the Abraham Lincoln National Railsplitting Contest and Crafts
Bethel School to host open house
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[SEPT. 15, 2006]
EMDEN -- The Emden Historical Society will
present an open house at the Bethel one-room schoolhouse on Saturday
in conjunction with the 36th annual Abraham Lincoln National
Railsplitting Contest and Crafts Festival.
This restored schoolhouse is a site of local history and will be fun
and educating for the whole family to see. Members of the Emden
Historical Society will be on hand to welcome all the guests and to
provide information about the school.
The open house will be from
4 to 6 p.m., and the school is located one mile south of the
Hopedale turnoff from Route 136, 2.5 miles east of the Interstate 55
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 later part of District 88.
The school closed for good in 1948, after 81 years of service for
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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
The Emden Historical Society was established in March 2002 and is
presently located in two upper rooms of the Emden Community House.
The group's purpose is to procure, preserve and interpret whatever
relates to the history of the Emden community for the present and
For more information regarding the open house, please contact
Robert Cross at 217-376-3859.
For more information on the weekend festival, please visit
[Abraham Lincoln Tourism
Bureau of Logan County news release]