Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Local News

November 12, 2012

Museum opens

EFFINGHAM —     After ribbons were cut, the Old Effingham Courthouse Museum saw several hundred visitors were given a peak at life how used to be in the county.

    The museum, which featured a variety of items from the county’s history, including military uniforms, period accurate model trains and a variety of photos and collages, opened at 1 p.m. Sunday after months of hard work by volunteers to get the old court house ready for visitors.

    “It’s exhilarating,” said Delaine Donaldson, chairman of the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association. “We’ve had a tremendous sense of accomplishment.”

    While Sunday was an important day for the museum and those who have helped to set it up, Donaldson wanted to  make sure that veterans would also be honored during the building’s opening.

    “We’re really celebrating veterans from across Effingham County,” Donaldson said.

    Several rooms in the museum pay tribute to those who have served. Whether it’s in a collection of military uniforms, models of the USS Effingham or an entire area devoted to life on the home front during World War II, it’s clear that military involvement has always been a part of Effingham County’s history.

    Visitors to the museum seemed impressed with the amount of history on display and the way it spoke to the community’s past.

    “It’s like I was saying,” said Lulubelle Winn, of Effingham, as she stood in what was once the courtroom and now features photos of long past Effingham officials. “It these walls could talk, there would be so much history. It should be part of history and thank God people have kept it that way.”

    Other visitors saw the museum as a way to escape back into a life they had lived many years before.

    “It makes me feel good,” said Kenneth Chapman, of Effingham, who had worked on trains similar to those modeled in the museum. “I love seeing it. I live in the past most of the time anyway.”

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Late-winter deer season extinct in area counties TONY HUFFMANDaily NewsHunters in Cumberland and Fayette counties may need to seek treatment for their late-winter deer fever.Due to a strategic decrease in deer populations throughout the state, the late-winter, antlerless-only hunting season will be

    July 24, 2014

  • 7-23 crossroads walker.jpg Walking for life

    A group of nine Crossroads Walkers braved temperatures approaching 90 degrees Tuesday to walk from Greenville to Effingham as part of a cross-country walk designed to call attention to the pro-life movement..

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Concealed-Carry-Clothing-Suit-Jacket-400.jpg Concealed carry objections addressed

    In an effort to offer reasoning behind denials for concealed carry permits, Illinois State Police is assisting the Concealed Carry License Review Board in implementing additional measures to regulate the permit process.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Concealed carry objections addressed

    In an effort to offer reasoning behind denials for concealed carry permits, Illinois State Police is assisting the Concealed Carry License Review Board in implementing additional measures to regulate the permit process.

    July 22, 2014

  • Jay Miller faces more charges after alleged jailhouse attack

    An Altamont man already facing a minimum of 15 years in prison for contributing to the heroin overdose death of an Effingham woman in February could be facing even more prison time after allegedly attacking another inmate in the Effingham County Jail visitation room this past weekend.

    July 21, 2014

  • MIller, Jay C 021314.jpg Jay Miller attacks trial witness

    An Effingham County Jail inmate is facing additional charges after allegedly assaulting another inmate.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Vehicle overturns in accident on I-70

    An accident on Interstate 70 sent one driver over a guardrail and down an embankment near Altamont.

    July 20, 2014

  • Three drivers injured in Vandalia accident

    A four vehicle accident in Fayette County sent three drivers to hospitals.

    July 20, 2014

  • preview.jpg Bus delivering school supplies to children

    Through 19 years, two buses and thou­sands of dollars in donations, families in need have been able to do their school shopping for free through the Ramblin’ Rose School Bus.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • BRIANBLOOM-300x200.jpg Opinion: Community should be more inclusive in face of fliers

    This past weekend Effingham residents reported that leaflets, placed inside a rock-laden bag, were distributed promoting the mantra of the Ku Klux Klan.
    At least the rocks have a modicum of value.

    July 20, 2014 1 Photo

AP Video
Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.