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Culture

Centralia offers cultural amenities usually only found in larger communities.

The community is continually enriched by the Centralia Cultural Society, established in 1961. The society's mission is to connect the arts with the community through appreciation, education, exhibition, and performance.

  • The Little Theatre Players present at least 4 musicals or plays annually.
  • The Choral Society performs a wide range of music including religious, classical, and contemporary selections, including a concert with the Philharmonic Orchestra during the holiday season.
  • The 50 member Philharmonic Orchestra is one of the oldest orchestras in southern Illinois. Something for everyone including classical music, pops concerts, outdoor concerts with fireworks and holiday concerts.
  • The Palette and Brush Club/Light and Lens Club holds annual art shows as well as sponsoring art classes.
The Centralia Area Historical Museum celebrates the history of the area, featuring exhibits of the railroad era, coal mining, the oil boom, and famous sports figures from the area. The Centralia Historical Society, established in 1998, offers monthly programs that include regional speakers, special exhibits, heritage events and even a secret garden tour.
 
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