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.
Monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m., at the chapel, unless otherwise noted. During this time of global pandemic, all meetings are being held remotely until further notice.
All rentals are subject to the state and city guidelines.
This pandemic is not over.
But we are allowing rentals.
This has been a difficult time for all of us, and we are committed to adhering to the health and safety guidelines provided by the state, county and city and CDC.
In the event that you book a rental and guidelines prohibit the gathering, we will gladly reschedule your rental or refund your payment.
During this time, until further notice, all Mascoutah Cemetery Chapel, Inc. meetings will be conducted remotely.
All fundraising activities are suspended until further notice.
For more info, call: 618-566-7425.
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. We did not meet our fundraising goal,
so 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, landscaping, a vacuum cleaner ...
Please consider make a donation.
We are a 501(c)(3), so gifts are tax-deductible.
Wedding photos by Larissa Photography
Just to mention a few...
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.
May 1 & 2, 2020
Southern Illinois Art and Fiber Fest!
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.