Spoon River Anthology


​​Location: Douglas County Museum

Date: ​Thursday, September 13th

Time: 6:30 PM

Cost: Free!

Historical actors Paddy and John Lynn will portray characters from Spoon River Anthology in costume, performing approximately 30 of the poems. Their renditions will be interspersed with folk and popular music of the period performed by singer, guitarist, and banjoist Patti Ecker.

​Spoon River Anthology, a collection of poems by Edgar Lee Masters published in 1915-16, represents a milestone in the literary history of Illinois and the United States. It was recognized as innovative not only for its creative experimentation with poetic form but also for its unvarnished representation of life in a middle-American small town through the voices of inhabitants of its cemetery, who reflect upon their experiences from beyond the grave. 

​The event is being produced in part by Illinois Humanities Road Scholars Speakers

Bureau, a program that provides organizations statewide with affordable, entertaining,

and thought-provoking humanities events for their communities.


Civil War Era Firearms Exhibit

​​Location: Douglas County Museum

Date: ​Open during normal business hours

 Come see a large, private collection of Civil War Era firearms. The firearms will remain on long-term display at the museum after the opening. the display was put together by the Sons of Union Veterans and various private collectors.

Building Rentals

Interested in renting out the Museum for an event or even just a short meeting? We rent out our main exhibit space for all kinds of events from short business meetings to large fundraising events.  Our exhibit cases are all on wheels and can move off the floor.  We also have a full kitchen, dinner service sets, flatware, dishes, banquet tables, and chairs that are available for you to use. If you are interested in renting the building for your event, please call us at 217-235-2535 or email us at  Download the rental form and send it along with your request.

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The Museum offers a variety of events and programs throughout the year.  We  host speakers on local historical topics, have larger events with local musicians  and exhibit openings, host craft workshops, give tours and much more!  

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