$40,000 needed to restore historic Freeport school

FREEPORT, Ill. (AP) - Efforts to renovate a Freeport schoolhouse that dates to the 1800s need more funding.

The Journal-Standard reports that while the Stephenson County Historical Society has a $70,000 state grant for the project it needs another $41,000 to help pay for structural changes, a new roof and a heating system. The schoolhouse is part of the society's museum in Freeport in northwestern Illinois.

Hundreds of children went to elementary school in the building, which has a classroom typical of the 1920s. Many schools have students visit the schoolhouse on field trips.

Historical society director Ed Finch says the wood frame building has needed major repairs for many years. He said the roof sags, the windows are falling out and it has lead paint.

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