The Sangamon County Historical Society is one of the largest of its ilk in the state of Illinois. It draws membership mainly from Sangamon County in Central Illinois, but also includes individuals from across the United States who have ties to this area or who are interested in Illinois history.

Our fiscal year runs from June 1 to May 31. All membership levels in the Society (Regular at $30), Pioneer ($100), Settler ($250), Trailblazer ($500), and Life (a one-time fee of $700), cover related individuals 16 and over living in the same household. Student membership ($20) is for high school or college age students living away from home inasmuch as it provides them with mailed copies of our monthly newsletter (Historico), and access to member-only events on their return to their communities. 

JOINING or RENEWING ON LINE: You can join the Society one of two ways, the easiest being to sign up online by going to our 

All of our online payments are securely handled through Pay Pal, but you can use your regular credit card or existing Pay Pal account. 
If you wish to pay online, click on the "Buy Now" button to select your level of membership. This will take you to a Pay Pal page that will ask you whether you want to pay with an existing Pay Pal account or with a debit or credit card. 

If you do not have a Pal Pal account, you will be taken to the Pay Pal Guest Checkout where you will be asked to provide your card information, billing address, contact information and phone number. 

In either case, after you click the Pay Now button, you will be taken to our Thank-You page. It contains a PDF form for you to download seeking additional details for our membership records. You can fill it out online, save it, and then e-mail it to us, or download it, fill it out and send it to us by regular mail at SCHS, Box 9744, Springfield, IL 62791-9744

Once we receive the form, we will send you a notice electronically or by regular mail that your membership has been activated.

BY MAIL: You can download the Membership Information form here, print it and mail it with your check to SCHS, Box 9744, Springfield, IL 62791-9744

IN PERSON: Membership forms are available at all Society programs and meetings. Fill out the form and attach it to your check that should be made payable to the Sangamon County Historical Society. Cash can also be accepted.

WHAT'S ON THE MEMBERSHIP FORM? In addition to the standard name, mailing address, phone and e-mail, the Society needs to know some additional information about your membership that cannot be provided through the credit card/Pay Pal payment system such as the full names of those covered by your membership fee. Other questions may relate to your interests and skills. Your answers help the Society shape its programs and policies and offer opportunities to become more fully engaged in its activities.

ADDING A MAIDEN NAME: At the urging to genealogists, we are, for the first time, including space on the form for spouses to provide their maiden name as well as married name if they wish to do so and will include that information in our records and on the list of members we publish annually. We believe that information will be of significant value to future researchers and genealogists in their research.

SECURING MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION: The Society does not store its membership records on line nor does it share or sell its mailing list. All information is considered confidential and access is strictly limited.

GIVING A GIFT OF MEMBERSHIP: Membership in the Society makes an excellent birthday, graduation, or holiday gift for students, family members, neighbors and friends with an interest in local history. To order a gift of membership, contact the Society at schsoffice@gmail.com or call 217-525-1961.We will acknowledge your gift with a letter to the recipient. .


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