Cedarhurst founders

John and Eleanor Mitchell

The Mitchell Museum at Cedarhurst is the enduring legacy of philanthropists John R. and Eleanor R. Mitchell.

The Mitchells were passionate about art and the impact it makes on all ages.
They believed it was a necessity to ensure the quality of education and quality of life
for people in southern Illinois.

In 1965 a Trust document was created by the Mitchells that provided a lasting gift to the residents and visitors of southern Illinois: their collection of late 19th and early 20th century American paintings and decorative arts, as well as finances to build a museum on their estate called Cedarhurst.

The Mitchell Museum opened in November of 1973,  and for 50 years the museum and the Mitchell Foundation have celebrated the arts by providing quality arts-rich programs and opportunities for the people of southern Illinois.

Join us as we celebrate
Cedarhurst – 50 years of
art, culture, and community!