630-406-5274 | 155 Houston Street, Batavia, Illinois 60510

Batavia Historical Society Quarterly Meeting
Sunday October 8th 2p
Batavia Public Library

Mr. Callahan will share his collection of historic flags is the program for this event.

Marty Callahan is a Board Member of the Fox Valley Patriotic Organization that constructed the Flag Day Monument. His interest in history was a driving factor for his involvement in supporting the creation of the Monument. His interest in history has lead to his involvement with heading the committee to produce the Batavia Community Flag and joining the North American Vexillological Association. He is an avid collector of American flags and historical artifacts. Thru his genealogical research, he became a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and has familial associations to the history of the American Flag. He was born in Albany, NY and raised in Stillwater, NY which was the site of the Battle of Saratoga.

Marty has lived in Batavia with his wife, Mary Anne, and three children since 2008. He was an Alderman for the 2nd Ward from 2013 to 2021. He has been involved in several community organizations including the Batavia United Way, Fireworks Committee and Ole Awards Committee. He is a former Police Officer/Detective in New Mexico and now investigates insurance claims for a large commercial carrier.

Nearly from its beginning, Batavia was an industrial city. Farm implement and windmill factories provided employment for many.

The first products manufactured in Batavia (flour, ice, lumber, paper, stone) found markets in Chicago. Learn about the companies of Batavia.

Learn about some of Batavia’s famous citizens, and some of the famous people that left their mark on this town on the Fox River.

The Batavia Depot Museum has many exhibits that delve into the rich history of the town. Here you will find a list of some of our additional exhibits from trains to schools.

History occurs on a daily basis, starting with today.

We must preserve the rich history of Batavia, Illinois, and the Batavia Township for the enrichment and benefit of generations to come. In order to accomplish this task, a significant amount of energy has been expended to gather all that is known about our past. This will be a never-ending task facing us in order to fill in the voids.

This web site will be one means of helping us achieve this goal by providing an easy way for others to assist in identifying unknown people and lost information. Communicating with us for research into the past and alerting us to events creating the history of tomorrow will be made easier with the technology of today. We hope you enjoy this experience and come back often.

The Batavia Historical Society

Although there was an attempt to start a historical society as early as 1911, the society as it is today began on November 17, 1959, when twenty-two men and women met to discuss the preservation of Batavia’s history…

Research Center

The mission of the Batavia Depot Museum is “Through collecting, preserving, interpreting and exhibiting the history of Batavia, the Batavia Depot Museum memorializes the accomplishments of Batavians while enriching public knowledge and creating leisure and educational opportunities for the community. “


    We need your help!

    We are always on the lookout to expand our exhibits and collections. Donate your Batavia artifacts Today.

    Scroll to top