In the spring of 1998, a long-range planning committee was appointed
by the Historical Society's
Board of Directors to investigate space requirements and solutions.
The committee recognized that one of the greatest needs was a place
in which the large collection of historical documents that the society
has collected could be stored and made accessible to researchers.
the following agencies supported the completion of the addition to
house the new research center: Department of Natural Resources
Capital Project Grant, Batavia Historical Society, Batavia Park
District and the Kane County Victoria Riverboat Fund. The research
center was dedicated in June 2000.
The name Gustafson Research Center
was chosen to honor John Gustafson
and his brothers and sisters who were the first to see the vision
of a viable historical society and who began gathering artifacts
and cataloging them to preserve Batavia's heritage.
For a complete listing of Collections at the
Gustafson Research Center, click on the Collections tab
at the top of this page, or the link at the
bottom of this page.