GivingTuesday began in 2012 as a simple idea: A day that encourages people to do good. Since then it has inspired hundreds of millions of people around the world to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.
At one time rural schools were the lifeblood of this nation, a gathering spot for learning and socializing. Even in the midst of the consolidation movement in the early '40s, Illinois had 9,000 one-room schools.
About 120 operated in McHenry County, alone. In 1988 the McHenry County Historical Society moved the building to its museum campus in Union. Following two years of restoration, it was dedicated and open to the public on Sept. 9, 1990.
The school features separate entrances for boys and girls, as was customary at the time. Such 19-century school also featured a compact design to better accommodate a range of human voices so students could hear. West Harmony measures 25 feet wide by 36 feet long.
This GivingTuesday, we are working to raise the $1,500 necessary to repair the bell tower of our 1895 one-room schoolhouse.
The cupola housing the school bell, as well as the base cladding, is showing signs of structural wear and rot. Framing supporting the bell is deteriorating. Cracking and water infiltration around fasteners is visible.
Would you donate today to help us reach that goal? Your generosity will make it possible for visiting school children to continue ringing the bell and connecting with the past.
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