Sitting high atop a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in Thebes, Illinois is the
1848 Courthouse. Standing 165 years, it is a testament to architect Henry Ernst Barkhausen, who was awarded the contract for designing and supervising the erection of the Thebes Courthouse in 1845. This landmark was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.
As a tax exempt nonprofit organization, your donations are tax deductible and are always used to fulfill our purpose. The purpose of the Thebes Historical Society is to preserve and maintain this historical courthouse and to maintain the photos, historical artifacts, books
and documents held within. Our members are unpaid volunteers and open the courthouse for visitors and public tours, for which there is no admission fee.
The courthouse will be closing for the season after the Tour de Shawnee on Oct. 22, 2016. We are currently open for tours on Saturdays from 10 AM - 1 PM and on Sundays from 1 PM to 3 PM.
We regret to announce that we must cancel our Living History Day event for this October. However, it is for a very positive reason! We are having improvements made to the outside AND inside of the building. Work should begin very soon on the stone steps and walkways around the building as well as on the lower porch. New bookshelves and painting will be done on the inside. If you come to see us we apologize in advance. It is quite a mess right now as we have moved most books from the shelves and piled them here and there to make room for the work to be done. It will look GREAT in the end so we ask for your patience and understanding. Thank you!