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Finding Beauty in Our Community

In the mid 1800’s, German Settlers came to the Schaumburg area. It is believed that the first settlement was founded in 1835 not far from what is now called Olde Schaumburg Centre, formerly known as Sarah’s Grove. Faithful farmers, worked the land, developed a close community, and some founded the St John Church in 1846, which was rebuilt at the corner of Algonquin and Roselle roads in 1885.

St John United Church of Christ

St John United Church of Christ

In celebration of their devotion and courage, St John United Church of Christ is hosting Pioneer Day on June 29th, 2014 from 9:30 to 4:00 for the surrounding community. All are welcome for this historical and fun event. This family festival has events to educate and entertain young and old alike.

Step back in time with a look at the history and events that transformed the church and surrounding communities. The day begins at 9:30 am with an authentic 1846 church service followed by a Church Tour & Pipe Organ Presentation. Come and walk the Labyrinth, take a guided cemetery walk presented by The Schaumburg Township Historical Society, and visit the many presentations by The Schaumburg Township Historical Society, Palatine Historical Society, Arlington Heights Beekeeping Society, Highland Grove History Project, Bread Making Demonstration, Kiddie Hay Rides, From Sheep to Shawl wool spinning, Meg’s Soap making, Cindy’s Ceramics, Artemas the Tinker Itinerant Repair & Diantha the Weaver, Jim Handzel Blacksmith, Pieceful Gathering Quilt Shop, Hendricks Rifle Battalion candle making, horseshoes and early farm history with 98 year old resident, Harold Bergman.

Before the settlers arrived, the first inhabitants were members of the Sauk, Fox, Pottawatomie, and Kickapoo Native American tribes. Sharing their culture will be the Trickster Gallery.

Music will be preformed in the gazebo by Roger G. Kotecki, and the duo, Second Wind. A German Heritage food tent will be serving up traditional German fare. The Women’s Guild bake sale will be satisfying your sweet tooth.

Join the Pioneer fun for all or part of the day. The event is Free, and they are asking for a $2 per car parking donation. It would have to be 1846 to beat that bargain! In addition to their raffle baskets, The Sanfilippo Foundation has donated four tickets as a raffle item to their July 19th summer concert, with Organist Walt Strong performing on the 8,000 pipe, Mighty Wurlitzer Theater Organ, the world’s largest pipe organ at the private Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington Hills.

Come rain or shine event, Sunday June 29th 2014 from 9:30 to 4:00, at St John UCC, on the corner of Algonquin and Roselle roads. See you there neighbor.

For more history about our area go to:

The Pioneer Day flyer:

Wishing you a beautiful life,


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