Coinciding with the Illinois Bicentennial in 2018, Doors Open Illinois will see iconic historical sites and architectural treasures throughout the state open their doors to the public during four consecutive weekends in August. It's a chance for visitors to get a special glimpse of Illinois history and heritage. Each Region will be showcased a different weekend in August.
Attractions throughout the region will open their doors for free admission during the region's designated days. For the Effingham County Museum, those days are August 11 and 12. Hours on Saturday are from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. On Sunday, the Museum hours are from 11:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m.
The Effingham County Museum is an essential thread in the cultural and educational fabric of South/Central Illinois. Housed in the magnificent historic Effingham County Courthouse, programs and exhibits tell the rich stories of past generations along with those of new and growing communities. Visitors can explore exhibits about area military vets, the 1949 St. Anthony Hospital fire, social reformer Ada Kepley, family life, faith, community, education, politics, business, agriculture, and Lincoln Lore to tell the story of the area's rich heritage.
On Sunday, August 12, visitors will learn about several Nineteenth Century Effingham County residents who had contact with Abraham Lincoln and often talked about their relationships. This afternoon’s program explores those stories which have been passed down from generation to generation. First person presentations will tell the stories of Catherine Goodell, Joseph Horn, Matilda Flack, Kate Clutter, and Mary Newcomb. The program will begin at 1:30 on the historic courthouse’s second floor.