The Galena Foundation was formed more than 30 years ago by a group of Galenians wishing to preserve Galena and its heritage and history. Today, a nine member board of directors is guided by the Foundation’s mission to initiate and/or provide finanical support for community projects which preserve, enhance or nurture Galena’s heritage, culture and quality of life.
Tucked in the northwest corner of Illinois, Galena is a special place. A town rich in history and natural beauty. Galena is home to original buildings and architectural styles that were constructed well over 100 years ago.
Galena is home to a concentration of 19th-century architecture. Federal-style storefronts line Galena’s Main Street, Italianate mansions perch on bluffs overlooking the Galena River, and some of the nation’s finest Greek Revival architecture can be found here.
In 1965, Galena was one of the first cities in Illinois to pass a historic preservation ordinance. Just four years later, the Galena Historic District, which includes more than 800 buildings was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
In 2018, Galena is being reviewed for recognition as a National Landmark District by the National Park Service.