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October 10, 2022

Fulton Historical Society's October Program Announcement


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The October program will be held on Sunday, the 16th at 2:00 p. m. in the Fulton (Martin House) Museum located at 707 10th Avenue.  The program is on rural schools in Whiteside County and features the book, THE HISTORY OF WHITESIDE COUNTY, ILLINOIS SCHOOLS.  The presenters are:  Carolyn Duncan and Sandra Miller who compiled the research completed in a 4-year project conducted by the Whiteside County Genealogical Society. 


                                                              EARLY TOWNSHIP SCHOOLS

Early settlers in Whiteside County realized a need for schools when they arrived here in 1830s.  In 1849, an election was held in the existing precincts for or against organizing schools, and while the vote was favorable, it was denied on a technicality.  In 1851, another election was successful and the county was divided into townships and the first town meetings were held in April, 1852.  

The school districts were numbered in each township and remain identified and located in the current township even though the district numbering is done on a county-wide basis.  In recent years, consolidation has disregarded township and county lines.  In the newly-published book, THE HISTORY OF WHITESIDE COUNTY, ILLINOIS RURAL SCHOOLS by Whiteside County Genealogical Society, the schools are cited by their township number.

                                                                            THE BOOK

The book is 730 pages of information, history, pictures and interviews from students and teachers on over 200 schools.  Copies will be available to purchase for $40.00.

Attendees to the program are encouraged to participate in the time-tested school activity, recalled as “Show & Tell.”  Please take photos, memories and any other rural school memorabilia to share during this segment of the program.

The Fulton Museum has a room dedicated to school artifacts, school building photos and other interesting items related to rural schools which will be available for touring following the program.

The north entrance is easily accessible.  Refreshments will be served.

For more information, please contact Barbara Mask at 563 321-0318

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