Friends of the Old Courthouse

Book and Calendar Available at Farmer’s Market

Join us at the Indoor Farmer’s Market on Saturday, December 15 from 9:00am – 1:00pm to get your very own “Life Imitates Art” 2019 calendar containing twelve recreations of famous artworks featuring “Woodstock celebrities.” While your there, grab a “Week in the Life of McHenry County” photo book while supplies last. They make great holiday gifts!

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Friends of the Old Courthouse presents a 2019 Calendar Fundraiser

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“LIFE IMITATES ART: WOODSTOCK CELEBRITIES POSE AS FAMOUS WORKS OF ART”

STARRING:  BRIAN SAGER, BRIAN AND KATHRYN LOPRINO, JACKIE SPECIALE, JOE STARZYNSKI, WOODSTOCK POLICE DEPARTMENT, WOODSTOCK FIRE DISTRICT, TINA HILL, DAN HART, LAURA WITLOX, STEVE GAVERS, DENISE GRAFF PONSTEIN, DARRIN FLYNN, JACK FRANKS, PAM ALTHOFF, PETER AUSTIN, RALPH SARBAUGH, AND CHERYL WORMLEY.

Only $15.00 plus $2.50 shipping and handling online or $15.00 at the Old Courthouse Arts Center, Woodstock Opera House, Read Between the Lynes, D&A Salon, and Woodstock Chamber Office.  Click here to buy online.

 

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FRIENDS OF THE OLD COURTHOUSE OFFER FIRST SATURDAY FREE PUBLIC TOURS

Friends love to share their favorite things with others and Friends of the Old Courthouse is now offering to share their favorite building with all interested parties. Beginning Saturday, October 6, 2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm, free public tours will be offered at the Old McHenry County Courthouse, 101 N. Johnson Street, on the Woodstock Square. The history and usage of the 1857 landmark building, and the adjacent 1887 Sheriff’s House, as well as the many architectural and design features not typically available for viewing, will be explained in detail by trained docents. Tours, which take approximately one hour, will be offered on the first Saturday of each month going forward.

Tours will also be made available at the nearby 1889 landmark Woodstock Opera House, again at no charge, in a similar timeframe. The offerings are the result of the combined efforts of City of Woodstock staff and volunteers who hosted several hundred visitors during the Doors Open weekend when the buildings were featured during the Illinois Bicentennial celebration coordinated by the Illinois Office of Tourism.

Friends of the Old Courthouse is dedicated to creating awareness and appreciation for the historic importance and aesthetic beauty of the Old McHenry County Courthouse and Sheriff’s House, and assisting the City of Woodstock in raising funds for the buildings’ restoration and repurposing. Donations to the buildings’ restoration, memberships to Friends of the Old Courthouse, or purchase of a variety of related creative merchandise, are welcomed, on site at the building, or through website or Facebook listings: www.friendsoftheoldcourthouse.org.

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The Old McHenry County Courthouse, built in 1857, is one of the oldest buildings on the historic Woodstock Square and together with the Sheriff’s House are among the Square’s most prominent features. Our mission is to preserve these historically significant buildings so they can become cultural and economic drivers for the City of Woodstock and McHenry County for generations to come.


Buy our local photography book!

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Nearly 70 photographers throughout McHenry County participated in our special fundraising project, capturing the warm and exciting moments that make up a typical week in McHenry County. This high quality timeless book is hard-cover, 14” x 11”, and features 100 pages of images that reflect the people, animals, landscapes and businesses across our beautiful county—a treasured keepsake, a thoughtful gift, a great incentive or reward, and an attractive and welcoming addition to reception areas, libraries and educational facilities.

Click here to purchase a book.