - Beginning Saturday, Oct. 28 we will be moving to our new location in the former Central Christian Church, at the corner of Prairie and South streets. There is work to be done before the museum reopens.
  New displays will be created and space for them needs to be prepared, along with some electrical upgrades and other remodeling. The integrity and history of the building is important and will remain intact. We are tentatively planning on a grand opening weekend February 23-25, 2018.

DeMoulin Museum Receives Donation from FNB

(September 21, 2017) - The DeMoulin Museum’s fundraising campaign received a major boost Wednesday, September 20th as The First National Bank donated $5,000. A brief check presentation was held at the museum. Since early August, the DeMoulin Museum has been raising money for the purchase and renovation of the former Central Christian Church building. The museum has outgrown its current building due to the number of large tour groups coming to visit and the artifacts being added to the collection.
  Mike Radliff, First National Bank President/CEO, commented, “We are proud to be a supporter of the DeMoulin Museum as it moves forward to this new chapter. The museum continues to attract visitors to Greenville from outside the region and the new building will benefit that mission.”
  Dusty Bauer, Branch Manager for FNB’s Greenville facility, added, “The First National Bank is always looking for ways to benefit our community and the DeMoulin Museum is a big part of our local tourism.”
  Members of the DeMoulin Museum Board of Directors and volunteers participated in the check presentation. Also attending was Dee McQuiston, great granddaughter of Edmond DeMoulin, founder of the factory the museum celebrates.
DeMoulin Museum volunteers participated in the check presentation Members of the DeMoulin Museum Board of Directors participated in the check presentation

DeMoulin Museum Featured in Unique List

GoBankingRates Your Cost to See the 16 Weirdest Museum Attractions website screenshot. (September 17, 2017) - When your museum spotlights artifacts like the Lifting and Spanking Machine and the Ferris Wheel Goat, you should probably expect to attract some attention. Recently, the DeMoulin Museum in Greenville, Illinois was featured in an article about the “16 Weirdest Museum Attractions” on the website The article proclaims the DeMoulin Museum as “one of the best free places you can visit in America”. The museums highlighted are in the United States, Germany and Japan.
  Museum Curator John Goldsmith said, “We had been contacted by gobankingrates requesting a photo for a feature they were doing. We had no idea what the article was about or what they were going to say. To be ranked among the museums on their list is not only an honor but also a great opportunity to attract more visitors to our community.”
  Goldsmith noted that many of the museums making the list, like the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC and the Mutter Museum in Philadelphia, are often featured on the television show Mysteries at the Museum.
  Over the last two years, national exposure for the DeMoulin Museum has increased, thanks in large part to the website Roadside America. Since posting its review of the museum, in which it was rated “major fun”, a significant increase in out of state visitors has been seen. “Roadside America opened a lot of doors for us,” Goldsmith said.
  The DeMoulin Museum is dedicated to the founders, employees and unique products of DeMoulin Bros. & Co. The factory was founded in 1892 as a manufacturer of regalia and paraphernalia for fraternal lodges. The company’s niche was fraternal initiation devices. DeMoulin is still in busy today as the nation’s leading maker of marching band uniforms.

GoFundMe Campaign

DeMoulin Museum Pursuing New Home

(July 31, 2017) - Since its opening on March 20, 2010, the DeMoulin Museum in Greenville, Illinois has welcomed over 7,000 visitors from over 40 states and several foreign countries. With its success has come growing pains. Following a year-long search, the DeMoulin Museum Board of Directors recently voted to pursue a new home.
  According to John Goldsmith, Museum Curator, the Board has issued a letter of intent to buy the Central Christian Church, located at the corner of Prairie and South Streets in Greenville. The church, built in 1882, was originally home to the Grace Episcopal Church. When the congregation disbanded in 1952, the building sat vacant until it was purchased in March 1963 by the Central Christian Church. They moved the church from Third Street to its present location. The Central Christian Church has not held services since the beginning of this year.
Central Christian Church building located at the corner of Prairie and South Streets in Greenville.   DeMoulin Museum Board Chairman Don Adamski explained the reason why the museum is relocating. “With the continued success the museum has experienced as well as our growing collection of artifacts we’ve been seeking a larger location. This opportunity is ideal for the museum so the board decided to pursue it. I look forward to our continued growth in the new location as it will also attract more and more visitors to Greenville.”
  Goldsmith said the museum would utilize the sanctuary and addition. “This building opens opportunities for us to create new displays, enhance existing ones, and host larger tour groups and events.”
  Adamski said the challenge is raising funds for the purchase and renovation of the building. “I believe the generosity of the community will help us succeed in that effort.”
  Because of the museum’s popularity across the country, hopes are high that outside donors will also become involved. A series of traditional fundraising activities will be announced in the weeks to come. The museum needs to raise $35,000 to cover the purchase and renovation of the property. Additional funds collected will be invested in upgrading and enhancing displays. The goal is to have the money needed in place by the end of the year.
  “We are excited to have the opportunity to be the caretakers of this wonderful old church,” Goldsmith noted. “Our intention is to tell the DeMoulin story while maintaining the charm of the building.”

