Public invited to newly restored Bethel School
house at rural Emden on Sunday
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[JUNE 9, 2006]
EMDEN -- The Emden Historical Society will
present an open house at the Bethel one-room schoolhouse on Sunday.
This restored schoolhouse is a site of local history and will be fun
and educating for the whole family to see. Members of the historical
society will be on hand to welcome all the guests and to provide
information about the school.
The open house will be from 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday, and the school is
located 1 mile south of the Hopedale turnoff on Route 136, 2.5 miles
east of the Interstate 55 interchange.
The Bethel schoolhouse was deeded to the Emden Historical Society
on Oct. 14, 2005, after the death of longtime Emden resident Lloyd
Mitchell. The ground was originally deeded in 1862. Bethel School
became a part of District 4 in 1867 and was later a part of District
88. The school closed for good in 1948, after 81 years of service
for grades one through eight.
Bethel School remained in good repair over the years and now has
been fully restored. Though it will never again be a schoolhouse,
Bethel School will serve as a historic site for Emden and for Logan
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The Emden Historical Society was established in March 2002 and is
presently located in two upper rooms of the Emden Community House.
The purpose of the society is to procure, preserve and interpret
whatever relates to history of the Emden community for the present
and future generations.
For more information regarding the open house, please contact
Robert Cross at (217) 376-3859.
[News release from the
Abraham Lincoln Tourism
Bureau of Logan County]