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Trutter Museum - The Trutter collection features many world and cultural items. Learn more about the Trutter's story.


During April . . . "From Springfield to Schlestadt"

The Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum is proud to present a temporary exhibit this month as part of the release of a new book by LLCC Policitical Science Professor, Chris McDonald, Ph.D.  His book, "'Three Lying or Four Sitting' -- From the Front in a Ford," provides an eyewitness account of World War I through the letters of Springfield native and Harvard student Kent Dunlap Hagler.

The special exhibit, staged in the Trutter Center foyer, features many of Mr. Hagler's original letters written to his parents during the war, as well as some of his personal items.  It is free and open to the public during the college's regular business hours.

Copies of Dr. McDonald's book are available for purchase through the LLCC Bookstore.  All proceeds from book sales will benefit the LLCC Foundation general scholarship fund in honor of Kent Dunlap Hagler.

The Trutter Story

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.

Museum hours:
Tuesday through Thursday – 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Mid-May through Mid-August, or any other hours, by appointment.

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