North Grove School Funding

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Restoration Campaign

We are so thankful for the donations received for our restoration campaign over the last couple years! Thank you to our donors and our benefactor, Kenneth Marsh! Through great generosity, we reached our goal and have been able to complete the window restoration and to expertly paint the schoolhouse, along with restoring the cornices and trim! The windows not only look fantastic, but they are also fully functional and have authentic period glass! The peeling paint is now “absent” from school, and the beautiful white paint sets the school apart among the cornfields, as it did in 1879 when it was first painted! Look at the difference! (painting in progress)

We are so thrilled to be able to welcome visitors back to our school! This historic building has seen a pandemic before, but now it can fully welcome visitors for individual tours, field trips, and our annual events!

This gem stands mightily, though 145 years old! Like any building or home at that age, it will continue to need restoration. While not yet planned, NGSA will now focus on the interior of the school, taking care to keep it strong and stable for the future! Our donors make it possible to preserve this historic schoolhouse for the long-standing future! We are grateful for the support of our community and special donors!

Window Restoration Completed

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Funding to maintain North Grove School is provided solely by private donations, grants, and membership dues. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Donations can be sent to:
P.O. Box 244
Sycamore, IL 60178
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A generous donation from the family of a former North Grove School student, the late Kenneth W. Marsh, has fulfilled a dream of the NGSA. An endowment fund has been established through the DeKalb County Community Foundation for the perpetual care and preservation of this DeKalb County icon.

The North Grove School Preservation Fund in memory of Kenneth W. Marsh will provide annual interest payments to help fund operating expenses. The principal will remain intact. Additional donations and memorial contributions can be made at any time. Checks intended for this fund should be addressed to:

DeKalb County Community Foundation
North Grove School Preservation Fund
2600 DeKalb Avenue
Sycamore, IL 60178
"My sister and I are very impressed with the level of preservation that has been achieved at the school and we are thankful for the efforts of the people of the North Grove School Association to preserve, maintain, and show the school to the public. We were pleased to learn that this donation will enable you to establish a preservation fund for the school, and we hope that it might stimulate more donations to ensure that the school is maintained and open to the public for many years to come."
Roger W. Marsh