Historical Museum


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The Salvation Army Central Territory Historical Museum is located at 5550 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates, IL, 60192

Contact: Phone: 847-294-2136
E-mail: [email protected]


The Central Territory Museum provides context and relevance for The Salvation Army’s spiritual, theological, chronological, and global activities for The Salvation Army and general public.  It collects, preserves, researches, educates, and exhibits materials that reflect the development, ministry, and social work of the Central Territory and its place within The Salvation Army.


For the safety of our staff and visitors during the current coronavirus pandemic, the Museum is temporarily closed.


This exhibit traces the origins of The Salvation Army and the Central Territory.  It showcases how the territory has helped to serve its membership and those in the community, and the impact it has made on a national and international scale.

Meet the Burdick family through objects, photos, documents and other treasures passed down through generations.  This exhibit provides an intimate view of Ma and Pa Burdick, and their three children from their humble daily lives, to WWI France, and a lifetime of Salvation Army service.

Before video and film strips, the slideshow was king.  The Salvation Army took full advantage of this cutting-edge technology. Everyday Magic features hand-colored and black-and-white glass slides touching on a variety of subjects from Bible stories, Army ministries, pictures from character building to corps buildings, and scenes from the early industrial homes for men (now Adult Rehabilitation Centers). Everyday Magic includes two interactive activities; a design your own magic lantern show, and a take-away devotional series produced bi-monthly in collaboration with the Corps and Community Mission Department.

This temporary exhibit traces the origins and evolution of Salvation Army sleep-away camps.  It also places emphasis on the spiritual, emotional and life skills benefits to campers.  (opening Winter 2020)


The museum makes its collection, archives and reference materials available to on-site researchers by appointment.  Museum staff may also assist with requests from remote researchers who are unable to conduct their research in person. On-site research appointments are available during our office hours, Monday-Friday 8am to 4pm. Please call, email or write to us with information about your research project and questions.

Material in the collection which may be useful to researchers includes, but is not limited to:

  • Periodicals (War Cry, Central Connection, etc.)
  • Books
  • Orders and Regulations
  • Disposition of Forces
  • Corps information files
  • Personality files on officers and important Salvation Army figures
  • Programs
  • Photographs
  • Uniforms and headwear
  • Musical instruments
  • Music (sheet music and recordings)


The museum collects those items which relate to its mission and which it can use for exhibition, education, or the documentation of other objects in the collection, and those items for which it can provide an appropriate level of care.

The museum is always seeking donations to the collection. Please call, email or write to us if you have any items you would like to donate.

Contact: Phone: 847-294-2136
E-mail: [email protected]