Tyler Dale from History Channel's "American Restoration"

(June 18, 2017) - In 2014, David Copperfield had two of his DeMoulin initiation devices restored by the guys on History Channel's "American Restoration". The pieces were the Ferris Wheel Goat and the Knife Throwing Board. Tyler Dale from "American Restoration" was in Greenville for the annual Greenville Graffiti Car Show and visited the DeMoulin Museum over the weekend and checked out our Knife Throwing Board and made a new friend of Wink-a-dink. It was truly a thrill having Tyler visit.
Had fun Saturday evening giving Tyler Dale of American Restoration fame a private tour of the DeMoulin Museum including our Knife Throwing Board. During his visit, we gave Tyler a special tour of the DeMoulin Museum. Tyler poses with his new friend Wink-a-dink.

DeMoulin Museum Hosting Family Reunion

DeMoulin Museum Hosting Family Reunion Poster (Tuesday, June 13, 2017) - The DeMoulin Museum in Greenville, Illinois is hosting a DeMoulin family reunion on Saturday, July 1 and Sunday, July 2. A number of activities are planned. The reunion is open to all descendants and relatives of Elisha and Marie DeMoulin, whose children were Sephora, Evangeline, Clara, Erastus, Ulysses and Ed. The three sons were the founders of the DeMoulin Bros. & Co. factory, which today is the nation's leading maker of marching band uniforms.
            On Saturday, July 1 family members will meet at 10:30 a.m. for a tour and program at the DeMoulin Museum, 110 W. Main in Greenville. The group will have lunch together then visit Montrose and Mt. Auburn cemeteries to view family burial sites. There will also be a driving tour of DeMoulin homes and former locations of the DeMoulin Bros. factory.
            Activities on Sunday, July 2 begin with breakfast followed by a tour of the Jamestown Cemetery and Sebastapol, where the DeMoulin brothers lived prior to moving to Greenville. The reunion will conclude with a tour of the potential future home of the DeMoulin Museum.
            John Goldsmith, DeMoulin Museum curator, said the reunion is being held in celebration of the DeMoulin factory's 125th anniversary. The event also falls on the same weekend as Bond County's Bicentennial party. “Since we opened seven years ago, the museum has been visited by many DeMoulin descendants,” Goldsmith explained. “This is our chance to bring together those who've never met.”
            For more information on the DeMoulin family reunion, contact the DeMoulin Museum at (618) 664-4115 or email Those planning on attending are asked to contact the museum to RSVP. You are also encouraged to bring family photos and stories to share.
            View the DeMoulin Family Reunion event on Facebook!

DeMoulin Museum Announces June Events

DeMoulin Bros. & Co. 125th anniversary celebration Logo (Wednesday, May 31, 2017) - June will be a busy month at the DeMoulin Museum. Coinciding with the summer travel season, the museum's expanded hours are underway. Visitors can stop by Fridays from 1 to 3 pm, Saturdays from 10 am to 2 pm, and Sundays from 2 to 4 pm through August 27. The museum was recently ranked number four on a list of "25 Strange Museums in the USA" by the website
            The DeMoulin Museum will have extended hours Friday, June 23 in conjunction with DeMoulin Bros. & Co.'s 125th anniversary celebration. While the factory will be open for tours and refreshments that day, the museum will be open from 1 to 5 pm. You are encouraged to visit the factory first then stop by the DeMoulin Museum to learn more about the company's fascinating history.
            This year also marks the 120th anniversary of DeMoulin manufacturing its first set of band uniforms. Made in May 1897 for the Greenville Concert Band, these uniforms paved the way for the factory’s future. To honor this important moment in company history, the museum will be open Thursday, June 29 from 6 to 8:30 pm. The Greenville Municipal Band will perform at 7 that night on the courthouse grounds. DeMoulin Museum curator John Goldsmith will speak at the concert about the band’s connection to DeMoulin Bros. & Co. Complimentary punch and cookies will be served at the museum prior to and after the concert.
            Plans are underway for a DeMoulin family reunion July 1 and 2. Details will be released soon.

