The Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association (ECCCMA) and Lake Land College are partnering to offer the 2nd Annual Celebration of Lincoln and His Times. “The Election of 1860” will be the program’s topic this year. News Director Tom Jamison spoke with local historian and Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association President Delaine Donaldson and Lake Land College Kluther Center Director Karen Kull about the event. Press play to hear the full interview. Additional information about the event is also available below.
The presentation will take place on the second floor of the Effingham County Courthouse Museum on Thursday, April 14 at 7:00pm. The event is free and open to the public. Doors will open at 6:00pm to allow attendees the chance to look at the various displays, especially the Lincoln displays. Musicians from the Illinois Old Time Fiddlers Association will perform at 6:30pm.
“The partnership between Lake Land College and the ECCCMA works well for us as we are able to link our resources and passion for history to offer this event”, offered Delaine Donaldson, local historian and president of the ECCCMA. Matt Greider, Lake Land College history instructor and one of the presenters added, “The history of Abraham Lincoln is a topic that the public never tires of learning about. Lincoln was a resident of Illinois, so many people in this area have a connection to him or his past.”
Last year’s event, also held in April, was a huge success, with standing room only in the 1st floor court room. The program focused on the 150th anniversary of the death of Lincoln, with several local residents giving short presentations on various topics. The format for this year will be the same, but with much more available seating on the 2nd floor court room.
For more information, contact Karen Kull, Director of the Lake Land College Kluthe Center at 217-540-3500 or firstname.lastname@example.org.