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Bus tour of one-room schools planned

Published: Thursday, April 24, 2014 12:57 p.m. CDT

RIDGEFIELD – Those unable to make Sunday’s open house at the century old Ridgefield School, will get another opportunity to visit the school at 8617 Ridgefield Road on Saturday, May 31.

The McHenry County Historical Society and McHenry County College are collaborating to host a one-of-a-kind, one-room school bus tour from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. across southeastern McHenry County.

Residents have until May 23 to sign up for a firsthand look at the restoration process of Haligus and Ford schools – built in 1861 and 1886, respectively. See the Crystal Lake Academy, now owned by St. Mary’s Episcopal Church. It is one of the oldest buildings, circa 1852, in the county.

Finally, eat lunch at seldom-seen, historic Turner Camp in Algonquin. Tour a portion of the 102-grounds and learn about the history of the German Turner movement and its ties to gymnastics. The Turners reached the Chicago area in 1852. Many chapters, known as “Turnvereins,” became active in labor and socialist movements, women’s suffrage and against Temperance.

For more information, to check availability or to request a brochure, or to RSVP to the trip preview through McHenry County College, call Claudia Terrones at 815-455-8782 or visit http://www.mchenry.edu/Trips/index.asp The cost, including a guided bus tour and lunch, is $49.

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