ECCCMA Group Scheduled To Open Bottom Floor of Courthouse Sunday

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Published on November 5 2012 3:49 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Millie Lange

The Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Group has reached a milestone. ECCCMA will be opening the bottom floor of the Effingham County Courthouse after working very hard for the last six months.

The Open House will be held Sunday, November 11 from 1-4 p.m. for the general public. There are five rooms on the bottom floor. When coming in the front door the first room to the left is the Veteran's Room where different conflicts will be featured. The feature for the opening is World War II. There are photographs, uniforms and medals, among many numerous other artifacts on display.

The room next to the Veteran's Room is the USS Effingham Room which will display the ship, the USS Effingham and many more artifacts.

The final room on the left side is the Media Room which has been kept as a courtroom. The Lecture Series will be held in this room each month. The opening lecture will be held Thursday, November 8 at 7 p.m. with Tom McDevitt talking about his memories of growing up in Effingham County. McDevitt's father served as sheriff. The public is invited to this lecture.

The Media Room also will be for field trips for schools.

On the right hand side of the hallway is the Train Room where an elaborate display of Effingham County will be presented with a running train. There will be replicas of train depots from each of the towns along with a lot of Effingham County buildings and history. The Train Room is still under construction but will be open for viewing.

The room next to the Train Room will have display cases of memoriabilia from Effingham County.

The courthouse will be open for ECCCMA members only Friday, November 9 from 6-8 p.m. This is for members only or for anyone who may want to join that evening. Cost is $25 to join the ECCCMA group. Martin's IGA Plus will be serving refreshments Friday evening for the members only open house.