3rd Annual Photography Contest


​​Location: Douglas County Museum

Entrance Fee: $5

​Due Date: October 12th, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

We are gearing up once again for our 3rd Annual

Photography Contest for kids and adults! Cash prizes!

Entries are due by October 12th, although you can drop

off your photos anytime during normal business hours before that day! Photos will be judged anonymously by artists outside of the museum staff. We have three kids age levels: elementary, middle and high school and an amateur adult category for those over the age of 18! All exhibitors pay $5.00 and can enter up to six photos for that one flat fee. Two photos may be entered in each of the three categories: Color, Black & White and Local History.  All photos must be taken in Douglas County (including all of Arthur and all of Atwood). Photos must be an 8 x 10 size or larger. You can frame your photos if you'd like, otherwise the museum has 8 x 10 frames for you to use. Awards Day is Ocotber 28th at 1:00PM. Further rules and regulations are listed on the entry form posted in the discussion and available on our website under events. 

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


meet the vanishing woman

​Location: Douglas County Museum

Admission: $10 for members; $15 for non-members

​Date/Time: October 14th at 12:00 pm

MEET THE VANISHING WOMAN–Actress Jennifer Goran will portray Ellen Craft, a slave who escaped in 1848 by pretending to be a white man, while her husband posed as her slave. Ellen escaped from slavery by hiding in plain sight in one of the boldest escapes in history - an escape driven by audacity and the desire for family.  Doug Peterson, Author of the book, "The Vanishing Woman," will also talk about the real Ellen Craft, who is the hero of his novel.

We will serve a meal of ham, cheesy potatoes and fruit cobbler. The cost for the program and meal is $10 for members of the Douglas County Museum and $15 for non-members. The meal will start at noon and the program will begin at 1:00 PM. We welcome people of all ages to attend! 

This is a fundraiser for the museum and we have some great sponsors for the event!  Special thanks to: Sons of Union Veterans Frank Reed Post #24, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War Mary Todd Lincoln Tent #48, and Vintage Karma for sponsoring!!

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



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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ClickHEREfor photos of some past events and programs!


Wine and FalL Flower Arranging



Location: Douglas County Museum

Admission: $30

​Date/Time: October 6th, 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

A Bloom Above & Beyond is returning to the museum to help you create a fall floral arrangement in a decorated wine bottle. The bottoms of the wine bottles will be removed so you can add your own lights later! You will also be able to enjoy some wine while you create! Cost is $30 for the class. You must call and reserve your spot to participate. 217-253-2535.