Skyline Council Long-term Service Project
Utilizing members’ wide range of expertise in several career disciplines, the Skyline Council began working with the Village of Campton Hills in 2015 to restore the Whitney Schoolhouse, a one-room schoolhouse constructed in 1852 by John Whitney. The Skyline Council’s long-term efforts have included raising more than $130,000 in pro-bono services, donated supplies and grants to complete investigative work, clean-up, structural repairs, a new foundation and relocation.
In the summer of 2019, Campton Hills announced it would acquire the privately owned property where the schoolhouse is located – a decision that would allow the historic structure to remain in its original location on site. Skyline Council helped celebrate this announcement at a community fest July 20, 2019. Previously, the Skyline Council had been working to relocate the Whitney Schoolhouse to preserve it. (In 2016, the Skyline Council prepared a relocation study for the Campton Township Board of Trustees to identify a suitable new location for the schoolhouse. You can read the full study below).
Currently, the Skyline Council is raising funds to help with ongoing exterior restoration work at the schoolhouse, which will remain at the Daniel Whitney Residence and Farmstead, located at 40W011 Burlington Road. You can support this project by visiting the Skyline Council’s GoFundMe page.
The Whitney Schoolhouse tells a unique part of Kane County’s local history. Thanks to the ongoing efforts of the Skyline Council, this piece of history will be restored. It is the Skyline Council’s goal the schoolhouse will be restored and reused as a public history and education center
Benefits of Skyline Council Membership
Members of Skyline Council are also members of Landmarks Illinois. Benefits of joining Skyline Council include:
- Invitation to become a member of the Skyline Council Committee and serve in a leadership role
- Invitation to attend monthly Skyline Council Committee meetings
- Subscription to quarterly “The Arch” newsletter
- 50% discount on admission to the world-renowned Farnsworth House designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe
- Discounts on educational or networking opportunities
- Invitation to all Landmarks Illinois and Skyline Council events
- Advance notice of Preservation Snapshots lectures
- Subscription to three Landmarks Illinois e-newsletters: Preservation in the News; Preservation Events; and Action Alerts
- Knowledge that you are doing your part to preserve Illinois’ invaluable heritage
Join or Support the Skyline Council
Curious about becoming a Skyline Council member or learning more about its events? Interested in sponsoring Skyline Council events and programming? Email Tiffanie Williams or call (312) 922-1742.