The Windmill Cultural Center (WCC) was dedicated April 2010 and houses an extensive collection of 22 European windmills. The windmills vary in size up to six feet tall.
The collection was designed by Henk and June Hielema of DeMotte, Indiana. Mr. Hielema was employed in Europe and as a hobby; he and June traveled extensively, photographed mills, and returned home to build models of them. The mills are from ten European countries: Belgium, Denmark, England, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Portugal, and The Netherlands. Informative interpretive materials compliment the windmill collection providing unique information on the products produced by windmills, country of origin, windmill specifications, and the cultural impact of windmills.
The Windmill Cultural Center contains a charming gift shop where visitors can purchase fresh stone-ground flour, Delft pottery, and souvenirs of Fulton, the Windmill Cultural Center, and the windmill.
The Education Area can be found at the east end of the Windmill Cultural Center. This room assists visitors who would like to learn more about mills. Groups will be able to enjoy video presentations of the windmill countries and read books about mills. The Education Area also contains children's activities including coloring, puzzles, and toys promoting scientific concepts.
Entrance to the Windmill Cultural Center is free, but donations are appreciated for maintenance and operations.
Special exhibits can be found at the Windmill Cultural Center throughout the year.
Temporary Exhibits 2014:
- May & June: "New Zealand: What Its Souvenirs Reveal"
- July & August: "Dutch Delftware & Pottery"
- September & October: "Focus, Click: Weather Captured"
- November & December: "International Nativity Collection"
The 2014 theme for the Windmill Area is "Life's A Breeze." Programs, exhibits, and youth tours will compliment this weather related theme. 2014 Field Trip/Youth Tour Information See weekly and monthly program information listed below.
Student/School Group Tours:
Adult Group Tours:
To learn more about becoming a member of the Windmill Area, please download the Windmill Area Membership Brochure
2014-2015 Wild Winter Wednesday Programs @ Windmill Cultural Center
Wednesdays in December 2014, January, February, and March 2015 from 9am to 11am. Light refreshments served prior to each program. The events are FREE and the public is welcome to attend.
Dec. 3 "The Christmas Card Affair" with Bill Hannan
Dec. 10 "BBQ-Compete to Create the Best" with Larry & Cheryl Huizenga
Dec. 17 "Music on the Dulcimer & Harp" with Dana Tautz & Selena Markley
Jan. 7 "Traveling through the Panama Canal" with Ron & Connie Koehn
Jan. 14 "Tracking Turtles" with Jeramie Strickland
Jan. 21 "Beekeeping" with Judy Holesinger
Jan. 28 "Changes in Illinois Countryside" with Tom McKay, author West Fork
Feb. 4 "Amelia Earhart" with David Coopman
Feb. 11 "Karneval: German Mardi Gras" with Kathi Hoffman
Feb. 18 "Sandhill Cranes" with Pam Steinhaus
Feb. 25 "Ukulele Connection" with Aaron Johnson & Paul Engwall
Mar. 4 "CSI" with Linda Cook
Mar. 11 "Newspapering in QCA" with Alma Gaul
Mar. 18 "Unsinkable Molly Brown" with Rosemary Harris
Mar. 25 "Just Look Around You" with the Muddy River Camera Club
2015 Miller Programs
Events are sponsored by De Immigrant Volunteer Millers with a grant from the D.S. Flikkema Foundation. Events are FREE and open to the public.
Feb 17 @ 6:00p.m. Geology Goes to Hollywood: Part 2 Presenter Richard Harwood, Blackhawk College
Mar 17 @ 6:00p.m. Spencer Tracy and his Freeport Roots Presenter Edward Finch, Freeport Historical Society
April 7@ 6:00p.m. The Star-Spangled Banner and the Struggle that Forger Two Nations Presenter Lee Murdock, Illinois Humanities Council
April 19 @ 2:00p.m. 150th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s Assassination Presenter Ron Koehn, Retired from Fulton High School
June 22 @ 600p.m. The Underground Railroad in Northwestern Illinois Presenter Owen Muelder, Underground Railroad Freedom Center at Knox College
July 7 @ 6:00p.m. Folk Music and Folk Musicians of Central Illinois Presenter Chris Vallillo, Illinois Arts Council
Aug 10 @ 6:00p.m. He Gave the World the Steel Plow: The John Deere Story Presenter Rich Morthland, Blackhawk College
Sep 14 @ 6:00p.m. Establishing the Lincoln Highway and Charitable Giving in Illinois Presenter Kay Shelton, Sponsored by FACE
Sep 29 @ 6:00p.m. Illinois Creoles, French Canadians, & Louisiana Cajuns and their Fiddling Presenter Dennis Stroughmatt, Illinois Humanities Council
Oct 6 @ 6:00p.m. An American in India Presented by Melissa Hebert-Johnson, Blackhawk College
Nov 3 @ 6:00p.m. An American Small Town (Movie – 98 minute run time) Director, Stuart Meyer