The Learning Center consists of three sections:
Research - The museum collects information about U.S.
Patents awarded to area residents since 1850.
In this section of our site you will find a small selection
of the museum's collection of sketches for patents submitted
by Belleville's industrial innovators.
Library - In
the past two years, 300 archival pieces have been catalogued
in our reference library of documents and books, which chronicles
the struggles of the working man and woman and the creation
of the American middle class.
Archives - 1,300 images of Belleville industry, labor, social
activities, businesses, architecture, people, education, government
and ecclesiastical history will eventually be added to the museum's
digital photo collection. This
section contains a few samples from our growing collection.