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 2015: People and Products from Four Fulton Industries
- May - July: Agri King & JT Cullen Company
- August - October: Fulton Corp. & Timken
The 2015 theme for the Windmill Area is "It's Off To Work We Go" Programs, exhibits, and youth tours will compliment this work related theme. 2015 Field Trip/Youth Tours 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
2015-2016 Wild Winter Wednesday Programs @ Windmill Cultural Center
Wednesdays in December 2015 January, February, and March 2016 from 9am to 11am. Light refreshments served prior to each program. The events are FREE and the public is welcome to attend.
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.
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
Mill Flour Bake Off 2015
The Education Committee of Fulton’s De Immigrant Windmill Area will be hosting its third annual baking competition. The Bake Off will be held during Fulton’s Fall Festival, September 26th. This year’s competition will have seven categories: Bars, Bread (yeast or sweet), Cake, Cookies, Muffins, and Pie. Judges for 2015 are Renee Holmes from Krumpets in Fulton, Derek Thornton from Sweetheart Bakery in Clinton and Karen Abbott of Fulton. Cost per entry is $10 which includes a bag of De Immigrant flour.
Entry forms may be picked up at the Windmill Cultural Center in Fulton during regular hours through Wednesday, September 23th or download a copy here. For information on the Bake Off call Betty Wiebenga at 815-589-3671.