2020 Dinnerless Celebration for the Restoration of the First Log Schoolhouse

Bourbonnais, IL - (Shared From the Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society)

For Immediate Release

Dear Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society Members and Friends,

2020 Annual Fund Drive for Restoration of First Log Schoolhouse

Continues with Dinnerless Celebration!

Due to the pandemic and restaurant restrictions, the Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society (BGHS) decided July 2 to cancel the “dinner” part of the Fleur-de-Lis Celebration Dinner, Friday September 18 at the Kankakee Country Club.

Even though the dinner celebration has been canceled, the BGHS will proceed with a “dinnerless” Log Schoolhouse restoration fundraising campaign, with suggested “dinnerless” donation of $55/person (members) and $65/per person (non-members).

French-Canadian cuisine highlights the annual Celebration Dinner.  The BGHS invites the local community to try one of the French-Canadian recipes at ) and/or submit a personal favorite French-Canadian recipe for a future BGHS French-Canadian recipe book.

Over the past three years, $48,000 has been raised in donations and pledges toward the restoration.  The restoration fundraising goal is $120,000.  Our expanding list of donors is attached to this letter.  Your donation for 2020 will be greatly appreciated and is fully tax deductible.  Your gift will have community impact by restoring this historic structure—all gifts make a difference and are sincerely valued.

Your donation may be by check to “BGHS” with memo Log Schoolhouse, mailed to Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society, P.O. Box 311, Bourbonnais, IL 60914 or pay online at, scroll over to Log School Restoration Project, click Donate, and then follow the prompts.  Thank you so much for contributing to the preservation of our community’s historical heritage.

Save the date: the next Fleur-de-Lis Celebration Dinner is

Friday September 17, 2021!

Sincerely yours,
Dr. James Paul, President
Bourbonnais Grove Historical Society