The Highland Historical Society was formed in 1971. Our goals are to bring together people who are interested in history especially Highland history, to promote preservation of historical material and to preserve historical buildings, monuments and markers, to disseminate historical information and arouse interest through articles, meetings and demonstrations, etc.
The Society meets the second Wednesday of January, April, July and October. Membership is $10 for individuals; $20 for families; $50 for sustaining membership, $50 for business associate and $1,000 for life membership. Membership includes a quarterly newsletter. A membership form can be downloaded here.
For further information on membership, contact Maxine Johnson, 618-654-1101 or send a check payable to Highland Historical Society to: PO Box 51, Highland IL 62249. Membership runs from January thru December.
The Society has a number of historical artifacts and also have some books available for purchase.
Centennial History of Highland ($12)
Sesquicentennial History of Highland ($35) - out of print
Mrs. Latzer Kitchen cookbook ($6) out of print
New Switzerland in Illinois ($16.50) - out of print
Journey to New Switzerland ($25) - out of print
Postcards of the Highland Fountain, the Latzer Library, the Latzer Homestead, and Kaeser Park are also available.
For further information, contact Lynn Hargus
President ~ Lynn Hargus
Vice President ~ Clem Koehnemann
Secretary ~ Maxine Johnson
Treasurer ~ Homer Rusteberg
Caretakers ~ Bill & Janet Kraus
Board Members: Sharon Hargus, John Johnson, Jason Hug, Pat & Kim White
Farm Land ~ Rich Trame
P. O Box 51
Highland IL 62249