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TAKE A STEP BACK IN TIME AT THE CHANA SCHOOL
Reading, writing, and arithmetic are just three staples awaiting Autumn on Parade visitors at the historic Chana School, located on River Road in Oregon Park East.

This unique two-room school, built in 1883, is celebrating its 131st birthday this year!!

It will be open for tours on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Costumed docents will greet visitors inside the school.

The school originally stood in the town of Chana seven miles from Oregon and was set to be torn down in 1998.

But a group of local citizens formed the Chana School Foundation to move the building to a new location, restore it to its original appearance, and operate it as a living history museum.

"This fairy tale story began with a building that was going to be destroyed, because it was in the way of progress. It had been used in a variety of ways, since the closing of the Chana School District in the late 1960s," said Connie Stauffer, who along with Chana native Duke Thomas, spearheaded the school's move and restoration.

"Little had been done to keep the old building standing. It had not been painted in 60 years. Was it an eyesore? Yes! But we had a vision of what the old Chana School could do for education and history of our area if it were saved and restored."

After five years of fund raising, grant writing and thousands of hours of volunteer labor, the Chana School Museum opened in the Fall of 2003.

In December 2005, the school was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.

"This was an amazing recognition for the school and to everyone who had volunteered their energy to help make the school a landmark—not only for Oregon, but for the state of Illinois and our nation," said Stauffer. "There are only two schools with two classrooms on the National Register from Illinois and the Chana School is the only two-room wooden school on the register from Illinois."

This unique V-shaped building is not your typical rural schoolhouse.

Inside visitors will find cloak rooms with curved walls, decorative pressed tin walls and ceilings and fancy carved woodwork painted in Victorian colors.

One classroom has been restored to how it would have looked in the mid 1890s complete with period desks, pump organ, antique lithographs and a decorative wood stove. The other classroom contains exhibits about life in the late 1800s and information about rural education in northern Illinois.

The Chana School is open by appointment by calling 815-732-4714 or 815-732-2447.

The school offers simulation field trips for school classes throughout the year. The museum can also be used for weddings, meetings, and workshops.