Painting Underway in Future Courthouse Museum

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Published on August 24 2012 3:39 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Painting is underway as volunteers with the Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association progress toward a fall opening of at least a portion of the facility.

Association Leader Delaine Donaldson Friday said painting work has begun in the Veterans Room and in the room that will house a H-O scale train layout.  The train room will feature scale replica depots and historic buildings from across the county.

Donaldson said Min-Wax in Flora has donated polyurethane for the floors of the two rooms and later for the former main courtroom on the second floor once it's put on display.

At Thursday's monthly meeting, Association volunteers heard about Pat Miller's visit to Effingham County earlier this summer on behalf of the Illinois Heritage Association.  Miller worked with 10 Association volunteers on proper cataloging of donated items. 

Donaldson said the Association has "literally thousands of items available for display".  Those include papers and other items collected by the late Kate Bourland as well as other donated memorabilia.

Miller's work will help the Association to eventually seek accreditation from the Heritage Association.

Association members also discussed the need for museum policies, name badges for the volunteers, and the 2012 Old Settlers Reunion set for September 22.