Store Front Exhibits

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We've reached over 67% of our goal!  Please continue to donate online and at the museum to help us bring this amazing exhibit to life!


The Douglas County Museum is excited to announce the recreation of an early 20th century business district in a new, permanent exhibit space to share with the public historical objects from generous donors including: a bank safe door from the Arcola Drug Store, a blacksmith anvil once owned by USS Indianapolis survivor and Veteran Earl Riggins, antique doors from the Newman State Bank and a furniture undertaker, a desk from Tuscola's Cornbelt Savings and Loan, Dr. Lossman's dental chair from Tuscola, the original linotype machine from Journal office, a pulpit from Villa Grove Methodist Church, the organ from Newman's Fairfield Church, pews from the Camargo Methodist Church and many smaller items which will fill the exhibit space. We continue to seek more historic items from Douglas County and will use items already in our collection.

We have already completed the entire wooden frame structure of the town and are seeking donors from our community to help finish its final stages. 


Our goal is to raise $10,000 to complete the exhibit.


The Museum Association is a 501(c)3 organizations and your donations are TAX DEDUCTIBLE.  Your contribution will help the museum complete this immersive exhibit. Simply click on the "donate here" heart above to make a donation!

You can donate ANY amount to help our town exhibit and all donations are greatly appreciated.  For those larger donors, brass plaques will be engraves with donor recognition and displayed in our town for the following donation levels:

PIONEER- $250 

SETTLER - $500 


Please Note: The Museum Association is entirely responsible to raise money for this project through donations as tax dollars will NOT be used to complete this project.


Executive Director Anna Dvorachek (Newman), President Hannah Myers (Arcola), Vice President Ainslie Heilich (Tuscola), Secretary Bruce Wood (Tuscola), Treasurer Dani Kusman (Newman), Judy Landeck (Tuscola), Kathy Dyer (Tuscola), Chuck Knox (Villa Grove), Mike Cline (Villa Grove), Linda Brewer (Tuscola)