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!  Information on rentals is at the bottom of this page.  

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Mollie's War: Letters of a WWII WAC

Location: Douglas County Museum 

Admission: $5.00 for adults; kids 12 and under are free

​Date/Time: July 22nd, 1:00 pm

​Author Cyndee Schaffer discusses women in the military during WWII and in particular, her mother’s experiences as a member of the Women’s Army Corps. Mollie’s War is a memoir describing the life of a WAC who followed the troops into England, France, and Germany. Using excerpts from Mollie’s letters written home to her family, Cyndee takes you on the romantic and always frightful journey of a woman in uniform during this crucial time in history. 
She also discusses the writing adventure from working with her mother on her memoir and learning about the WACs to finding a traditional publisher.

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.

Rental Form


I Pledge in Arthur

​​Location: Gazebo Parking Lot in Arthur

Admission: Free 

​Date/Time: July 1st 11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Starting every July 1st and running throughout “National Ice Cream Month”, the “I Pledge Project” rewards children across America for their patriotism by offering them free ice cream just for reciting the Pledge of Allegiance by memory. 
We will be participating in the Arthur Freedom Celebration and be on hand helping Sue Falk and local Veterans at the gazebo in Arthur on July 1st from 11:00am to 1:00 pm. This event is made possible through the generous donations of Prairie Farms Ice Cream and Dicks Pharmacy! Come say the pledge from memory at the gazebo parking lot, get a sticker and head over to Dicks for some ice cream.
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Kids Read to Therapy Dogs

Location: Douglas County Museum 

Admission: Free 

​Date/Time:TBA August 2017

How: Sign-up with the museum for an appointment time between 3:45 - 5:30

​The Museum is hosting another program to help kids practice reading in a low-stress, non-judgmental environment by reading to certified therapy dogs. We want kids to be excited about reading since there are so many great history books out there!  Harriett Weatherford and Tom SuYou may sign up your child for a 15 minute time slot. You must be signed up through the museum to participate. This program concentrates on kids learning how to read who are at an elementary school reading level, but we also welcome kids of any age who are trying to gain confidence or are struggling with reading as well, so don’t be shy about asking for a slot!  We will have snacks and books provided by the Tuscola Public Library.


Printmaking for Kids

Location: Tuscola Public Library

Admission: Free 

​Date/Time:July 24th, 10:00 AM

How: Sign-up at the Tuscola Public Library

The Museum is hosting a printmaking class at the Tuscola Public Library! The Library's theme this summer is Reading by Design, so in line with that theme, kids can come "design" their own print at this event.
 We will be talking a little about the history behind printmaking while kids design, print and get to take home their very own piece! Weather-permitting, we will have two types of printmaking: Using sunlight on photopaper geared toward younger children and styrofoam block printing geared for older children. Parents and kids can select which type they want to do. 
 Sign up at the Tuscola Public Library so we know how many kids will be in attendance.