Meet The Easter Bunny April 15th 10am-11am

Eat At Wes's April 21st 11am-1pm
Bring your appetite and take a to-go bag as well! Most menu items freeze well for another day!

Eat At Joe's February 21st 4p-9p

DeMoulin Museum Receives Monetary Donation

IN THE PHOTO - Left to Right: Jill Franks, BCCF board member; Alan Gaffner, BCCF board chair; Esther Henry, museum board member; John Goldsmith, museum curator; Kami Suess, Greenville Tourism director and BCCF board member; and Liz Heinzmann, museum treasurer and BCCF board member.

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BCCF board members and Museum board members at check presentation ceremony January 31, 2017

(Tuesday, January 31, 2017) - The DeMoulin Museum has received a $500 donation from anonymous donors through the Bond County Community Foundation. The check was presented Tuesday afternoon during a brief ceremony at the museum. John Goldsmith, museum curator, thanked the donors, "We greatly appreciate their support. It's good to know that there are people out there who believe in the value of our mission."
            Mayor Alan Gaffner, who serves as the chairman of the Bond County Community Foundation board, complimented the museum's board and volunteers for preserving the history of DeMoulin Bros. & Co., which is celebrating its 125th anniversary this year. Gaffner also congratulated the museum on becoming a popular attraction for out-of-town visitors.
            Goldsmith noted that since opening in March 2010, the DeMoulin Museum has drawn 6,442 visitors. According to Goldsmith, of the museum's 861 visitors last year, at least 75% of them came from outside of Bond County. He said over 20 tour groups visited the museum in 2016.
            According to Goldsmith the growing number of tour groups and the steady acquisition of artifacts have led to a lack of space. "For the last several months, we've been considering a variety of options from renovating our current building to searching for a larger location. Whatever route is decided, today's donation is a springboard towards a fundraising campaign that we hope will assure the museum will remain open to be enjoyed by those of all ages."
            The DeMoulin Museum is a not-for-profit organization under the umbrella of the Bond County Community Foundation. For more information about becoming a DeMoulin Museum donor, call or email - find contact info on the Contact Us page.

First DeMoulin Museum Calendar, featuring four early 1900s photos of the DeMoulin factory.

DeMoulin Calendars Now Available

(Thursday, December 1, 2016) - For the first time in its history, the DeMoulin Museum has released a limited edition calendar featuring four early 1900s photos of the DeMoulin factory. Two of the photos are being published for the first time. The calendar coincides with DeMoulin Bros. & Co.'s 125th anniversary. The calendars are being offered as a free gift to anyone making a minimum $5.00 donation to the DeMoulin Museum, which is a 501(c)3 under the Bond County Community Foundation. To make a donation or for more information about the calendar, call the DeMoulin Museum at (618) 664-4115, email at Contact Page or send a message to the museum's Facebook page. The calendar was created by 3-Point Ink of Greenville.

A portion of the recent donation of items from Carlyle, Illinois's Odd Fellows lodge

