2018 Photography Contest


Location: Douglas County Museum

Due Date: Friday, November 2nd 

Time: Due by 5:30 PM

Cost: $5 entry fee


We are gearing up once again for our 4th Annual Photography Contest for kids and adults! Cash prizes! Entries are due by November 2nd, 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 (2 in color, 2 in black & white, 2 in local history). The categories are Color, Black & White and Local History and 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 TBA. Further rules and regulations are listed on the entry form posted in the discussion and available on our website under events. Thanks!

Cash prizes for the winners are donated by these awesome local businesses & individuals:

Gold Sponsor: J.B.H & Co., Inc. of Arcola
Silver Sponsors: Dr. Robert and Priscilla Arrol of Arcola & The Kiwanis Club of Tuscola
Bronze Sponsors: Vintage Karma of Tuscola & Joe's Pizza of Tuscola

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!  

Rental information is at the bottom of this page.  

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ClickHEREfor photos of some past events and programs!


fundraising night at texas roadhouse

Location: Texas Roadhouse 204 N. Country Fair Dr. Champaign, IL
Date: ​Tuesday, November 20th
Time: 4:00 to 10:00 PM

Eat out at Texas Roadhouse on Tuesday, November 20th from 4:00 PM to 10:00 PM and they will donate 10% of your total food purchases to the museum! It's simple! Simply present the invitation listed in the discussion to your server and all you have to do is eat and enjoy yourself! Call ahead seating available at 217-355-9901. Valid for Dine-In and Carry-out. Texas Roadhouse is located at 204 N. Country Fair Dr. in Champaign.  Click on the link below to download an event flyer.




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"From Obscurity to Greatness:

       Lincoln  & Illinois 1830-1861"



The museum is hosting a lunch at 11:00 AM followed by a performance at noon by actor Kevin Wood, who portrays Abraham Lincoln. The program will be, "From Obscurity to Greatness: Lincoln and Illinois 1830-1861." Reservations are needed for this event. Tickets are $12 for members and $15 for non-members and are available at the museum.

In 1830, the young State of Illinois – only 12 years old – was the fifth smallest in the nation in terms of population. It was a relatively unknown and mostly undeveloped land with an uncertain future and not necessarily destined for any measure of greatness. That same year, a young man arrived in Illinois with his family and the same could be said about him: unknown, undeveloped, an uncertain future and not apparently destined for much. The next 31 years would see the transformation of both the state and the man, of both Illinois and … Abraham Lincoln.

By 1860, Illinois would grow more than tenfold to become the nation’s fourth largest state, full of energy and promise and a microcosm of the entire nation: a mix of northerners and southerners, native-born and immigrants, rich and poor, liberal and conservative, urban and rural. These groups clashed at times, but also learned how to live and work together to further the interests of all. And Abraham Lincoln would grow tremendously, too, to become known throughout the country as the President-elect of a nation in crisis, on the verge of disunion and perhaps even civil war, the leader who would need to try to keep a divided nation (and state) together, yet without abandoning his principles.
It is the story of how Illinois, and Lincoln, grew from obscurity to greatness during Illinois’ early years.
This program is appropriate for audiences of all ages, both adults and children.

Mr. Lincoln is portrayed by Kevin Wood, a professional Lincoln presenter who bears a remarkable resemblance to “the Great Emancipator” and who is extremely knowledgeable about his life and times. Mr. Wood also writes a blog – “Loath to Close… Still!” – which encourages others to reflect upon and learn from President Lincoln’s life and legacy. For more information, visit www.mrlincoln.com.

​Location: Douglas County Museum​
Date: ​Saturday, November 17th
Time: 11:00 AM 
Cost: $15 for non-members;

          $12 for members 

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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