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Simpkins Military History Museum

605 East Cole Street, Heyworth, IL 61745


The personal collection of Gary Simpkins includes artifacts from the Civil War, Spanish-American War, World War I and II, Korean War, Vietnam War, Cold War and Desert Storm.

The collection started out in his bedroom and then moved to the basement. Upon relocating to Heyworth he was able to build a permanent building to house the museum. The collection became a permanent museum and opened on March 19, 1989.

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