The Center for American Decoys
The Center for American Decoys is dedicated to preserving the traditions of American waterfowl history through the art of the decoy. Located in the Illinois River Valley, among some of the greatest waterfowl hunting habitats in history, the Center for American Decoys aims to showcase many of the most notable decoy carvers from across the country, with a particular emphasis on carvers from the Illinois River Valley.
Support the Center for American Decoys!
Help us build the finest permanent decoy show in the home of some of our finest carvers! Donate to the Center for American Decoys at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Click here to give!
The Peoria Riverfront Museum gratefully acknowledges the major support of Bon & Holly French and the Taylor French Decoy Fund for the Center for American Decoys.
American Decoy | The Invention
Own the landmark book on the greatest collection of decoys ever assembled!
Preorder your first edition "American Decoy: The Invention" online today!
See the decoy exhibition deemed by national collectors and scholars as the greatest show of decoys ever assembled, through the "American Decoy: The Invention" exhibition book. This extraordinary hardcover edition published by Peoria Riverfront Museum celebrates the first-ever museum exhibition of its kind with more than 200 pages of full-color, high-resolution images of the hundreds of world-class American waterfowl decoys in the exhibition and more that were assembled from the country’s most respected collectors and institutions. The photographs are accompanied by descriptive text and insightful information into the lives of the pioneering carving legends whose work was shown, including Charles Schoenheider Sr., Elmer Crowell, Charles Perdew, the Caines Brothers, Lee Dudley, Charles “Shang” Wheeler and many others. 208 pages, 11 x 9-in.
The wooden bird decoy is an American innovation and one of the foremost expressions of American folk art. American Decoy: The Invention is a testament to America’s rich waterfowl decoy carving history and celebrates the legendary carvers that gave it shape.
- Zac Zetterberg, Curator, The Center for American Decoys
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WTVP's The Art of Deception
WTVP's ‘The Art of Deception,’ in collaboration with the Peoria Riverfront Museum, looks at hand-carved decoys as an underappreciated form of American folk art. Although the golden age of carving decoys ended with the age of plastics making cheaper and lighter decoys, the art form is still practiced today across the Illinois River Valley. Narrated by Doug Oberhelman.
View WTVP's 'The Art of Deception' - click here!