We, as a people, preserve our history
in order to communicate its lessons for the benefit of both
present and future generations. The City of Zion has a most
unique heritage—one that is worth preserving. An important
part of that heritage is Shiloh House. The Zion Historical
Society is charged with maintaining Shiloh House, a monument
to Zion’s heritage, in honor of those who came before
us and for the benefit of those who will carry us into the
The Zion Historical Society was established in 1967 by
its first president, Wesley Ashland, a successful Zion
jeweler. It consists of a general membership and is governed
by a twelve-member Board of Directors. The Society’s main focus
is maintaining Shiloh House, the home of Zion’s founder, Dr. John Alexander
Dowie. The Society maintains a museum collection in Shiloh House. Artifacts of
the period, many the personal property of the late Dr. and Mrs. Dowie, are on
display. The Society continues to build on its collection through donations of
photographs, documents, and artifacts by both past and present Zion residents.
The Zion Historical Society is headquartered in Shiloh House. The Board of Directors
meets there on the third Wednesday of each month at 5:00 p.m. The public is always
The Society is a not-for-profit membership organization. If
you have an interest in Zion’s History, become a member
and support our activities. Members receive an informative
quarterly newsletter. If you’d like to become a member,
print the application below and mail it with your check, made
payable to the Zion Historical Society, to Zion Historical
Society, 1300 Shiloh Blvd., Zion, IL 60099.
Volunteer your time. Help with tours, landscaping, general
cleaning, special projects and fundraising events is always
Please call (847) 746-2427 and leave a message.
The Society is eager to receive donations to help complete
our research collections. All donations are tax deductible.
Show your support and buy a brick to be laid at Shiloh House!
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