Historic Lecture Series for 2021-2022

Rescheduled lecture:

April 21, 2022 @ 7PM The Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church & the 160th Anniversary of Its Founding - Dean Manuel

March 10, 2022 @ 7PM The American Prohibition Museum and Effingham County Characters - Phil Lewis


Historic Lecture # 1:  November 18, 2021   St. Anthony's Hospital Before the Fire-Trains, Guns and Trauma, presented by Linda Ruholl

Historic Lecture # 2:  December 9, 2021    Wolff Family Farm-1917 to Current, presented by Lynn Wolff Family

Historic Lecture # 3:  January 13, 2022     American Prohibitian Museum and Effingham County Characters, presented by Phil Lewis

                                          The January 13, 2022 lecture has been cancelled for now due to Covid-19.

Historic Lecture # 4:  February 10, 2022   The Early History of Lutheran Church in Bethelem, Effingham County presented by Dean Manuel


                                      The February 10, 2002 lecture was cancelled on January 30, 2022 because of the very high Effingham County 

                                     COVID-19 positivity rate. It will be rescheduled later.

Historic Leuture # 5:   March 10, 2022       TBA 







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 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.

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?