Check out the new items on the Gift &
The Charles Perdew Museum Association monthly drawing begins again in
April 2014 to April 2015. Tickets are $10 each and may be purchased from
The Paint Store, Henry State Bank, Heartland Bank, and Museum Board
members or call 309-364-2980. The $100 drawing is held monthly at the
regular board meetings.
Charles and Edna Perdew of Henry, Illinois,
combined their talents to become famous
folk artists in Central Illinois and throughout the rest of the United
States. They produced thousands of examples of painted wildfowl
sculpture, originally purchased mainly by hunters
to attract ducks, geese and crows to within shooting range.
Charlie was born near Henry in 1874 and was a hunter and carver of
decoys. Edna was born in 1882 in Henry and their marriage in 1902 formed
an artistic partnership that lasted almost sixty years. For much of that
time, Charlie carved and Edna painted from their home and workshop in
Henry. Charlie Perdew died in 1963 and Edna survived him until 1974.
The story of this remarkable couple and their artistic legacy has been
beautifully portrayed in the book "PERDEW: An Illinois River
Tradition " by Ann Tandy Lacy and published by David Galliher in 1993.
Copies of this book can be obtained through the museum.
The Charles Perdew Museum Association has been formed to preserve and
educate, renovate and restore the Perdew homestead and workshop and the
Perdew’s artistic heritage. The buildings, located at 914 Front Street
in Henry, Illinois are mainly for use as a teaching museum and
The Charles Perdew Museum Association (CPMA) is recognized by the IRS as
a 501(c)3 organization, and as such, your donations are tax deductible
to the extent allowed by law.
You may send donations or obtain membership to the Charles Perdew Museum
Association by using the
Contact form on this website or by writing
to CPMA, at the address below.