Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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February 25, 2014

Museum changing exhibits

EFFINGHAM — Local history buffs will have some new exhibits to look at in the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum, beginning next week.

"New materials have been set in place, while some older displays have been newly arranged," said museum association president Delaine Donaldson.

The changes will be apparent once one walks into the museum, in a building which housed the Effingham County Courthouse for more than 130 years. A quick turn to the left after walking inside brings one into the "veterans room," which has been re-organized to include a variety of conflicts in which area soldiers have been involved. The room was previously devoted primarily to World War II.

Donaldson said the old first floor courtroom, also on the first floor, is being transformed into a celebration of the legal system, with exhibits focusing on personalities and events.

Out in the main corridor, museum volunteers have developed a display celebrating the Civilian Conservation Corps camps of the 1930s. In yet another room, volunteers have set up a display focusing on the Korean and Vietnam conflicts, as well as the societal changes that occurred during the 1950s and 60s.

Finally, there have been new materials added to the railroad room, which is on the east side of the building off the main corridor.

Donaldson said it is the nature of a museum to periodically change exhibits.

"Our intent is to tell the full story of Effingham County history," he said. "We have already told a portion of the story, but we have so much material that is being brought in that we can provide a better understanding of the history of the county, as well as the role that Effingham County people have played in world events."

A members-only open house is set for Friday evening. The museum will be open to the public beginning Tuesday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesdays and Saturdays.

Bill Grimes can be reached at 217-347-7151, ext. 132, at bill.grimes@effinghamdailynews.com, or via Twitter at EDNBGrimes

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