Trolley driving down Main Street Galena Country Tourism

About Galena Country

Galena Country Tourism® is the official Destination Management & Marketing Organization for Galena Country®.

Our mission is to promote, develop, and expand the visitor industry to benefit the local economy and community, including the City of Galena and Jo Daviess County, Illinois. We promote Galena Country as the Midwest’s premier destination for overnight visitors. Galena Country Tourism is supported by a board of 11 directors, representatives from the travel and tourism industry, local government, and experienced businesspersons.

Forever Original

Encompassing the City of Galena and Jo Daviess County, nestled along the Mississippi River in the upper northwest corner of Illinois.

It’s true; you can’t change time. But if you spend it right, it can change you. So, if you want to make the most of your time, come to a place that’s frozen in it. In Galena Country, we’ve never been like anywhere else, and we’re proud of it. To us, history isn’t about endings; it’s where stories begin. We know one good story always leads to another.

Founded in 1826, we have a history of seeing things others don’t. When you’re here, you’ll see and do things you won’t see anywhere else. We call it being original because we may be old, but we’re never the same old thing.

The best thing about being where time is forgotten is that you can lose all track of it. Join us, in another time, in a completely different place.

Full-Time Staff Members

Terry Mattson, CEO/President 

Tom Rynott, Communications Director

Ekaterina Roberts, Community Engagement Manager

Lori Kinnaman, Operations Director

Emily Tepper, Content Marketing Manager

Kirsten Bell, Strategic Marketing Director

Current Vacancy 

Posted Feb 22, 2024

Galena Country Tourism is seeking a part-time visitor services representative for the Visitor Center. Do you love the Galena area and are interested in sharing experiences with others? Then this is the job for you! We’re looking for an outgoing, friendly hire to help with visitor services. E-mail resume to Or call 815.776.9200 ext. 1000. We are an E.O.E. Starting pay at $15 p/h, shift premium for weekend hours. Needed every Tuesday and fill in as needed. Must be available for occasional weekends.

Board of Directors - Fiscal Year 2024

Colin Sanderson
Board Chair
Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa
444 Eagle Ridge Dr,
Galena IL 61036

Betsy Rose Achett
Vice Board Chair
Wyndham Garden Galena Hotel & Day Spa 
11383 US-20
Galena IL 61036

Merri Sevey
Treasurer / Personnel Chair

Jo Carroll Energy
793 US Hwy 20 W
Elizabeth IL 61028

Jack Deiter
Big Bill’s Coffee & Sandwich Shop
301 N. Main St.
Galena IL 61036

Stewart Stoffregen
Chestnut Mountain Resort
8700 W. Chestnut Rd.
Galena IL 61036

Christina Eisbach
Hoof It Goat Treks
616 S Devils Ladder Rd.
Galena, IL 61036

Zeke Winders
First Community Bank
101 Exchange Street
Galena IL 61036

Lyndsi Scharpf
Otto's Restaurant
100 Bouthillier St.
Galena, IL 61036

Steve McIntyre
Jo Daviess County Board
330 N. Bench St.
Galena IL 61036

Visitor Guide

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