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Formed in 1986


The Golden Historical Society is a group of volunteers dedicated to restoring and preserving the Prairie Mills Windmill. 

Our mission is “to secure the necessary funding and build the necessary community support which will enable Golden to achieve its goal of restoring the Windmill to functioning capacity. We will create a viable tourism environment which will sustain the Windmill and related businesses in the surrounding area.

The Society was instrumental in saving the Prairie Mills Windmill from being sold and moved to another community.  They conducted a fund drive, purchased the Prairie Mills Windmill, established a general artifacts museum and developed plans to restore the mill.

In 1988 the Society also purchased the Emminga Bank Building in Golden.  The building was renovated with the help of an Illinois Historic Preservation Agency grant and housed a Railroad Museum until the spring of 2000.

In 1994 the Society purchased the former bowling alley, an attachment to the windmill building structure.  This facility is now a large banquet hall for fundraisers and community events.

The Society is membership-based organization and is led by a volunteer board of directors.  The Society's annual meeting is normally held on the second Monday of April each year.

Join the golden historical society

Be a part of windmill history and join the Golden Historical Society.  Anyone can join!

We are always looking for people interested in learning about the windmill as well as the history of the Golden, Illinois area and who wants to share that knowledge with others.  Members learn about the unique history of the mill, its design, how to operate and maintain the windmill.  Members may also help with restoration efforts.

Annual dues are $25.00 per person or $40 per family per calendar year (January 1 –December 31).

We welcome new members!  Please click the button below for a membership form (Adobe Acrobat reader required), complete it and send it with your dues payment to the following address:

Golden Historical Society - Membership
PO Box 148
Golden, IL  62339-0148

The Prairie Mills Windmill and the Golden Museum are open for tours on weekends beginning from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.

Weekend hours:

  •      1 PM to 4 PM on Saturdays
  •      1 PM to 4 PM on Sundays

Admission Fee:  We do not charge an admission fee; we welcome and appreciate any contributions.


We welcome tours at other times by appointment.  Several GHS members live nearby and can provide a tour with little notice, schedule permitting.

TOURS FOR LARGE GROUPS (over 10 people)

Please contact us in advance to schedule tours for all groups over 10 people.  We also offer tour/lunch combinations for large groups.


We’ll give individual tours by chance if a board member is present and time permits.

Tour Schedule

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FOR MORE INFORMATION Contact the following for more information or to schedule a tour:

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