Seventeen Stewardson-Strasburg Area Seasoned Citizens journeyed to the Effingham County Museum on June 26.

They were welcomed by volunteer guides Delaine Donaldson, LoElla Baker, Jerry Katz, Linda Ruholl and Allen Westendorf.

The tour began in the courtroom on the main floor learning how Effingham was settled by native tribes, followed by mostly German descendants who came to American for a better life. The group toured five different gallery rooms depicting areas from World War I through the rest of the wars. They viewed pictures, clothing and personal items of the men and women from Effingham County and surrounding areas who had served in each war. The museum also had pictures and items from the St. Anthony Hospital fire, doctors and lawyers who established their offices in the county and displays with miniature buildings of the businesses in Effingham.

The final stop was on the second floor, which is being renovated to look like the original courtroom used in the era of President Abraham Lincoln. The group also viewed the painting artistry in the center of the ceiling, which is being created and painted by Dr. Ruben Boyajian.

Everyone enjoyed the tour of the museum and was appreciative of the volunteers who were informative. Concluding the tour, everyone ate lunch at Joe's Pizza.

Dave Cruitt, Shelby County Board Chairman, will be the guest speak at the July 31 gathering at the Strasburg Community Center.