Welcome to Waterman!

oldpicwatermanIn this original prairie town the first settlers lived in abandoned teepees before their homes were built Pottawatomie Indians lived southwest of Waterman when the first settlers arrived in 1835.

Surveyed and plotted in March of 1872, the town was named in honor of Daniel Waterman, General Solicitor of the Chicago and Iowa Railroad which reached Waterman in December of 1870.

Through the years, Waterman has developed many family traditions and welcomes all to share in its historic claims and family atmosphere.  

Waterman Area Heritage Society Museum – Organized in 1994 by a group of citizens who wanted to preserved the history of Waterman and the family heritage of this town in DeKalb County, Illinois.  The museum is open Saturday’s from 1-3pm.  Check out their facebook page!

Babysitting Classes

Child and Babysitting Safety (CABS)


Hinckley Parks & Recreation is very excited to be partnering with Second Chance Cardiac Solutions again for this program!


Are you thinking about starting a career in babysitting? This fun, interactive class teaches babysitting basics and is designed to focus on supervising, caring for and keeping children and infants safe in babysitting settings. Learn fundamental information in the business of babysitting, proper supervision, basic care-giving skills and how to respond properly to ill or injured children or infants. This class also includes practice in CPR and relief of choking. All materials provided.


You must register for this program no later than Tuesday, May 14th. Questions? Contact Kari Schaddelee, Coordinator. (815) 739-1336 or parksandrec@hinckleyil.com.


Sunday, May 19th
1:00 – 5:00pm
Hinckley Community Building (Upper Meeting Room)
Ages 11 – 15 $45/person Min 6 / Max 20

QSalon Quinns Grooming Parlour

QSalon Quinns Grooming Parlour will be opening up on Cedar St. in Waterman around May 14th, 2019! Stop in and check them out!

Donation Station

Donation Station

The Donation Station is open to ANYONE

in the community in need of food or

personal hygiene items! No questions asked!  Stop in!

If you would like to donate to the pantry,

drop your donations off during office hours!

“Community Helping Community”

DeKalb County Barn Tour

2019 DeKalb County Barn Tour

The barn tour 2019 will be in Victor Township which is at the mid-point of the southern county line for DeKalb County!

This year the tour is August 10, 2019 from 9am-4pm. Maps will be posted as soon as they are available.

The DeKalb County Barn Tour is a one-day driving tour of barn sites within DeKalb County hosted by the DeKalb Area Agricultural Heritage Association, Inc. and the JF Glidden Homestead & Historical Center. Participants will receive a map and guide book containing hand-drawn sketches of each barn as well as the barn’s history, style and use. For an additional price, five-year anniversary books will be available. Participants drive to each location in any order for a tour of the barn(s). Purchase your event ticket at any of the eight locations. Be aware that this is an outdoor activity that may involve walking on uneven ground.  Admission is $25 per vehicle (buses extra) (museum members receive a $5 discount).

Indian Creek Music Department

Indian Creek HS & MS Fine Arts Festival & Spring concerts are coming up on April 24th, 2019 and May 1st, 2019. Please support your local school and students by attending their programs. Tell your neighbors and bring a friend!

Pork Chop Dinner

Pork Chop Dinner
May 3, 2019
@ Waterman United Methodist Church

Grow-Mobile

DCCG is bringing the Grow-Mobile to Waterman on May 14th from 4-6pm.
They will be at the Rt. 30 Parking Lot (across from Houlahans)
FREE FOOD!!!
Come and get some food!

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

If you are looking for volunteer opportunities this summer here are a few ideas:

Waterman Area Heritage Society

Waterman Area Heritage Society Museum is at
180 West Lincoln Highway, Waterman, Illinois 60556 

Phone: 815-264-3461    

Waterman Heritage Society
Lincoln Highway
Waterman, IL


Museum Hours are Saturday 1-3PM or by calling 815-264-7717 for an appointment.  

Exhibits A model replica of the Battleship Parade Float of the 1930’s , the USS Illinois and other memorabilia from the Eakle Family of Waterman on loan from the Joey Eakle Clark family.  This model was built to scale by Joey’s husband, Jack Clark, in memory of her family.  When Joey passed in 2009, the family loaned it to the Waterman Museum for display where it feels right at home.

A display and memorabilia of former Waterman graduate, Clayton Kirkpatrick, Jr., former Editor of the Chicago Tribune.Most of the original equipment from John Kitner’s Barber Shop including chair, counters and mirror, cash register, as well as many posters. 

Jack Smiley’s uniform and other items from his days at University of Illinois “Whiz Kid” and professional basketball player.

Memorabilia of Duane Swanson, a member of the U.S. Gold Medal Olympic Basketball team in Berlin in 1936.
 
There is also an area reserved for items from the DeKalb Ag., whose first production plant was in Waterman. 

Phones – We are the only museum in DeKalb County with a telephone display of this magnitude. Phones and artifacts from the early 1900’s to present day. Bill Hinkstan Telephone Pioneer Club and other Waterman area people have donated phones and other telephone related items.

We have the ‘Coverlet’, a flax-spun blanket made in 1830, by Olive Parkhurst Wilcox, mother of Cynthia Wilcox Greeley, and grandmother to Rose Greeley Phelps. 

Our display cases were partially funded by the DeKalb County Community Foundation.