Christmas on the Prairie

By on December 9, 2009

Durant House Museum offers 19th Century celebration, open house
St. Charles—19th century-style merriment will prevail at the 1843 Durant House Museum’s Candle-Light Open House on Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13, from 2 to 6 p.m. each afternoon. Visitors are invited to celebrate the season while discovering the many charms of local history.

Costumed docents will welcome visitors into the candle-lit prairie homestead adorned in authentic period decor, complete with hot cider and baked treats. Fragrant evergreens, a roaring fire on the hearth, and an old-fashioned Christmas tree will recreate the heartwarming spirit of holidays past, while the museum tours will present an opportunity to savor and explore Durant House’s winter wonderland. This annual celebration also features music and dramatic performances of holiday stories for persons of all ages.

Sholes School takes part in old-fashioned Christmas celebration
Start your holidays with a step back in time to the one-room school house in St. Charles. Pioneer Sholes School will host its annual Christmas Open House on Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Visitors will see the 1872 school house swathed in 19th Century holiday decor, many of which were made by local residents. Enjoy a skit, songs and poetry performed by junior docents at 3:30 p.m. each day. Materials will be on hand for children to make an old-fashioned Christmas craft of their own to take home. While having some refreshments, visit with some students who had attended the one-room school before it closed in 1947.

Both museums are located in the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve just off Dean Street north of Route 64 in St. Charles. Call (630) 377-6424 or visit for more information.