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Public invited to visit attractions Dec. 10 at LeRoy Oakes in St. Charles

Pioneer Sholes School in St. Charles will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10. It is one of three sites at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve that will host activities that day.
Pioneer Sholes School in St. Charles will host an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 10. It is one of three sites at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve that will host activities that day.

ST. CHARLES – Three historical attractions, each located at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve in St. Charles, will host special programs Dec. 10.

Pioneer Sholes School, 236 Chasse Circle, St. Charles, which is managed by the Pioneer Sholes School Society, will host its final open house of the year from 1 to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Light refreshments, crafts, a tour and a discussion of the school’s colorful history will be featured.

Built in 1872, the building was a typical one-room country school when it opened. Today, it serves as a living history museum for students and teachers. Fox River Grove resident Lou Schaier, a former agriculture instructor and 1947 student at Pioneer Sholes, will recount his school experiences from that year.

Five board members, four docents, two junior docents and one director now manage the school, said Craig Dorsey, executive director of the site for the past five years.

“Pioneer Sholes offers a unique experience in the Fox Valley, allowing one to visit the 19th century for a short time in an educational setting,” he said.

The Durant House Museum, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles, which is managed by Preservation Partners of the Fox Valley, will host its holiday gathering from 2 to 6 p.m. Dec. 10.

The event will feature music, candlelight tours and ginger cake. Admission is $5 per person.

The 1843 brick farmstead now serves as a living history museum, representing the lifestyle and the furnishings of the 1840s. Volunteers as costumed guides welcome the public throughout the year.

Creek Bend Nature Center, 37W700 Dean St., St. Charles – the hub of LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve District’s environmental education program – will be open from noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 10. Admission is free. The center features interpretive displays and hands-on exhibits, such as a Prairie Ecology exhibit, which includes information about bison, as well as biodiversity components. Its wetland exhibit, A Clams-Eye View of the Fox River, is another attraction.

For information on the Dec. 10 programs that will be offered at Pioneer Sholes School, the Durant House Museum or Creek Bend Nature Center, call Dorsey at 630-956-2581. More information about the sites can be found at pioneersholesschool.org, www.kaneforest.com/historicsites/durantHouse.aspx and www.kaneforest.com/naturecenter.aspx.

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