Windmill Cultural Center

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"

Windmill Area 360 View

The 2014 theme for the Windmill Area is "Life's A Breeze."  Programs, exhibits, and youth tours will compliment this weather related theme.  pdf2014 Field Trip/Youth Tour Information  See weekly and monthly program information listed below.

Tour Info
Student/School Group Tours:
Tours are available to school groups with 10 or more students, but no more than 50 students. Specialized lesson plans have been created for school groups. Educational information includes: hands-on science experiments, wind energy, weather, geography, and European cultures. Tours include both the Windmill Cultural Center and de Immigrant windmill. School group tours are available May thru October and last an hour. Tour times are 10am, 11:30am, and 1pm. A minimum of two weeks' notice is required for school group tours. To schedule, please call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 815-589-4545. Suggested donation of $1.00/student.

Adult Group Tours:
Tours are available to adult groups with 10 or more individuals. Tours inlude both the Windmill Cultural Center and de Immigrant windmill. A minimum of two weeks' notice is required for group tour requests. To schedule, please call or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 815-589-4545. Suggested donation of $2.00/adult.

Membership:
To learn more about becoming a member of the Windmill Area, please download the pdfWindmill Area Membership Brochure


2014 Programs @ Windmill Cultural Center
The monthly programs are sponsored by the Volunteer Millers with a grant from the D.S. Flikkema Foundation.  Most programs begin at 6:00 p.m. 

January 21:  "Wildlife of the Islands of Trinidad & Tobago" with Brent Langley, Wildlife Artist, Secretary of QC Audubon Society  6pm

January 30:  "Geology Goes to Hollywood:  Volcanoes, Earthquakes, & Dinosaurs, Oh My!" with Richard Harwood, Black Hawk College  6pm

February 4:  "Sustainable Buildings at Argonne & around the Country" with George Norek, Architect, Argonne National Laboratory  6pm   CANCELLED 

March 30:  "Beckman Mill:  Beloit's Restored Watermill" with Sheri & Jim Disrud and Dick & Val Dunagan  2pm

April 29:  "Goin' Down to Cairo:  Folksongs in the Land of Lincoln" with Bucky Halker, Illinois Humanities Council  6pm

May 29:  "Adventures with John James Audubon" with Brian "Fox" Ellis, Professional Storyteller  6pm

June 30:  "Mother Jones:  A Force of Nature" with Simon Cordery, Western Illinois University  6pm

July 9:  "Life's a Breeze:  Presidential Rest & Relaxation (from T. Roosevelt to Obama)" with Ron Koehn, Fulton High School Teacher, Retired  6pm

August 1:  "Gaelic Songs:  Beauty & Nature" with Dan Haughey, Musician and Storyteller  6pm

September 22:  "Chad Pregracke's River Cleanup Projects" with KeeKee Pregracke, Black Hawk College  6pm

October 22:  "Bird Life at the Top of the World" with Kurt Burnham, President, High Arctic Institute

November 4:  "Green Fire:  Aldo Leopold and a Land Ethic for Our Time"  Movie from the Aldo Leopold Foundation, Baraboo, WI (73 minutes)  6pm

2013-2014  Wild Winter Wednesday Programs @ Windmill Cultural Center
Wednesdays in December 2013, January, February, and March 2014 from 9am to 11am. Light refreshments served prior to each program. The events are FREE and the public is welcome to attend. 

December 4:  "Christmas Marathon Bird Count" with Kelly McKay

December 11:  "The Christmas Card Affair" with Bill Hannan

December 18:  "Decorating the White House 2012" with Carol Leavy

January 8:  "Salzburg - More than the 'Sound of Music' City" with Ron & Connie Koehn

January 15:  "Kenya & South America" with Kamalini Kumar

January 22:  "1st Generation Immigrant Story" with Charles Dykstra

January 29:  "The Sawmill Museum" with Matt Parbs

February 5:  "Bald Eagles on the Mississippi River" with Ed Brittong, Refuge Manager for the Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife & Fish Refuge

February 12:  "Discover & Experience the World of Tea" with Bab & Coco's Tea Emporium

February 19:  "Mamie Eisenhower" with Rosemary Harris

February 26:  "Behind the Scenes - Live TV" with Paula Sands

March 5:  "Movies" with Linda Cook

March 12:  "Quilts & Underground Railroad" with Nancy Boomgarden

March 19:  "Orphan Train" with Carol Chandler

March 26:  "4 Seasons of Gardening at Argo Acres" with Dennis & Diane Etnyre

 

Details

  • Address: 111 10th Avenue
  • City, State Zip: Fulton, IL 61252
  • Phone: 815-589-4545
  • Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Hours:

    May (weekends only):

    • Saturday 10am to 5pm
    • Sunday 1pm to 5pm

    Memorial Day thru Labor Day:

    • Monday thru Saturday 10am to 5pm
    • Sunday 1pm to 5pm

    September 2 thru October 31:

    • Monday thru Friday 10am to 3pm
    • Saturday 10am to 5pm
    • Sunday 1pm to 5pm
  • Tours?: Group