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. 

 

Windmill Area 360 View

 

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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 April thru October and last an hour.  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. 815-589-3925. Cost of the tour is $1.00 per person..

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 815-589-3925. 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

PROGRAMS:

2017  Wild Winter Wednesdays @ Windmill Cultural Center

Wednesdays in March 2017 from 9am to 11am. Light refreshments served prior to each program. The events are FREE and the public is welcome to attend. 2017 WWW Program Schedule

2017 Miller Programs @ Windmill Cultural Center

January 29 @ 2:00 p.m.: The Magic of Disney World
Dr. Bruce Storey, Black Hawk College

February 27 @ 6:00 p.m.: Cycling the Rhine River from Basel to Krimpen
Russ & Linda Grimm

March 30 @ 6:00 p.m.: Off the Beaten Path in Illinois
John Purvis, Princeton, IL

April 24 @ 6:00 p.m.: Katherina Von Bora Luther: The Woman Behind the Reformation
Barbara Kay, Illinois Humanities Road Scholar

May 30 @ 6:00 p.m.: Return of the Natives: Bobcats and Other Large Carnivores in Landscapes of the Midwest ~ Dr. William R. Clark, Iowa State University

June 29 @ 6:00 p.m.: The Journey to Mollie's War: The Women's Army Corps and World War II
Cynthia Schaffer, Illinois Humanities Road Scholar

July 31 @ 6:00 p.m.: The Little Ukulele - 100 Years of Smiles
John Lindhorst, Oregon, Illinois

August 29 @ 6:00 p.m.: The 108th Infantry Regiment (USCT)
Ed Reiter, Davenport, IA

September 25 @ 6:00 p.m.: Astronomy Goes to Hollywood
Richard Harwood, Black Hawk College

October 17 @ 6:00 p.m.: Encounters with the Dead
Kathi Kresol, Rockford, IL

November 5 @ 2:00 p.m.: The Lincoln Assassination: Manhunt and Trial
Ron Koehn, Fulton, IL

December 1 @ 5:00 p.m.: Fulton Christmas Walk
Activities TBD

 

 

 

Details

  • Address: 111 10th Avenue
  • City, State Zip: Fulton, IL 61252
  • Phone: 815-589-3925 (Tourism Office)
  • 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

     

    Tuesday after Labor Day through the end of October:

    • Monday thru Friday 10am to 3pm
    • Saturday 10am to 5pm
    • Sunday 1pm to 5pm

     

    Off season tours scheduled by special request.

     

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