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

The Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum will re-open March 13
for a special exhibit, "Text by Design."

Four Springfield arts and education organizations have partnered to present exhibits exploring the various ways artists merge language into their visual art.  The Illinois State Museum, Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield Art Association and the University of Illinois Springfield have come together to form the Pro-Text Partnership, with plans to present future exhibits and events at each of the organization’s creative venues.

"Text by Design" will be presented at Lincoln Land Community College from March 13 through April 3.  The exhibit will be presented in the Trutter Center on LLCC's Springfield campus at 5250 Shepherd Road.

The LLCC exhibit will feature the work of more than 40 students in LLCC’s 3D Design, Screen printing and Intro to Graphic Design classes.  The freestanding-designed exhibit will feature large pieces made of cardboard, foam core, wood, Plexiglas, ceramics and other materials and mediums.

All four partner venues will also host an evening of coordinated receptions on Friday, March 13.  These receptions will allow guests to move from site to site to view all four exhibitions in a single evening and enjoy light refreshments at each location.

Please join us for the LLCC reception!

Friday, March 14 ~ 4 to 6 p.m.
Trutter Center ~ LLCC Springfield ~ 5250 Shepherd Road

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Coming in April...

The Trutter Center and Museum will host a temporary exhibit in conjunction with the release of the book "Three Lying or Four Sitting:  From the Front in a Ford"  The WW I letters of Kent Dunlap Hagler.  This book was written by Dr. Chris McDonald, a member of LLCC's Political Science faculty, and a former Pearson Master Teacher.

Mr. Hagler was an ambulance driver for the American Field Service during World War I.  The exhibit will feature some of Mr. Hagler's original letters, as well as other personal items.

A public event including a book signing and lecture by Dr. McDonald will be held April 11.  Please check back in mid-March for details on this special event.

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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