Espenschied Chapel 317 County Road • P.O. Box 347 • Mascoutah, Illinois 62258
Espenschied Chapel 317 County Road • P.O. Box 347 • Mascoutah, Illinois 62258

Espenschied Chapel is not a church nor affiliated with any churches. But the simple elegance of its design inspires a spiritual energy, making it an ideal place for people to gather together.

 

Mascoutah Cemetery Chapel, Inc. is the official name of the 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit group that was formed to save the chapel from demolition in 1999.

 

Since its restoration, it serves as a cultural center in the community. We have a concert series and are working toward hosting more programs and cultural events and workshops! We feature artists who play original and traditional music.

 

The chapel was built at the bequest of a generous local family in 1928. Though it was very well built, after a short time it fell out of use, as funeral homes and local churches were preferred for services.

So the chapel sat unused and neglected for decades, until a decision was made that it was not needed anymore and that it would be too costly to invest in repairs to save the building.

 

Some concerned citizens rallied community support just in time to spare it from the wrecking ball. A not-for-profit group was formed and raised all the necessary funds –thanks to the generosity of the community– and with sheer determination, pitched in and did the work to restore the chapel to its original glory. A kitchen was added downstairs, new furnace and central air conditioning, new restroom facilities and some other improvements as well.

 

The intimacy of the small venue (100-115) will spoil you!

If you are interested in sponsoring or underwriting a concert, please contact us.
With that same can-do attitude that saved the chapel, we aspire to become a looked-to cultural center and concert venue.

 

  • What's New!/Donate/Buy Tickets

    We are still in fundraising mode!

    Thank you to all the generous donors who have helped make this project possible.

    Construction is complete! Several things have come up that have added to the estimated cost. And, we did not meet our fundraising goal yet.

    And we do have a list of needed further improvements, which include plaster repair, a new roof, improving gutters, stage lighting, tables and chairs, microwave oven, hand rails for the sidewalk that has steps... and

    Please consider make a donation.

    We are a 501(c)(3), so gifts are tax-deductible.

    Every dollar counts, and is greatly appreciated.

    Another way to help, support our concert efforts by buying tickets and helping us spread the word.

     

     

    The February 23 show was cancelled.

    The Accidentals!

    Hoping to reschedule soon.

     

    February 25, 4:30 p.m.

    Zicke Zacke, Zicke Zacke, Hoi Hoi Hoi!

    German Dinner at Roemer Topf

    Served buffet style, includes non-alcohol beverages, with cash bar and musical entertainment.

    Tickets available here or at Bee Hollow Market

    Sunday March 11, 2 p.m.

    Gaslight Squares Concert

    Tickets soon.

     

    Free Community Choir

    Free singing for fun at Espenschied chapel, 317 N. County Road, on Mondays for 6 weeks starting February 19th through March 26th, 7 pm to 8 pm. All ages welcome. No experience is necessary. Attendance for all rehearsals is not mandatory. Have fun; learn the benefits of singing; and learn a few songs. Will be led by a music therapy intern for a community wellness project.

     

    ALCOHOL INK TILES: The Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois invites you to an open house at their new home, the Espenschied Chapel, for a night of creativity! Cost is $10 per non-member and $5 per member. All participants will learn the basic techniques to create vibrant alcohol ink decorated coasters and can take home their creations. Thursday, February 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm Cost: $10 Non-Members, $5 Members

     

     

    Yoga at Espenschied Chapel for 2018 Schedule

    Starting on Sunday, January 7th at 4 p.m. and will run for 8 weeks.

    The month of March will be off, and starting up again in April for another 2 months.

    It will continue like that for the year, 2 months on, one month off.

     

    No registration or reservation required to participate. No charge, but donations are very much needed and appreciated.

     

     

    If you would like to receive email from us about upcoming events or news about projects at the chapel, please let us know. If you had signed up for our email list and are not receiving emails from us, please contact us. We have been getting a lot of rejected mail and are trying to update our mailing list.

     

  • Schedule / Calendar

    Cancelled:

    Friday, February 23, 7 p.m.

    The Accidentals!

    Hoping to reschedule soon.

     

    Free Community Choir

    Free singing for fun at Espenschied chapel, 317 N. County Road, on Mondays for 6 weeks starting February 19th through March 26th, 7 pm to 8 pm. All ages welcome. No experience is necessary. Attendance for all rehearsals is not mandatory. Have fun; learn the benefits of singing; and learn a few songs. Will be led by a music therapy intern for a community wellness project.

     

    ALCOHOL INK TILES: The Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois invites you to an open house at their new home, the Espenschied Chapel, for a night of creativity! Cost is $10 per non-member and $5 per member. All participants will learn the basic techniques to create vibrant alcohol ink decorated coasters and can take home their creations. Thursday, February 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm Cost: $10 Non-Members, $5 Members

     

    February 25, 4:30 p.m.

    Zicke Zacke, Zicke Zacke, Hoi Hoi Hoi!

    German Dinner at Roemer Topf

    Served buffet style, includes non-alcohol beverages, with cash bar and musical entertainment.

    Tickets available here or at Bee Hollow Market

     

    Sunday March 11, 2 p.m.

    Gaslight Squares Concert

    Tickets soon.

     

    Yoga at Espenschied Chapel for 2018 Schedule

    Starting on Sunday, January 7th at 4 p.m. and will run for 8 weeks.

    The month of March will be off, and starting up again in April for another 2 months.

    It will continue like that for the year, 2 months on, one month off.

     

    No registration or reservation required to participate. No charge, but donations are very much needed and appreciated.

     

    More events to be posted soon.

     

    Acoustic Jams are on a break for now, until further notice.

    Acoustic Jam Night

    No need to sign up, no fees, (though donations are needed and very much appreciated) just bring your guitar or other acoustic instrument (no amps) and let's jam for fun! Some flyers were put out that didn't say "Second Thursdays" so we'll have jam night each Thursday for a while. C'mon and join the fun!

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  • Yoga

    Big thanks to Amy for sharing her expertise with us, providing yoga classes.

    Check the calendar of Facebook for updates. Amy is a yoga therapist as well as an instructor and massage therapist. Thank you, Amy!

    No registration or dues required to participate (but donations are very much appreciated and needed)

     

    Any questions? If so, email: Amy

     

  • Acoustic Jam Sessions

    Acoustic Jams are on hiatus for now.

    Thanks to all participants.

  • Weddings & Christenings

    Wedding photos by Larissa Photography

  • Concerts (past)

    Just to mention a few...

  • Workshops

    We present workshops from time to time. When Geoff Muldaur was here, he did a concert and also a guitar playing workshop.

  •  Memorial Services

    Espenschied Chapel is next to the Mascoutah Cemetery and is available to be used for memorial services.

    When the accessibilty project is completed, the chapel will be able to accommodate funerals.

  • Accessibility Project/Donate

    Construction is complete!

    Espenschied Chapel is accessible! The new, accessible entrance to an addition includes new restrooms, a green room and an area for catered luncheons. The proposed improvements will make the chapel an ideal place for funeral and memorial services, as was the original purpose of the chapel.

     

    Our fundraising fell short of our goal.

    Please consider making a tax-deductible contribution to Mascoutah Cemetery Chapel, Inc.

     

     

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