LLCC Trutter Museum to open “Small World—Near to Far” exhibit Sept. 25

Exhibit features pieces from Trutter collection and LLCC art faculty; public invited to opening reception 5-7 p.m.

The Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum at LLCC is celebrating the opening of a new exhibit, “Small World—Near to Far,” on Friday, Sept. 25. The opening reception is being held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Trutter Center on the Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. The public is invited.

“Small World—Near to Far” is the sixth exhibit in the museum and will feature nearly 70 items, with 43 small pieces, from the Trutter world heritage collection. Pieces being featured in the exhibit include a bronze Chinese Temple Dog from the early Ching dynasty (1644-1912), Japanese Netsuke ivory carvings, clay Peruvian “Facepot” or “Portrait Jug,” amethyst carvings of monkeys and stone carvings of faces from the Yucatan. Big and bold art being featured will include signed prints by Salvador Dali and Marc Chagall.

To celebrate the talent of the world close to home, the exhibit also will feature the artwork of current LLCC art faculty and professional artists Michelle Coakes, Al Shull, Leslie Stalter and Thom Whalen, in addition to artwork by founding LLCC art faculty. Various pieces by Springfield photographer Carrie Beard will be on display at the opening reception.

Philip, a local architect, and his wife, Mary Kathryn Trutter, traveled throughout the world from the late 1950s through the mid-1970s. Traveling around the world approximately 10 times and visiting 100 countries and principalities, they collected a vast array of art, artifacts and other cultural items of interest. The Trutters exhibited a love of lifelong learning and desired to share their values with the LLCC community. About 750 pieces in the Trutter collection and a cash gift were bequeathed to the college after Mr. Trutter’s passing in December 2000.

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, contact Janet Semanik at 217.786.2217 or visit www.llccfoundation.org.

Last week to visit the WW I exhibit in the Trutter Center

This is the final week to view the special exhibit in the Trutter Center foyer, presented in conjunction with Dr. Chris McDonald’s book covernew book, “‘Three Lying or Four Sitting’ — From the Front in a Ford.” The book is an eyewitness account of World War I through the letters of Springfield native and Harvard student Kent Dunlap Hagler. The exhibit will be up through Friday and features many of Mr. Hagler’s original letters written to his parents during the war, as well as some irreplaceable personal items.

The weather looks good for a lunchtime stroll around campus this week, so stop by the Trutter Center! For more on the exhibit, visit the Trutter Museum web page.

All proceeds from Dr. McDonald’s book sales benefit the LLCC Foundation general scholarship fund in honor of Kent Dunlap Hagler. The book is available in the LLCC Bookstore.

Works of art from Trutter Museum on display in library

Selected works of art from the Trutter Museum World HeritageTrutter art2 Collection are now on display in the LLCC Library. The art pieces are part of the personal collection owned by Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter and generously donated to LLCC. To Trutter artsee more of the World Heritage Collection, please visit the Trutter Museum located in the Trutter Center on campus. For more information about the collection and the museum, contact Janet Semanik at 786-4510 or view the museum website at http://www.llccfoundation.org/.

Chris McDonald to present “From Springfield to Schlestadt” Saturday

Faculty, staff and students are invited to hear Political Science Professor Chris McDonald, Ph.D., present “From Springfield to Schlestadt” tomorrow, April 11 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Trutter Center. The public is invited to the free event.

Professor McDonald’s presentation is based on his new book,  book cover“‘Three Lying or Four Sitting’—From the Front in a Ford,” which gives an eyewitness account of World War I through the detailed, literate and humorous letters of Springfield native and Harvard student Kent Dunlap Hagler.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Cost is $20, which includes tax. All proceeds from book sales will benefit the LLCC Foundation general scholarship fund in honor of Kent Dunlap Hagler.

In addition to the presentation and book signing, an exhibit containing WWI artifacts is being presented by the Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum.

Chris will also present at Soup and Stories next Wednesday, April 15 from noon-1 p.m. in the R.H. Stephens Room.

Faculty and Staff invited to reception and talk featuring Dr. Chris McDonald

The LLCC Foundation would like to invite faculty and staff unable to make Saturday’s book signing and lecture by Dr. Chris McDonald to a similar event tonight at the Trutter Center. The reception begins at 5 p.m. in the Trutter Center foyer, with Dr. McDonald’s talk about his recently released book at 6 p.m.

