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 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