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             A message from the Effingham County Museum's President, Delaine Donaldson 



                                                              News Release: Dedication of Effingham County Museum's Newest Display On Sunday, April 21, at 2:00 P.M., the Effingham County Museum will formally dedicate its newest display, an exhibit which focuses on the writing of Illinois' sixth State Constitution. When 116 delegates were selected to write that document, Effingham Attorney, James Parker, along with Salem's Dwight Friedrich, were among that number, being elected as representatives from the 50th Legislative District. Con-Con, as the convention was popularly know convened on December 8, 1969 and concluded on September 3, 1970. The new constitution replaced a document which was 100 years old. The Parker family has recently donated the desk at which delegate James Parker sat during the event, along with related pictures, papers, and bound volumes related to his time as a delegate to that Illinois Constitution Convention. in 1970. The display is on the Museum's second floor. The bound volumes contain the verbatim transcripts of the proceedings of the Sixth Illinois Constitutional Convention, an important event in Illinois history, and an event in which Effingham County was well represented by Attorney James Parker. The public is invited to this special dedication event. ***************************************************************************************************** A special presentation "V-E Day: A Holy Day, not a Holiday" with Delaine Donaldson as the presenter, will take place on Thursday, May 9 at 6:00 PM in the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum. Donaldson, President of the Museum, will focus on the celebration in Effingham County of the end of the European Theater of WWII. The audience will learn about the special Day of Prayer which President Truman proclaimed for the whole country, as well as how the proclamation was carried out in the County The presentation is the result of a partnership the Museum and the Effingham Public Library. As always, this is a free program and a library card is not required to attend but registration is required. Throughout its history the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association, Inc., an organization devoted to the preservation of the history of the county, has sponsored a lecture series during the winter months, November-March. The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about local history. There is no admission charge.


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Historic Lecture Series for 2024 and Other Events

Historic Lecture Series for 2024 and Other Events

Hours & Location

100 E. Jefferson Ave.,
Effingham, IL 62401

Daytime Hours:
(January-February)- By appointment only and some special evening hours, TBA
Phone: 217.240.2471 to leave a message

(March through December)
Tuesday and Saturday 10 a.m-2 p.m.

Evening Hours:
6:00-7:00 p.m. on night of lecture series, November-March
Other times by appointment: Call (217)240-2471 to leave a message

ECCCMA Meeting Schedule

Board Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6:00 p.m. at the court-house first floor courtroom. For information contact Delaine Donaldson, President at:

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.

Our MISSION is to preserve our Historic Register structure, to collect artifacts from county history, and to use them to educate our local and external communities, while immersed in the broader context of American history.

Our VISION is that the 1872 Effingham County Courthouse remains as an architectural gem that instills a sense of community pride and provides a venue to
educate and showcase the history, art, and transportation of Effingham County.

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On November 11, 2012, the Museum opened its doors to the public. Currently there are exhibits on the first floor and the second floor. On the second floor there is exhibit space as well as room for lectures and other types of public gatherings.