Friends of the Old Courthouse

 

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Friends of the Old Courthouse presents a 2019 Calendar Fundraiser

“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 Read Between the Lynes, D&A Salon, and Woodstock Chamber Office.  Click here to buy online.

Gingerbread House Walk

Our 3rd annual Gingerbread House Walk will take place from 11/23-12/25 in the lobby of the Old Courthouse on the Woodstock Square.  Voting for the People’s Choice Award will take place the night of the Lighting, 11/23/18 from 4-9pm!

It’s FREE and anyone can enter; we have four categories:  Kids Under 10, Families, Civic Groups, and Businesses.  Gingerbread Houses may be any kind of structure and yes, you may use kits!  Submissions should be dropped off in the lobby of the Old Courthouse on the Woodstock Square on Saturday, November 17th and Sunday, November 18th from noon – 3pm.  The display will begin with the Lighting of the Square on Friday, November 23rd at 4:00pm.

For Gingerbread House Rules, click here:  Gingerbread House Walk

To sponsor the Gingerbread House Walk, click here:  Gingerbread House Sponsor

Fall 2018

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.