Friend of the Museum

Why You Should Be A Friend of the Museum

The best ways to support the Effingham County Museum is by becoming a Friend of the Museum. The most important benefit of membership is the knowledge that you are assisting the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association, Inc. in its effort to serve our community by renovating the old Effingham County Courthouse and converting this historical gem into a cultural center that embraces our history through exciting exhibits, educational programs, and the collection and preservation of our past.

We depend on the generous contributions of our Friends of the Museum to be able to continue  this important work.

Become A Friend of the Museum; Support The Museum And Help Preserve History!

Purchasing a Friend of the Museum membership for someone else is great gift!

Tax Benefits

Under IRS guidelines, the value of becoming a Friend of the Museum benefits is not substantial so your payment is tax-deductible.

Legal Notice
All annual and other memberships are revocable licenses. The ECCCMA reserves the right to refuse or revoke membership and/or deny admission without refund for non-compliance with applicable rules and terms or for inappropriate conduct.

Membership Sign-Up

You can sign up securely online here:

Or you can choose to pay by check or money order by downloading the membership form here:
Membership Form » »

Mail it to:

P.O. Box 324
Effingham, IL 62401

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.

Get Involved

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.