W.A. McCONNELL FOUNDATION

The Path to the Future Is Paved by Our Past

The McConnell Ball

The W.A. McConnell Foundation proudly announces its inaugural fundraising event

The McConnell Ball: A Sesquicentennial Celebration

You are cordially invited to a grand evening dedicated to past elegance and civic pride. Don your swankiest gown, dust off that tux, and take a twirl around the dance floor, 1872-style.

Friday, September 16 | 7-10pm

The District (formerly Memorial Hall)

Main Street, Richmond, IL 60071

100% of funds raised go to W.A. McConnell Foundation's mission of preserving and protecting the heritage and history of Richmond, Illinois.

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Each ticket purchase includes

• Heavy hors d'oeuvres

• Two drink tickets

• LIVE music by International Strings-Chicago

• EXCLUSIVE Eugene Derdeyn art exhibit

• Parting gift

• Silent auction

DRESS CODE: Elegant evening attire. Historic touches encouraged and appreciated.

TICKETS: $45/person before 9/1 | $50/person

PURCHASE tickets: https://square.link/u/liHPXUoY

Tickets can also be purchased at Richmond Village Hall

Thank you to our event sponsors who are helping make The McConnell Ball a success.

Historic Cemetery Tour

Peek into the area's rich and fascinating history with a guided tour through the village’s original burying ground, the Richmond Cemetery. On this docent-led tour, you’ll hear about the town’s intriguing past, meet costumed enacters and narrators, and learn about influential or notable people who shaped Richmond, Illinois, into what it is today.

Richmond Cemetery

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Tours at 5 p.m. & 7 p.m.

Tickets are limited.


5pm Tour Tickets: https://square.link/u/EYdlczDx

7pm Tour Tickets: https://square.link/u/mFXe98YJ

Website: https://www.wamcconnellfoundation.org

In Person: Richmond Village Hall

All proceeds go towards Richmond’s W.A. McConnell Foundation and its preservation and educational efforts to protect the history of the greater Richmond, Illinois, area.

Richmond, Illinois

A wooden bridge. A bonafide historic Main Street. An original farmstead. A life-giving creek. Working farms and silos. An oak tree. Centuries-old resting places marking those who have gone before us.


When pioneer William McConnell set his gaze upon the North branch of the Nippersink Creek after travelling from Pennsyvania, he quickly knew this was the place he wanted to call home and start his family. McConnell slept under an oak tree that first night. A carpenter by trade, he soon built a small log cabin next to the shallow winding creek, laid claim to a plot of land, and shortly thereafter married Elizabeth Bodine. While raising three sons, McConnell acted as postmaster, commissioner, and judge, along with founding the Richmond Bank and several other businesses. William McConnell was a prominent and busy man, but he always found time to give back to his community.


William McConnell passed away in 1887, but his legacy lives on in our community and in the original mid-19th century relics sprinkled in and around the town. Our quaint, unique village is known throughout the region for its historic buildings, unique character, and quaint charm not found in most other suburban Illinois towns. Mention Richmond to a friend, and you’ll likely hear a story about a special purchase at an antique store, a sweet treat from Anderson’s Candy Shoppe, or the old-timey charm of historic buildings that line Main Street.


The W.A. McConnell Foundation strives to honor the legacy that Richmond was built upon long ago. We invite you to join us in preserving and celebrating Richmond’s unique heritage.


Because the path to the future is paved by our past.


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Thank You

Thanks to your generous donations, we were able to save Richmond's oldest standing building, Old No. 90, built by Charles Cotting around 1844. Initial preservation plans include stabilization of the foundation, as water along the sidewalk has caused detioration and movement.


Our site is still under construction. We appreciate your patience!