Museum Association Talks Trains

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Published on July 27 2012 11:39 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Members of the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association Thursday discussed ways to maintain a high profile as work continues to convert the old Courthouse into a cultural center and museum.

Volunteers participated in the 4th of July parade in Effingham and handed out candy.  More people plan to walk in the County Fair Parade on August 5, and members of the Association will wear costumes to the United Way Gala and act as passengers on the Titanic.

Those present also heard about plans for the train room in the museum.  The track will be three feet off the ground so children will be able to see it.  Once floors in the room are sanded, work will begin on the benchwork.  Depots from surrounding towns will be recreated and included in the room.  The work will cost $2,000 to $3,000 unless plywood is donated, which would reduce the cost to around $500 to $600.  The goal is to feature a journey through history with representation of all of the towns in the county.

In other business, Association members heard that the Illinois Heritage Association will train ECCCMA members how to properly inventory items.  Many items have been received from the estate of longtime history buff Kate Bourland.  There will also be instruction on how to store items and how they should be displayed.

The Association has received two grants worth almost $2,400 in the past month, and more than $100 was generated from turning in scrap metal from earlier cleanup work.  Another work day will be held in the next couple of weeks, including carpet work and painting.  The goal is to get the first floor of the building ready by November 1 and open to the public by November 11 on a part-time basis.