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The Heritage Corridor Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) encompasses the communities and counties along the historic 97-mile Illinois and Michigan Canal National Heritage Corridor. The Heritage Corridor spans from the Chicago Portage Area just southwest of Chicago to LaSalle-Peru including the counties of Will, Grundy, LaSalle and Putnam. The region conveniently located along I-55 from Chicago to Joliet along I-80 west to LaSalle-Peru.

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Explore The Corridor With Mariah: First Stop The Will County Historical Museum and Research Center

Hi my name is Mariah and I will be your tour guide through the Corridor to share with you many cool places to visit! 

My first stop is the Will County Historical Museum and Research Center. I was really excited for this visit because I love learning about the past, but also seeing cool artifacts to go with it. 

I was welcomed by Sandy Vasko, the Executive Director, who was so much fun to chat with. She shared with me a little bit about the history of the museum. 

The building was, in fact, one of the first buildings in Lockport. Built in the early 1800s as the headquarters for administrative of the waterways. This office played a central role in the design, financing, and construction of the I&M Canal. Later on, a residence for the Canal Superintendent was added to the office as well as a bank vault that was installed in the administrative office to store canal records. 

I was able to make my way throughout the vault, which was a very cool experience. It is filled with many important documents dated all the way back, with names of some of the first few Presidents attached to them. 

But that wasn’t it. Sandy, willing gave me a full tour, showing me each exhibit and its history behind it. There is a total of eight different exhbits holding so much information inside.

But the best part was yet to come! I was able to get an extended tour of another building behind the museum, which holds even more artifacts. 

As she opened the doors, I was amazed by all that was kept inside. The one things that caught my attention was this beautiful antique car from the 1800s, that was kept in really good shape. I had the opportunity to get inside, which I could not pass up the offer!  

With all of that being said, this was a really exciting experience and definitely a place you should come visit. The staff were all amazing and very knowledgeable. This place holds so much History of Will County, that you are guarantee to walk away with way more knowledge then what you came in with.