The Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum is currently closed in preparation for our next exhibit opening in late spring 2018. In the interim, the museum's collection room is open and available for small group visits.
For information or to schedule an appointment, call at 217.786.2217 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The Trutter Museum's formal hours are Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. or anytime by appointment. It is located in the Trutter Center on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road.
From the 1940s to the 1970s, Springfield natives Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter, traveled the world. From the hundreds of countries and principalities they visited around the globe, they began collecting a vast array of art, artifacts and cultural items of interest.
After Mrs. Trutter’s death in 1977, Phil continued collecting items and further nurtured his love of learning by taking art classes at Lincoln Land Community College. A friendship between a member of the college’s art faculty and Phil lead to his vision for a museum that would share the couple’s affection for learning and travel.
Upon Phil’s passing in 2000, the family bequeathed much of the collection to Lincoln Land Community College along with a generous stipend to establish the museum on the college’s Springfield campus. The Trutter Museum opened in 2004 and is administered by the LLCC Foundation as a unique and treasured legacy left to benefit students, faculty and the community.
18 items donated to Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum collection
The Library at Lincoln Land Community College is hosting a display featuring six pieces of original artwork by the late Springfield artist, Lillian Scalzo. The display is open to the public on the first floor of the library, located in Sangamon Hall. Library hours are Monday-Thursday, 7:30 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
These works are among 18 items recently donated to the collection at the Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum by Denise Eilers of Davenport, Iowa, including original artwork and copper enameled items.
Miss Scalzo, a longtime friend of Eilers’ family, spent her life devoted to art. She taught and was involved in the development of the art department at Springfield Junior College from 1929 until it was discontinued during World War II, then went on to illustrate medical pamphlets for the State Department of Health. She began teaching painting in 1936 at the Springfield Art Association and continued through much of her life. The Springfield Art Association was a shared interest between Eilers’ parents, Paul and Minnette Fuhrmann, and the Trutters. “From the time we were children, my brothers and I knew the Scalzo and Trutter names. The painting ‘Mother and Child,’ featured in this display, hung in our home as long as I can remember. Because of my family’s connection with both Lillian and the Trutters, the LLCC museum seemed like the perfect place to donate and preserve the work of such a talented lady.”
For more on Lillian Scalzo, click here.