|Visit the Historic Churchville Schoolhouse
The Churchville Schoolhouse is a National Register of Historic Places property owned by the City of Elmhurst and managed by the Elmhurst Historical Museum. This historic structure, which features one of the few remaining one-room schoolhouses in the state of Illinois on its original site, has undergone a major restoration and is now available for school groups and community programs. Field trips for school and scout groups can now be booked through the Elmhurst Historical Museum for an interactive living history experience with a trained school marm taking students back in time to 1910. Find out more about this exciting learning opportunity:
Click here to fill out and submit an online contact form for your school group. Adult and scout groups, please call the museum at 630-833-1457 to make arrangements.
Download the Brochure
Click here to download the new Churchville Schoolhouse Living History Program brochure.
Contact the Churchville Schoolhouse program coordinator at 630-833-1457 or via e-mail at .
The Churchville Schoolhouse is located just past the northern boundary of Elmhurst at 3N784 Church Road (just north of Grand Ave.) in Bensenville. Click here for Google Maps directions.
$5 per student (full or half-day).
The program is free to schools from Elmhurst and Bensenville.
Parking and Accessibility
On-site parking for buses is available. The Schoolhouse is accessible to visitors with disabilities via a ramp at the rear of the building.
History of the Churchville Schoolhouse
Find out more about the history of this special historic place that dates to 1846.
Churchville Schoolhouse News
Elmhurst Service Clubs go to summer school
Members of some of Elmhurst's Service Clubs went to school the week of August 6th at the historic Churchville Schoolhouse located in Bensenville. The Elmhurst Heritage Foundation invited local service clubs to enjoy lunch and a presentation on the history of the Schoolhouse by Elmhurst Historical Museum Director, Brian Bergheger. In addition, the groups experienced a sample of the living history program with the staff school marm, Crystal St. John, to gain an understanding of what classes were like during the early 1900s.
Churchville Schoolhouse Programs take students on a trip back in history
In October 2011, the first pilot programs for Elmhurst elementary school students took place at the Churchville Schoolhouse. Students from Miss Brook's second grade class at Conrad Fischer Elementary School had the honor of being the first children to experience the living history program led by school marm Crystal St. John of the Elmhurst Historical Museum staff. The children were enthusiastic as they stepped into the circa 1846 National Register property and participated in a spelling bee, worked on penmanship, used their slate chalk boards, and read from McGuffy Readers. School is back in session!
The 2011 Churchville Schoolhouse Fall Open House was a huge success
Sunday, September 25, 2011 was a great afternoon at the Churchville Schoolhouse, afternoon filled with music and song to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The Conrad Fischer Elementary School Singers, and folk singer Dean Milano, readings of Civil War letters by the GreenMan Theatre Troupe all added to the day. The Churchville Cemetery Association was on hand with information about early settlers who are buried nearby.Many thanks to the more than 450 participants in the day, and especially to the students and staff at Conrad Fischer Elementary School for their impressive performances.
Click here to see more photos from from this event.
Photos of the Churchville Schoolhouse Construction Project 2005-2010