With multiple historical sites and two museums, Waterloo is a fabulous source of information from days gone by. The musical and acting talents are numerous as well, with an abundant amount of activities to entertain all ages.
Waterloo is part of the historic Kaskaskia Cahokia Trail, Illinois’ first road. The 60-mile corridor connects visitors with many opportunities to discover the region’s diverse history. The trail begins in Randolph County at Prairie du Rocher, winding through Monroe County and ending at St. Clair County.
Kaskaskia Trail Chorus
Kaskaskia Trail Chorus is a membership organization of singers, who meet regularly to practice, perform, socialize and have fun. The main purpose of the Kaskaskia Trail Chorus is to get out and sing for our community.
Waterloo Municipal Band
On the Monroe County courthouse lawn in Waterloo, on any summer Tuesday night you can find a true touch of Americana as the conductor strikes up the Waterloo Municipal Band for another concert. Its repertoire includes marches, show tunes, standards, some light classical selections and a little rock ‘n’ roll! In keeping with the German heritage of the community, the band also indulges the crowd with an occasional polka. In addition to the regular Tuesday concerts throughout the summer, the band participates in local Memorial Day, festival events and holiday celebrations.
Concerts are held every Tuesday evening, from 8 to 9 p.m., June through August at the Monroe County Courthouse Bandstand. Admission is free.
MASC Community Theater
A community theater located in the Historic Capitol Theatre in downtown Waterloo. Serving Southern Illinois and the greater St. Louis metro area, MASC produces five shows a year with the purpose of bringing enjoyable and affordable live theater to the area’s residents.
Monroe County Arts Alliance
The Monroe County Arts Alliance is made up of community arts organizations throughout the county that are interested in uniting, networking and combining resources to promote the wide variety of arts activities that currently exist in the county, as well as to promote interest in creating new activities and events.
Monroe County Historical Society
Tour the historic Bellefontaine House, located at 700 S. Church St., open April through September. Tours are available on Sundays, from 1 to 3 p.m. Closed on Mother’s and Father’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4 and Labor Day weekends.
Monroe County History Museum
The History Museum of Monroe County in Waterloo offers visitors a unique opportunity to experience history through a variety of permanent displays and changing exhibits. Tours to the history museum are always welcome, any day of the week. To schedule an appointment, call (618) 939-5008 or visit the website www.monroecountyhistorymuseum.org. Located at 724 Elaine Dr., Waterloo.
Peterstown Heritage Society
Constructed from early 1800s to 1830, Peterstown House was built as a stagecoach stop and today it stands as a testament of time and as a tribute to the rich and vibrant history of Waterloo. The Peterstown House museum opened in 1973 and took years of painstaking work to restore it to what visitors see today. The museum is located at 275 N. Main St., Waterloo, and is open on Saturday and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m.
Waterloo Quadrille Square Dancers
Square Dancing enthusiasts. For more information, contact Don Schilling.
RMC Waterloo Cinema 8
113 Plaza Dr., Waterloo