Historic Lecture Series for 2019-2020 Season



The 2019-2020 Historic Lecture Series will begin on November 14, 2019.

All sessions start at 7PM on the second floor of the Old Courthouse Museum.

November 14, 2019: St. Paul (Blue Point) Lutheran Church-150 Years

     Speaker:  Linda Schmidt


December 12, 2019:  A History of Horse Racing in Effingham County

     Speakers: Kurt and Carl Becker


January 9, 2020:  Montrose-150 Years

     Speaker:  Kelly Thoele


February 13, 2020:  Austin College

     Speaker:  Delaine Donaldson


March 12, 2020:  The Old St. Anthony's - Before the Fire

     Speaker:  Linda Ruholl


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 7:30 p.m. at the court-house first floor courtroom. For information contact Delaine Donaldson, President at: delainedonaldson@mchsi.com.

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 establish, maintain, and operate a museum for the general public, and to collect, research, care for, and interpret materials and artifacts of cultural
and historical interest to the residents of, and visitors to, Effingham County, Illinois.

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.

Get Involved

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. Can we count on your help?