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 2015: People and Products from Four Fulton Industries

  • May - July:   Agri King & JT Cullen Company
  • August - October: Fulton Corp. & Timken

Windmill Area 360 View

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.  pdf2015 Field Trip/Youth Tours 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. 815-589-3925. 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 815-589-3925. Suggested donation of $2.00/adult.

To learn more about becoming a member of the Windmill Area, please download the pdfWindmill 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. 

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



  • 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


    September 8 thru October 31:

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


    Off season tours scheduled by special request.