Taste of History

October 7, 2023
5:00 – 9:00pm

Tickets are limited! All tickets must be purchased in advance.

The Taste of History event returns Saturday, October 7 from 5pm to 9pm. During this event, you’ll explore five Decatur history sites while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuves and drinks at each location. Each venue represents a business industry pioneer and a piece of Decatur history:

  • Culver House – John Culver: owned a monument business and created an electric company that became Ameren Illinois.
  • Governor Oglesby Mansion – Richard Oglesby: US Senator, veteran, and the only three-time Illinois governor.
  • Hieronymus Mueller Museum – Hieronymus Mueller: invented the tapping machine, which revolutionized the way homes connected to public water systems, and created many products for the water and gas industry that are still manufactured.
  • James Millikin Homestead – James Millikin: a banker, who founded Millikin University.
  • Staley Museum – A.E. Staley: operated the largest corn starch manufacturing plant, which became Tate & Lyle, now operated by Primient.


$40 / person (September 1 – September 25)
$45 / person (after September 25)

This event is for adults age 21 and up. You may purchase tickets for an early discount rate of $40/person beginning in September through the Hieronymus Mueller Museum. Tickets may be purchased in-person during the Hieronymus Mueller Museum’s regular open hours (Tuesday-Saturday from 1-4pm), or online here (available in September).

Space is limited! All tickets must be purchased in advance. All ticket sales will close at 5pm on Friday, October 6. Tickets will not be sold at the door. Since this is a fundraiser, all ticket sales are final.

Parking & Transportation

Primary parking will be at Central Christian Church, located at 650 W. William Street, Decatur. You may pick from three transportation options:

  1. You’re welcome to walk between the sites: There are only a few blocks between each location. See map below.
  2. Ride the trolley: The City of Decatur trolley will provide free, continuous transportation between the five historic sites and the Central Christian Church Parking Lot for the length of the event: from 5pm to 8:45pm.
  3. You may drive yourself between the historic sites, but we recommend reserving this for those with limited mobility. Parking is limited to street parking at most locations.

You can switch between walking, driving, or riding the trolley at any point along the way. (There are no separate trolley tickets or passes required. You can jump on and off at any stop.)

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The Hieronymus Mueller Museum is located near downtown Decatur, at 420 W. Eldorado Street, Decatur, IL. To get to the museum from Decatur, go north on Route 51 and turn left onto Eldorado Street/U.S. 36. The museum will be on your right.

Taste of History is a joint effort between the Culver House, Governor Oglesby Mansion, Hieronymus Mueller Museum, James Millikin Homestead, and Staley Museum. Each venue represents a piece of Decatur’s history dating back to the 1800s. Each venue is a 501(c)(3) non-profit. Funds raised through this event help keep Decatur’s history alive.