Join Our Partnership to
Help Restore The Gustave Koerner House
With your support the Koerner House will take its rightful place among the crown jewels of Illinois historic sites.
Print and fill out this Online FormYou are cordially invited to join our partnership. Your tax-exempt gift will accomplish two important things:
- it will contribute to the total dollars we must raise for renovations detailed on this website, and
- it will assure grantmakers that this project has the enthusiastic support of the community — residents, local historians, preservationists, Lincoln enthusiasts, Civil War buffs, genealogists, educators, -and all who will benefit from this unique interpretive site.
Please consider a contribution. We will be most grateful for whatever you can give.
The restoration of Belleville’s Gustave Koerner home, on Mascoutah Avenue at Abend Street, will stand as a testament to one of Belleville’s most illustrious citizens. Koerner joined Abraham Lincoln, Horace Greeley and others who, fired by the passions of the times, came together to create the Republican Party in 1856. Koerner became a close Lincoln confidant, helped write the 1860 Republican Party platform, and managed Lincoln’s drive to the presidential nomination at the party’s convention. Koerner was an ardent anti-slavery proponent and, as a German emigre, played a key role in allying western America’s German population with the Union cause.The Koerner House Restoration Committee engaged a team of consultants who prepared a Historic Structure Report. Selective demolition of the structure’s modern components commenced in May 2005. Once complete, the home will be opened as a museum, where Koerner’s life and political career will be interpreted.