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Chillicothe Times-Bulletin - Chillicothe, IL
  • Three Sisters Park open to residents

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  • Three Sisters Park is moving forward with plans for a new building and sprucing up its existing buildings, and park officials want the public to be involved.
    Things are moving along around the 1900-era farm.
    The 1918 farmhouse had a pipe break in the upstairs about two years ago, creating havoc in the downstairs.
    “Everything’s been completely remodeled,” said Jack Morgenstern, events and grounds supervisor for Three Sisters Park. Floors and ceilings were replaced after being flooded by water.
    Luckily, none of the antiques were damaged and a couple water spots were fixed on a table.
    Because of the astronomical cost to paint the farmhouse and the barn, they now feature siding and new windows to avoid continual maintenance, Morgenstern said.
    Volunteers always are welcome around the farmstead, including those with skills such as gardeners, painters, carpenters and more.
    Chickens will return in the spring and landscaping needs to be reworked at the house.
    This spring, employees plan for tours and field trips. Residents should call the park at 274-8837 to make an appointment Monday through Friday or for more information.
    More than 700 schoolchildren will see how farmers worked the land years ago at Spring Planting.
    Adult residents also should feel free to stop by and enjoy the 400 acres.
    “It’s a private park — a foundation — but we’d love to have people out here,” said Morgenstern.
    Residents should feel welcome to run, walk, picnic, etc., on the park grounds, as long as they follow the posted rules.
    No outside alcohol is allowed on the grounds and no four-wheelers, but people may drive golf carts around the property as long as they stay on the roads.
    The park is a great spot for kite flying, added Morgenstern.
    The park’s newest endeavor is the Hasselberg Museum, named for Bert Hasselberg, one of the original board members.
    The museum will be 152 feet long, 60 feet wide and 16 feet high.
    Twenty-five or more antique implements will be seen on either side of the building with display cases in the middle displaying smaller memorabilia.
    The bidding process for the building is occurring right now.
    The museum will be located between the chapel, which is serving as headquarters for the folk art school, and the sawmill.
    Stakes currently mark where the building will be.
    At some point in the future, the folk art school is planned to have its own building as well.
    Due to the demand for classes, the chapel serves as a place for the weaving and woodworking classes. The pews of the church are in storage as the looms and wood working equipment are displayed.
    Page 2 of 2 - Whether residents are learning a folk art or merely need some leisure time, Morgenstern said the park is available to them.
    “We want to open (Three Sisters Park) up — come on out and see us,” said Morgenstern.
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