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The Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society is the private nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable support organization of the Rock Island Arsenal Museum. The society's goal is to support the programs of the museum and the museum's mission to illustrate Arsenal Island history; its local and national contributions and impacts; and its activities in war and peace.

The organizations was established in 1972 to: Bring together people interested in history, especially the history of Rock Island Arsenal; Further an understanding of Arsenal Island and contributions made here to local, state and national governments; discover and collect any material which may help to establish or illustrate Arsenal Island history and: Its environs, its settlement/development, its activities in peace and war, and its contributions to education, art, science, culture, manufacturing, trade, and transportation; provide for the preservation of such material and for their accessibility; assist and cooperate with persons desiring to use such materials for research and creative work.

The organization seeks to preserve historic buildings, monuments, and markers; disseminate historical information; conduct historical research; provide informal educational programs; provide financial assistance to students of American history in the form of scholarships; and Cooperate with other historical societies, libraries and museums, and governmental departments of records, archives, and history in furthering the interests of historical research, study, and the preservation of historical material and objects.

Help tell the story of the 108th United States Colored Troops by donating today!

In support of the exhibit renovation at the Rock Island Arsenal Museum, we're raising funds for a reproduction uniform of a soldier of the 108th United States Colored Troops – a unit comprised of former slaves and freemen – who served as guards during the Civil War at Rock Island Prison Barracks. Learn more about the 108th USCT here.

All donations over $10 will receive a free 1-year membership to the Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society. All donations over $50 will receive an exclusive "First Look" pass to view the new museum exhibits prior to being open to the public.

Graphic talking about the 108th US Colored Troops fundraiser

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Mailing Address:

Rock Island Arsenal Historical Society
P.O. Box 3001
Rock Island, IL 61204-3001