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.
Thank you to all who helped make this concert happen! The donors, the ticket purchasers, the chapel workers and, of course, JUDY COLLINS and her team.
It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
If you were here and would like to share a comment please, we'd love to hear it.
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.
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, landscaping, a vacuum cleaner ...
Please consider make a donation.
We are a 501(c)(3), so gifts are tax-deductible.
2019 Cemetery Walk
Sponsored by Mascoutah Heritage Museum & other cooperating organizations
Purpose of Walk: to arouse interest in and care for our cemetery, to honor our early citizens, to collect funds for repairing the monuments of our early citizens and purchasing simple markers for a number of unmarked graves.
Every stone has a story…
Listen to stories of early Mascoutah residents. Local residents of the cemetery will be portrayed who will tell a bit about their history
A good, old-fashioned Fried Chicken Dinner will be served from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. in Espenschied Chapel. Includes 2 pieces of freshly fried chicken, 2 sides, and a drink (tea or lemonade.) Desserts also available. Proceeds from this dinner all go to the event.
Pre-walk festivities, include live music and meeting past walk participants. If you have questions about the cemetery, or its residents, we'll have folks on hand to answer questions.
The walk begins at one p.m., followed by an indoor presentation — in Espenschied Chapel — at 3 p.m.
Tickets for the walk are $10 in advance, $15 at the gate.
Tickets available at: Dauber’s Pharmacy, Donna Mae’s, Mascoutah Public Library, Flowers and Balloons, Mascoutah Heritage Museum & button above.
If you purchase your ticket online, check in at the welcome tent to get your wristband.
Please bring cash to pay at the event... but if you'd
like to pre-pay for chicken dinners, here's a button for that:
Gary John Gardner
Please check back later for future events. And you can sign up for email updates.
A HUGE thank you to Amy and all the Mascoutah Yogis for the donations. It has taken 3 years, but we finally earned enough yoga donations to purchase the new chairs!!!!
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
Wedding photos by Larissa Photography
Espenschied Chapel is now the headquarters of the Artisan Guild of Southern Illinois. Meetings are the second and last Thursdays of each month. New members welcome.
Just to mention a few...