DeMoulin Museum Recieves Large IOOF Donation

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(Sunday, November 27, 2016) - The DeMoulin Museum has received an unprecedented donation of vintage Independent Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF) regalia---many of the pieces in nearly mint condition. The items were recently found by the children of the late Robert Beckemeyer in a shed on his rural Carlyle property. Mr. Beckemeyer, a grain and dairy farmer, led a life of service including membership in the Southern Illinois Antique Power Club, Wheatfield Fire Protection District, and 60 years in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
            When Carlyle's IOOF Lodge #38 sold its original building in the 1980s, Mr. Beckemeyer saved most of the organization's DeMoulin-made outfits, packing them in wood crates nestled among moth balls, where they stayed until a few weeks ago. Upon discovering the Odd Fellows artifacts, Beckemeyer's children contacted Bob Seiffert, a current member of the chapter. With the blessing of the IOOF Grand Lodge of Illinois, Seiffert offered the collection to the DeMoulin Museum.
            "This is truly one of the most amazing artifact donations ever made to the DeMoulin Museum," commented John Goldsmith, museum curator. "Bob Beckemeyer is the hero of this story. He saw the importance of not only saving these Odd Fellows items but packing them in moth balls preserved them in immaculate condition. Although these robes were made in the 1930s, the colors are still vibrant. They look like they were manufactured yesterday."
            The Independent Order of Odd Fellows was one of dozens of fraternal organizations for whom DeMoulin Bros. & Co. manufactured regalia and initiation devices. As Goldsmith explained, the robes were just part of the collection. "We also received the coordinating hats for many of the 20 costumes, ceremonial collars, and even a pair of leather sandals featuring the DeMoulin stamp."
            The collection is now being catalogued with plans for a special display to be unveiled in early 2017.

Trudy and Roy Ballinger of Rochester, Illinois (DeMoulin Museum visitors 6000 and 6001)

Our 6000th Visitor has Arrived; Another Great Day at the Goat Museum!

(Monday, September 5, 2016) - The DeMoulin Museum is thrilled to announce that Trudy Ballinger of Rochester, Illinois was our 6000th visitor since we opened on March 20, 2010. Trudy and her husband, Roy (our 6001th visitor!), saw the DeMoulin Museum featured on Channel 20 in Springfield and made us part of their trip along the Historic National Road in Illinois. For being our 6000th visitor, Trudy received a museum t-shirt and mug.

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DeMoulin Museum curator, John Goldsmith, demonstrates the trick to the sliding stairs.

Sliding Stairs New Artifact at DeMoulin Museum

(Monday, August 29, 2016) - The DeMoulin Museum, located in downtown Greenville, Illinois, has added another strange lodge initiation item to its arsenal. The Sliding Stairs, manufactured by DeMoulin Bros. & Co. during its fraternal period in the early 1900s, could be the museum's rarest piece. Museum staff believe very few were manufactured due to the size and nature of the device.
            “It's remarkable the factory sold any of them,” observed John Goldsmith, DeMoulin Museum curator. “The blindfolded candidate sat upon the top step of the stairs. A lodge member would trip the mechanism causing the steps to collapse, resulting in the candidate quickly sliding to the bottom. All of our volunteers agree the users of this device must have sustained a few injuries.”
            As was the norm for DeMoulin initiation devices, a blank cartridge was also discharged and a bell would ring.
            The contraption was purchased from an Austin, Texas antique dealer who found it in a store in Indiana, where it was about to be used as a display shelf. Fortunately the Texas dealer identified it as possibly being a DeMoulin device and immediately contacted the museum. “I'm not sure what amazes me more---that the DeMoulin Sliding Stairs exists or the good fortune that brought it to us,” Goldsmith noted.

(Above Right: DeMoulin Museum curator, John Goldsmith, demonstrates the trick to the sliding stairs.)
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DeMoulin Museum volunteer Gina Lewis afixes window cling announcing Shopper Award status.

Thanks For Choosing Us!

(Sunday, July 31, 2016) - We're proud to be your choice as Bond County's Best Summer Fun Place and Best Family Fun Place! (Bond & Fayette County Shopper poll)

(Right: DeMoulin Museum volunteer places a Best in Bond County window cling on the museum's door.)

