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Now at the Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum

The Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum is celebrating the opening of a new exhibit, “Trutter: Black and White,” This is the seventh exhibit at the museum and is being sponsored by Frye-Williamson Press, Inc.

"Trutter:  Black and White" features photographs of Springfield landmarks designed by Philip Trutter and his associates during his career as an architect, as well as black and white artifacts collected by the Trutters during their worldwide travels.

The remarkable photos were taken by seven photographers from the Springfield Camera Club: Cynthia Gallo Callan, Steve Jacobs, Jim Johnston, Norm Langhoff, Linda Gorman Reed, Karl Vogl and Bob Wangard. (Click the image at right for more on the exhibit photographers.)  Some of the buildings featured in the photos are several schools including the former Griffin High School, Franklin Middle School and St. Patrick’s School; the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport; and Springfield Municipal Center West. The featured artifacts include ancient Chinese currency, carved mahogany statues from Africa, and Japanese Netsuke ivory carvings, among others.

A native of Springfield, Mr. Trutter returned to the area to begin his architectural career after graduating from the University of Illinois in 1938.  Phil retired in 1964 at the age of 52 to focus on traveling with his wife, Mary Kathryn. The Trutters visited 100 countries and principalities and traveled around the world approximately 10 times from the late 1950s to the mid-1970s.

Museum hours are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and anytime by appointment. For information or to schedule an appointment, call at 217.786.2217 or visit www.llccfoundation.org.



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.


Lillian Scalzo artwork on display in LLCC Library

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.


~ Trutter Museum Hours ~

Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.



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