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Churchville Schoolhouse Open House puts Civil War in perspective

A crowd of more than 450 joined to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War on Sunday, September 25th at the historic Churchville Schoolhouse. The Conrad Fischer Elementary School Singers led the festivities with a rousing presentation of song and dance from the 1800s. The children were directed by Elmhurst School District 205 music teacher Louise Derning, and accompanied by student musicians and professional fiddlers. In addition, folk music by Dean Milano and dramatic readings of Civil War letters by GreenMan Theatre Troupe and Robert Fischer engaged the audience. The crowd heard remarks by Elmhurst Mayor Pete DiCianni and Bensenville Mayor Frank DeSoto, and the Churchville Cemetery Association provided historical information about the adjoining cemetery. Many visitors had the opportunity to explore the renovated Schoolhouse to see the facility which dates to the 1850s. The event served as the kick-off of the Elmhurst Historical Museum’s two Civil War exhibits, “Between the States” and “Letters from Home.” For more information on the historic Churchville Schoolhouse, go to

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