You are invited to North Grove School Association’s Old Fashioned Christmas this Saturday, November 30th, 2013. From 2 -5pm Saturday, the one room schoolhouse will be open to the public. St. Lucia will welcome you as you step back in time and into the holiday season with tree trimming, music and refreshments. Some Swede customs will be evident as well as cookies and glogg.
The North Grove School, 3 miles northwest of Sycamore, was built in 1878 by the Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church as a parochial and Sunday school. Pupils of diverse ethnic backgrounds learned their lessons in Swedish, even several years after the DeKalb County public school system purchased the school in 1880. The Sycamore unit district acquired the school in 1949, and it continued as a school until 1952, when it was closed. In 1970 North Grove School was listed in the Illinois Directory of Historical Buildings. Today the school is still owned by the Sycamore School District but is leased to and lovingly cared for by the North Grove School Association, whose goal is to preserve this educational icon for future generations.
Everyone who comes will be decorating the Christmas tree and listening to vinyl Christmas records. This free event is a ‘feel good holiday open house’ to celebrate the season. North Grove School House is located at 26745 Brickville Road in Sycamore. Learn more about the North Grove School Association here.