Open for Summer Hours: Saturdays and Sundays 12-4
This National Register site serves as the Historical Society museum.
Closed for the winter. Please contact us to make an appointment.
East School was built during the Civil War and has one of the few remaining working clock towers of its kind, designed by Chicago architect John M. Van Osdel. In 1971, the school was threatened with being torn down. The Historical Society, with the help of Dr. and Mrs. Tom Bunting, bought the school and saved it. Since then, the building has been used for many purposes and events including the theater guild and now the museum.
A photo from the Historical Society collection
The building has gone largely unchanged since it was built. Lighting was installed in 1940s, as was new hardwood the 4 downstairs rooms (the northwest room has original flooring uncovered). The four downstairs rooms are full of artifacts for your viewing and educational enjoyment.
Our to-do list includes finishing the repair of all windows and installing an elevator to make the upstairs more accessible so we can expand the museum into the second story.