Museums keep history alive. They connect generations in a way that magazines and books are unable to do. Instead of books there are visual and physical objects to stimulate your imagination.
Museums are educational institutions that include a social role. Museums are a major expression of cultural
identity In every society.
Museums are a popular tourist activity. When you visit a new city or state or even a new country, seeing some of the history pictured and described at a museum is interesting and fun for the whole family.
The Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association came into existence as the result of a desire to promote interpretive culture and history as a means of increasing public awareness of the history of Effingham County and the National Road.
On November 11, 2012, the Museum opened its doors to the public. Currently there are exhibits only on the first floor, but work is taking place on the second floor to create more exhibit space and more room for lectures and other types of public gatherings.
Much work needs to be done. Funds are needed.
Can we count on your help?
Help us move forward with Effingham County Museum by making your donation today.
Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association, Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax-deductible.
Send donations to:
P.O. Box 324
Effingham, IL 62401
100 E. Jefferson Ave.,
Effingham, IL 62401
Museum Hours of Operation:
By appointment only and some special evening hours, TBA
Phone: 217.540.8655 to leave a message
(March through December)
Tuesday and Saturday 10 a.m-2 p.m.
6:00-7:00 p.m. on night of lecture series, November-March
Other times by appointment:
Call (217)540-8655 to leave a message
Board Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. at the court-house first floor courtroom.
For information contact Delaine Donaldson, President at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Membership Meetings are held once a month of the second Tuesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. at the court-house first floor courtroom.
Read the Effingham County Courthouse Museum section every other Tuesday in the Effingham Daily News.
What is so special about the Effingham County Museum?
"Just what is so special about your Courthouse Museum?" is a question I often hear from people. It's a question that can't be answered with a few quick sentences. Our Courthouse Museum is the look of pride on the face of a widow of a WWII veteran as she looks at his picture, uniform, or medals. It's the beaming smiles of baby boomers as they share their tales about their fathers' lives and their mothers' lives during the war years. It is the the wistful looks on the faces of adults who bring pictures in for us to share and say, "I never knew my dad. I was just a baby when he died in the war." It's the awe-struck look on school children's faces as you tell them about the brave deeds of some of our veterans. It's the pride I feel as one boy says, "Wow! I hope I can grow up to be brave like him. He must have been a good man!" It is the voice of a veteran saying, "God bless you people for remembering us." It is the sound of families telling stories of their loved ones with pride even as tears roll down their faces. It is my feeling of pride when my cousin tells me that our Grandpa's railroad memorabilia needs to come home to Effingham. It is the look of little children's faces lighting up with excitement as they watch our trains go round and round. It's the sound of the train whistle eagerly made by a little one's hands. It is the excitement of voices saying thank you for telling our county's story. It's the nostalgic voices of people pointing to a picture or a model of a favorite hangout from their youth. It is the laughter of old friends who no longer live here meeting up and reminiscing about the "good old days" of their youth in Effingham. It is the shaking of heads as people look at the 800 pound log that was part of the National Road, and their statements of how tough it must have been to be a pioneer. It is the far-away look in people's eyes as they try to visualize what our county looked like when the first settlers came. It is the look of pride when people discover Effingham County's connection to Abraham Lincoln. It is the stricken look on faces as they learn how so many died from Spanish Influenza in our county, state, and country during WWI. It is the look of love as people tell of their veteran's service in WWI. It is the tears that roll down my own face as I print out a picture that shows two Effingham County sailors from WWII standing at the grave of their friend on the island of Okinawa so far from home. It is all this and so much more that makes our museum special. It is our history. It is our past, our present, and our future. Give us a chance to share these stories with you. Come in and share the stories of your family with us. Let us add your pictures, stories, and artifacts so that your story will become a part of the patchwork quilt of memories that is being woven by the people of Effingham County. Come and be a part of what is happening at the Courthouse Museum. I think you will like what you see. Yes, I really think you will like what you see.
Article by Jane Loy Ries in the Effingham Daily News, July 24, 2013
Photos from glass negatives from the Edgewood area
Work is proceeding on the second floor of the Museum. The sound of saws, hammers, and sanders are heard everyday as faithful volunteers work to transform the oginnal courtroom into a spacious exhibit area.