The newly re-organized Mark Prairie Historical Society, tasked with preserving and maintaining one of the few one-room schoolhouses still standing in the state of Oregon, will hold its first fundraiser this weekend.
Built ca. 1900 to serve the small community of Mark Prairie, the schoolhouse is located at 7528 S. Mark Road in Canby. It was a part of the unified Canby School District until 1946, when it was closed and its students bused to Canby to complete their education.
Mark Prairie Schoolhouse is one of 26 historical schools in the state of Oregon that is still a functioning community building. Its grounds also feature a memorial that, well, marks the burial site of seven pioneers from the Mark family.
The Mark Prairie Historical Society, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is tasked with maintaining the schoolhouse and grounds, as well as collecting and preserving documents, photographs and other items pertaining to local history for education and research purposes.
The fundraiser will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17, at Equity Oregon real estate office in Canby (located in the corner suite, No. 100, of the Graham Building downtown). It will include a wine glass painting party with appetizers and beverages, hosted by Red Chair Farm.
Tickets are $30 each. All supplies will be provided, with no experience necessary.
To purchase a ticket online, visit redchairfarm.com. Space is limited.
To hear much more about the history of the Mark Prairie Schoolhouse, and the effort to maintain it and keep that history alive, check out Episode 111: On Your Mark…