Special Features & Services at the Windmill
GHS Speakers Bureau
The Golden Historical Society has a story to tell! Let us speak to your group about the fascinating story of the Prairie Mills Windmill.
To request a speaker by mail, send a request to:
1431 Hemingway Drive
Quincy, IL 62305-9202
Anna Weinke Museum
The Golden Historical Society operates a general artifacts museum behind the Prairie Mills Windmill. The museum proclaims the local history, German heritage, and the agricultural/milling history. The Golden Museum displays a 400 piece windmill collection, antique beauty shop equipment, sleigh, Bibles, books, quilts, clothing, military uniforms, dishes, and other memorabilia.
The Prairie Mills Windmill and the Anna Weinke Museum are open for tours on weekends beginning from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend.
Admission is $3 for adults, $1 for students (6-18 years old).
The Windmill Hall is available for weddings, dinners, and other group events. Formerly a bowling alley, the Windmill Hall is large enough to handle over 200 people for a dinner. Rentals of either half or the entire building are available.
All reservations require a deposit and completion of the Windmill Hall Rental Agreement and Guidelines form, available at the Lord Insurance Service in Golden or online. Click here for the online form.
The restored west wing of the windmill houses a gift shop stocked with windmill-related clothing, china, jewelry, toys and other unique gifts. Contact Shelly Jones at 217-696-2719 for information and hours or for mail orders.
The Gift Shop is open whenever the windmill is open for tours or by appointment. The gift shop is also open during “Christmas at the Mill” that normally occurs on the first Saturday in December.
Brick Park Program
Be a lasting part of the Prairie Mills windmill restoration! Purchase a personalized brick, tree or other landscaping plants for yourself or a loved one. All bricks will be placed in a memorial park just South of the windmill and along walkways.
Please complete and return the order form. Make checks payable to the Golden Historical Society. Order only one brick per order form.
Gift Shop Keepsake Items
The Golden Historical Society recently reprinted the book, "When the Wind Blows" by local author Anna Wienke. Anna is the great-granddaughter of the builder of the mill, Mr. H. R. Emminga.
The book details the Emminga family and the history of the three windmills and one steam mill that operated in the Golden area. "When the Wind Blows" is a must for all mill enthusiasts or anyone interested in local history.
The book is available in hardcover ($10) or softcover ($7.50). For mail orders, please add $8 each for tax and shipping (use the form below). Order Now!
The “Prairie Mills Cookbook” contains 498 recipes contributed by Golden-area chefs. It includes a special section for old-fashioned German recipes. The cost is $15.00 each. For mail orders, add $6.00 postage for each book ordered in the US. Mail orders will be shipped by USPS Priority Mail. Contact us for postage for international orders.
The cookbook is also available in Golden at Lord Insurance or the Golden Public Library. Contact Shelly Jones at 217-696-2719 for mail orders.
The Prairie Mills Windmill Christmas Ornament is available for this years Christmas tree. This beautiful ornament is made from Alderwood and is approximately 4 inches square. The alderwood scent reminds people of Christmas’ past. A red satin ribbon is attached. The cost is $12.00 each.
This ornament is also available at the Golden Public Library or from Shelly Jones at 217-696-2719.