Professor McDonald’s 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. Professor McDonald will provide a glimpse of Mr. Hagler’s life as an ambulance driver and the local connection to the Great War.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Cost of the book is $19.95, plus tax. All proceeds from book sales will benefit the LLCC Foundation general scholarship fund in honor of Kent Dunlap Hagler.

The Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum is also presenting an exhibit throughout April featuring many of Mr. Hagler’s original letters written to his parents during the war, as well as some irreplaceable personal items.

For more information, visit the Trutter Museum web page.

Professor Chris McDonald presents “From Springfield to Schlestadt” April 11

Political Science Professor Chris McDonald, Ph.D., will present “From Springfield to Schlestadt” on Saturday, April 11 from 9 to 10 a.m. The presentation is being held in the Trutter Center at LLCC-Springfield, 5250 Shepherd Road. The public is invited to the free event.

Professor McDonald’s presentation is based on his new book,  book cover“‘Three Lying or Four Sitting’—From the Front in a Ford,” which gives an eyewitness account of World War I through the detailed, literate and humorous letters of Springfield native and Harvard student Kent Dunlap Hagler. Professor McDonald will provide a glimpse of Mr. Hagler’s life as an ambulance driver and the local connection to the Great War.

A book signing will follow the presentation. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. Cost of the book is $19.95, plus tax. All proceeds from book sales will benefit the LLCC Foundation general scholarship fund in honor of Kent Dunlap Hagler.

In addition to the presentation and book signing, an exhibit containing WWI artifacts is being presented by the Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum. Items on display include original handwritten letters by Mr. Hagler to his parents, a certified copy of a letter written by General John Pershing to Mr. Hagler and the members of the American Expeditionary Force, the “Croix de Guerre” (War Cross) and citation awarded to Mr. Hagler, the actual tin plate featuring the War Cross that was mounted on the side of Mr. Hagler’s ambulance during the war, plus other Great War artifacts. The exhibit will be on display through the end of April.

Taking a lunchtime walk around campus? Stop by the Trutter Museum!

The warming spring weather is great for a lunchtime stroll around campus. And, you’re invited to stop by the Trutter Center, to see ProTextReception 006the ProText Partnership exhibit, “Text by Design,” at the Trutter  Museum. This unique exhibit will close at 5 p.m. Wednesday and features the work of more than 40 students in LLCC’s 3D Design, Screen Printing and Intro to Graphic Design classes, and explores the various ways artists merge language into their visual art.

And while there, take a look at the new, temporary exhibit in the Trutter Center foyer, presented as part of the campus and community events for Dr. Chris McDonald’s new book, “‘Three Lying or Four Sitting’ — From the Front in a Ford,” an eyewitness account of World War I through the letters of Springfield native and Harvard student Kent Letters2Dunlap Hagler. The exhibit will be on display throughout April and features many of Mr. Hagler’s original letters written to his parents during the war, as well as some irreplaceable personal items.

The book is available for purchase for $19.95 in the LLCC Bookstore. All proceeds from book sales will benefit the LLCC Foundation general scholarship fund in honor of Kent Dunlap Hagler.

For more on both these exhibits, visit the Trutter Museum web page.

Trutter Museum hosts Springfield Civic Garden Club’s Standard Flower Show June 27-28

The Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum is hosting the Springfield Civic Garden Club’s Standard Flower Show to honor the club’s 85th anniversary. The flower show is being held Friday, June 27 from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturday, June 28 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Trutter Center on the LLCC-Springfield campus, 5250 Shepherd Road. The event is free of charge and open to the public.

The theme of the flower show is “Our Legacy of Growing.” The exhibit will feature 70 floral designs, with an emphasis on table settings, artistic craft exhibits and educational displays on honey bees, daylilies and organic lawn care. The show opens with a special ribbon cutting at noon on Friday, June 27.  Co-chairs for the show are Karen Grant and David Robson.

The Standard Flower Show conforms to all the rules of the National Garden Club, Inc. and will be reviewed by accredited judges from Kentucky, Missouri and Illinois.

Co-sponsors of the show are Lincoln Land Community College and the Philip and Mary Kathryn Trutter Museum.