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Re-dedication of the O’Hara School


Fri, Jul 13th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

A re-dedication of the O’Hara School will be held on Wednesday, July 25 at 2:00 p.m. in the schoolhouse located on the Fillmore County Fairgrounds. A short program will be held and refreshments served.

Or you can visit the restored schoolhouse anytime during the Fillmore County Fair. The school will be open starting at 5 p.m.–8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 24; Wednesday–Friday, July 25–27, from 12 noon–9:00 p.m.; and Saturday, July 28, from 1:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m.

The Preston Historical Society operates the schoolhouse on a lease from the Fillmore County Agricultural Society. The Preston Historical Society has been very active in working to restore the O’Hara School House. The restoration that has been completed includes the reroofing using cedar shakes. Also restored at the same time was the bell tower. This was financed by fundraising from the 2010 Historical Society raffle, O’Hara School alumni and other donations.

The interior has been repainted for an Eagle Scout project by a Ben Voigt, a member of the Preston Boy Scout Troop 67. Funding for this part of the restoration came as part of the scout’s fundraising effort for his Eagle project.

The exterior painting was accomplished with donated paint through efforts of the Preston Lumber Company. The painting work was done by the Sentence to Serve work crew.

The replacement and restoration of the windows was financed by a $200 grant from the Tri-County Electric Operation Roundup Program and an $800 grant from the Preston Area Community Foundation. The project included three windows being replaced and the other five being repaired. The repairs included eight new screens, new locks, and having the windows all re-strung with pulleys and rope by Crist Hershberger, of Hershberger Windows of Canton, MN.

The last restoration to be completed was the front entrance including the steps and new signage. This was again funded through the generous contributions of O’Hara School alumni. The remainder of the repairs, painting, and labor has been donated by members of the Preston Historical Society.

Also several artifacts from the O’Hara School and other period items have been donated for refurbishing the interior to show how a rural school building looked.

The Preston Historical Society looks forward to having you visit this piece of area history during the upcoming Fillmore County Fair.

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