About this story: An organization in Andover has worked diligently for 50 years to preserve the village's history.

The Andover Historical Society, which was organized in 1967, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, according to Ron Peterson.

About this story: An organization in Andover has worked diligently for 50 years to preserve the village’s history.

The Andover Historical Society, which was organized in 1967, celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2017, according to Ron Peterson.

It was organized for the purposes of preserving the history of Andover and the surrounding area, promoting tourism and encouraging people to enjoy Andover's historical treasures.

The society owns two historical buildings, the Andover Historical Museum and the American Woman’s League Chapter House.

The building that houses the museum was built in 1861 as a private residence and served as a temporary haven for Swedish immigrants.

Today, it houses artifacts brought by the English and Swedish immigrants in the mid-1800s. On the front lawn visitors find millstones from the first John Deere mill in Moline, millstones from the original 1836 Edwards River Mill and a marker denoting the fact that the first post office in Henry County was established in the Andover colony in 1837.

The American Woman's League Chapter House was built in 1912 as a haven for battered women. The beautiful building, which has been restored to its original appearance, is now used by the historical society for meetings and for displays of historical items and records.

Both buildings, located just west of the Andover Lake Park, are listed in the National Registry of Historic Places.

Information about historical society membership, Andover events and interesting sites to visit can be found on the Andover Tourism Council web site, andovertourism.com.