Take home a piece of Joliet history or Route 66 memorabilia!
Our shop is stocked with distinctive items that are perfect for gift giving, decorating your home or office, and serving as a keepsake of your Museum visit.
In the late 1930s when segregation was still legal and Black Americans couldn't visit every establishment or travel everywhere they wanted safely, a New Yorker named Victor Hugo Green decided to do something about it. Green wrote and published a guide that listed places where his fellow Black Americans could be safe. Green's guide allowed millions of Black Americans to travel safely and enjoy traveling across the nation. In the first picture book about the creation and distribution of the Green Book, author Keila V. Dawson and illustrator Alleanna Harris tell the story of the man behind it and how this travel guide opened the Road for a safer, more equitable America.
Opening the Road: Victor Hugo Creen and His Green Book by Keila V. Dawson and illustrated by Alleanna Harris.
The Joliet Area Historical Museum opened in 2002 with the goal to preserve and share Joliet's rich history. Over the years, this has grown to include the Route 66 Welcome Center and the Old Joliet Prison Historic Site. We strive daily to tell the stories that make this such a unique city!
You can find us at the Joliet Area Historical Museum and the Old Joliet Prison Historic Site.
Joliet Area Historical Museum
204 N Ottawa St, Joliet, IL 60432