Gown Worn By Legendary Actress Now On Display

(Monday, July 25, 2016) - In its 124 year history, DeMoulin Bros & Co. has manufactured outfits for famous entertainers like cowboy movie star Tom Mix, lion tamer Mabel Stark, and singer CeeLo Green. The DeMoulin Museum has recently obtained a doctoral gown made for Ruby Dee, one of the most respected actresses and humanitarians in show business history.
            Dee, who was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 2007's American Gangster, was a Grammy, Emmy, and Obie award winner. She was also a National Medal of Arts, Kennedy Center Honors and Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award recipient. Among her other famous films were The Jackie Robinson Story, A Raisin in the Sun, and Do the Right Thing. In 1969, she was a regular on the TV show Peyton Place. She was married to Ossie Davis, with whom she often worked, until his death in 2005.
            The robe was purchased at Ms. Dee's estate sale by a woman who then sold it to the DeMoulin Museum. Prior to agreeing to the purchase, the museum did extensive homework verifying the gown's authenticity.
            “We've been able to document four occasions when Ruby Dee wore this gown while receiving special honors,” explained John Goldsmith, DeMoulin Museum curator. “The first was in 1982 when she received an honorary degree from Howard University. The others were in 1991 from Spelman College, 2009 from Princeton University and 2011 from Dartmouth. Three photos have been located showing her in the gown.”
            Goldsmith said he believes the gown was manufactured by DeMoulin in 1976. The actress's name was embroidered on the inside. The remaining mystery is why the robe was originally made for her?
            From the 1920s until 1982, the DeMoulin factory had a very successful cap and gown and choir robe division. The Ruby Dee doctoral gown, which will be featured in a permanent display, is a highlight from this era in the company's history.
            “There are no words to explain how excited we are to have this artifact on display. Ruby Dee was a giant in show business but more importantly a legendary figure in the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. I'm thrilled that this lady's life intersected with DeMoulin Bros. & Co.”
DeMoulin Museum volunteers Gina Lewis (l) and Esther Henry (r) prepare Ruby Dee's doctoral gown for display.
DeMoulin Museum volunteers Gina Lewis (l) and Esther Henry (r) prepare Ruby Dee's doctoral gown for display.
The DeMoulin manufacturing label inside the gown with Ms. Dee's name embroidered below it.
The DeMoulin manufacturing label inside the gown with Ms. Dee's name embroidered below it.

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Time Clock manufactured circa 1900

Time Clock Loaned to DeMoulin Museum

(Thursday, June 2, 2016) - Thanks to the generosity of an employee of DeMoulin Brothers & Co., the DeMoulin Museum has a piece of company history on display. The factory's original time clock, manufactured around 1900 by the Cincinnati Time Recorder Company, was recently loaned to the museum by Mark Brooke. The company's technical manager since 1992, Brooke was given the time clock around twenty years ago by Bill DeMoulin, retired company president. Brooke said he “worked on and off for a year” restoring the clock's original internal components. After having the time clock as the center piece of the music room in his home, Brooke decided it was time to share it with the DeMoulin Museum's visitors.
            “The stories this artifact could tell,” commented John Goldsmith, DeMoulin Museum curator.“Our best guess is this time clock was used through the early 1950s, which means some of the great characters from DeMoulin history used it.”
            One of the time clock's unique features is a series of cigarette burns on its ledge. Brooke suspects employees placed their lit cigarettes on the ledge while clocking in.
            Because the clock still works, the hope is to recreate DeMoulin time cards for visitors to clock in and out with and keep as souvenirs.

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Phenomenal volunteers!

Cookout Makes History, Proceeds to Fund Building Renovations

(Saturday, April 16, 2016) - The DeMoulin Museum held a successful cookout fundraiser on Friday, April 15. Thanks to the hard work of Chef Wes Pourchot and his team plus our phenomenal volunteers, the DeMoulin Museum raised $1,850.25. Our deepest gratitude to everyone who stopped by and bought a pork burger, bratwurst, or butterfly chop.

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DeMoulin Museum Receives Unique Masonic Donation

(Sunday, February 21, 2016) - Greenville Masonic Lodge 245 AF & AM has donated a set of vintage aprons made by DeMoulin Bros. & Co. The aprons were found last fall in storage at the lodge's former home on the Greenville square. Preparing for the move to their new location on College Avenue, members of the lodge suggested donating the aprons to the DeMoulin Museum. DeMoulin Bros. & Co. made a variety of things for Masonic lodges including aprons, furniture, and regalia. The aprons will be featured in a special display this spring.
Trying on a piece of their past during the brief presentation ceremony Sunday, February 21. Bob Kirkman, Merle Scott, and Kenneth Henry of the Greenville Masonic Lodge, book-ended by John Goldsmith and Gina Lewis of the DeMoulin Museum.
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Ultimate Redbirds Fan Night proceeds to benefit DeMoulin Museum.

Baseball Program To Benefit DeMoulin Museum

(Tuesday, March 29, 2016) - A special program entitled “The Ultimate Redbirds Fan Night” will be held Thursday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. with proceeds to benefit the DeMoulin Museum. The program is being hosted by museum curator John Goldsmith at his home and will include a tour of his extensive St. Louis Cardinals and St. Louis Browns collection, the showing of the 1982 World Series highlights film, and refreshments. Tickets are $20 each and a limited number will be sold. The deadline to purchase tickets is 5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 6. Tickets may be reserved by calling the DeMoulin Museum at 664-4115 or emailing Click Here to read the full Press Release.


