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Schaumburg Septemberfest features one-room schoolhouse

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  • The 141-year-old, one-room Schaumburg Centre Public School will be open to visitors during Schaumburg's Septemberfest over Labor Day weekend and again on Sunday, Sept. 8. The school is believed to have been built in 1872 and stayed in use until 1954.

      The 141-year-old, one-room Schaumburg Centre Public School will be open to visitors during Schaumburg's Septemberfest over Labor Day weekend and again on Sunday, Sept. 8. The school is believed to have been built in 1872 and stayed in use until 1954.
    Courtesy of Schaumburg Township Historical Society

 
 

Carnival rides, games and musical entertainment aren't all that's happening this weekend during Schaumburg's Septemberfest celebration.

How much would you pay for a trip 141 years back in time? No worries, because it's as free as the fest's concerts.

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Visitors are invited to tour the one-room schoolhouse on the grounds of St. Peter's Lutheran Church at 208 E. Schaumburg Road -- just down the road from the Septemberfest grounds -- from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday and again from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 8.

After that, the Schaumburg Centre Public School will be closed until Memorial Day.

Believed to have been built in 1872, the schoolhouse incredibly remained in use until 1954. To save it from the wrecking ball, it was relocated to the church property in 1981.

The building is maintained by the village of Schaumburg and the schoolhouse museum run by the Schaumburg Township Historical Society.

Just a short walk from Septemberfest activities and Monday's parade route, a visit to the museum is an easy addition to any day of the fest.

For more information, visit the historical society's website at S-T-H-S.org.

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