Breakfast with Santa


Location: Douglas County Museum

Date: Saturday, December 2nd

Time: 8:00 AM - 11:00 PM

Breakfast with Santa is on Saturday, December 2nd from 8:00-11:00 AM. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend! Kids can visit with Santa and every child gets to pick out a free gift.  There will also be Donuts from Daylight Donuts, juice and milk for everyone to enjoy.

Winners from the 2017 Photography Contest Awards Day

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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Civil War Generals & OPening

Location: Douglas County Museum

Date: Saturday, December 9th 

Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM

On Saturday, December 9th at 12:00 PM, we are hosting an opening for a large, private collection of Civil War Era firearms. The firearms will remain on long-term display at the museum after the opening. To kick off the event, we will be serving a meal at noon catered by IGA and have two actors portraying Civil War Generals, General Custer and General Lee, in attendance. The Actors are a part of Grant, Lee, Custer, and Company; A Civil War Living History Troupe. 

As this program and meal have a higher cost than our last program, the tickets are $15 for members of the museum and $20 for non-members. The meal will be turkey and ham with side dishes and desserts. You must purchase tickets and make reservations ahead of time! Please call 217-253-2535 or email us at douglascountymuseum@hotmail.com. Tickets can be paid for in person, by mail, or using a credit/debit card through our website. Tickets can then be picked up at the museum.

Best in Show Winners LtoR: Lex Peck, Tricia Scott, Brooke Clark, and Shelbi Fleener

High School:
1. Mysterious Cornfield - Charlotte Donkers
2. Outrunning the Storm - Jackson Vandeventer
3. Hungry - Paige Dahl
Black & White
1. One Wish to Hide - Shelbi Fleener
2. Waning Gibbous Moon 85% - Lili McCall
3. I Scream, You Scream,… - Megan Osborne
Local History/Photojournalism
1. Inside the Country School - Charlotte Donkers
2. Blowing in the Wind – Justine Kauffman
3. Elevator – Juliana Liffick
High School Best in Show
1. One Wish to Hide - Shelbi Fleener

1. Decisions – Tricia Scott
2. Osage Sunset – Deb Young
3. Rustic Red – Tricia Scott
Black & White
1. Generations – Tricia Scott
2. Tree of Life – Becki Anderson
3. Rainy Day Drive – Lea Daly
Local History/Photojournalism
1. Spirit with the Team – Tricia Scott
2. Architecture Art – Lana Hill
3. The Finale – Bruce Wood
Adult Best in Show
1. Generations – Tricia Scott

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 douglascountymuseum@hotmail.com.  Download the rental form and send it along with your request.

Rental Form




3rd Annual Photography Contest Winners




​​Location: Douglas County Museum

Date: Come in and see them anyitme we are open!

Here are your winners for our 3rd Annual Photography Contest for kids and adults!  

Note: Photos were judged anonymously by a panel of four artistic individuals outside of the museum staff.  Photos are only given titles and separated by age and category.  For each of the four age groups, 1st-3rd places in Color, Black & White and Local History were chosen and a Best in Show for each age group was chosen. The Judges this year were: Photographer, Rachel Ray, Co-Owner of Vintage Karma, Laura Davis, Art Teacher at Arcola High School, Alex Lugo, and Co-Owner of Goss Advertising and Graphic Designer, Shani Goss.   You all made for some pretty tough decisions!

1. The Owl - Jacob Miller
2. Sunburst - Alexandria Clark
3. Concrete Angel - Arianna Peck
Black & White
1. Owl & Flag - Jacob Miller
2. Amish Horse - Arianna Peck
3. Farm Mailboxes - Lex Peck
Local History/Photojournalism
1. Arthur 2 Miles - Lex Peck
2. Hindsboro Rt. 66 - Aiden Myers
3. May the Force Be with You - Ethan Chaplin
Elementary Best in Show
1. Arthur 2 Miles - Lex Peck

Junior High:
1. Heart of Stone - Brooke Clark
2. Playground Beauty - Brooke Clark
Black & White
1. Garden Leather & Lace - Brooke Clark
2. She Loves Me Not - Brooke Clark
Junior High Best in Show
1. Garden Leather & Lace - Brooke Clark

Cash prizes for the winners are donated by these wonderful local businesses & individuals:
Gold Sponsor: J.B.H & Co., Inc. of Arcola
Silver Sponsor: Dr. Robert and Priscilla Arrol of Arcola
Bronze Sponsors: The Arthur Flower Shop, Vintage Karma of Tuscola, The Barber Armstrong of Tuscola, The Vault of Tuscola, & Goss Advertising of Decatur