(Monday, December 21, 2015) - The DeMoulin Museum saw 1,294 visitors pass through its doors in 2015, surpassing the previous high set in its inaugural year of 2010. John Goldsmith, museum curator, said Greenville's Bicentennial weekend, bus tours, school tours, and national publicity on two travel websites were factors in setting the record.
            Since opening March 20, 2010 the DeMoulin Museum has welcomed 5,564 visitors from around 40 states. "For a museum that's only open on weekends or by appointment, we're thrilled with the response we've had over our first five years," Goldsmith commented.
            The museum will be closed for the holidays and reopen Saturday, January 9, 2016. Anyone wishing to schedule a tour over the holidays may call (618) 322-2936.

Ed the Elf rides the Goat!


(Monday, December 21, 2015) - The DeMoulin Museum congratulates the winners in our annual Cardinals Autograph Raffle (Drawn Dec 18, 2015):
1st place Jeff Alexander (Willie McGee photo)
2nd place Steve Ainscough (Vince Coleman baseball)
3rd place Jace Keaster (Kolten Wong baseball card)

Thanks to everyone who bought tickets in the raffle in support of the DeMoulin Museum!

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DeMoulin Museum in Greenville, Illinois is Roadside America’s Sight Of The Week for Sept. 14-20, 2015
Click to read all about our “Museum of Initiation Pranks”

(Tuesday, September 8, 2015) - Greenville’s 200th Birthday Bash delivered a fun-packed Labor Day weekend of milestones, special visitors, and presentations for the DeMoulin Museum. And the greatest highlight involved anticipated guests from Champaign-Urbana. The University of Illinois Marching Illini under the direction of Barry Houser were in Greenville Sunday, September 6, 2015, for the Bicentennial celebration. After participating in the parade the band performed a brief concert then presented a DeMoulin-made uniform to the DeMoulin Museum. It was another magical moment in the history of the museum and a great day for the DeMoulin Museum, DeMoulin Bros. & Co. factory, and U of I alums.
Marching Illini director Barry Houser (far right) donating an Illini band uniform made by DeMoulin Bros. & Co. A great day for the DeMoulin Museum (represented by curator John Goldsmith - center) and the DeMoulin Bros. factory (represented by Mike Coling, Jr. - far right) Wink-a-dink the DeMoulin Museum goat is also an Illini fan!

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(Wednesday, April 29, 2015)

(Sunday, December 21, 2014) - Congratulations to Janice Romack of Greenville, the winner of the Autographed Cardinal World Series Ticket raffle! The DeMoulin Museum thanks everyone who purchased tickets. All funds raised benefit the museum renovation project.
Cards Ticket Raffle Winner
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(Monday, November 17, 2014) - The DeMoulin Museum, 110 W. Main Street, will offer a fun evening for kids on Saturday, November 29 during the downtown "Come Home For Christmas". The museum will be open from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m. for tours. At 6:00 p.m., girls ages 10 and under can enter an Elsa look-a-like contest. Elsa is one of the central characters in Disney’s animated film Frozen. There is no cost to enter the contest. Prizes will be awarded to the top three entries selected by the judges. Kids can also meet and have their picture taken with another Disney legend, Woody from Toy Story, from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.


(Monday, November 3, 2014) - The DeMoulin Museum is raffling a 1982 World Series replica ticket autographed by Ozzie Smith, Willie McGee, Keith Hernandez, and Tom Herr. The ticket is 3.75 inches wide by 14 inches tall. Tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The winner will be randomly drawn on December 17. All proceeds will benefit renovations to the DeMoulin Museum. To purchase raffle tickets, contact the DeMoulin Museum at (618) 664-4115.
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(Tuesday, April 15, 2014) - Mike Zohn, one of the stars of Science Channel's "Oddities" and co-owner of Obscura Antiques and Oddities in New York, visited Greenville, Illinois and the DeMoulin Museum on Saturday, March 29, 2014. Zohn toured the DeMoulin Bros. Factory, signed autographs and presented a program about his store and TV show.
Signing Autographs Touring DeMoulin Factory
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