Christmas celebration at restored school building has a German focus

Luminarias will light the way to the Old German school on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 6:30 p.m. for the sixth annual German Christmas candlelight program.

The Sharp Creek Singers will again present traditional Christmas music.

A sixth-generation descendant of the original Schenkel family will sing "Stille Nacht."

The Christmas story from the Gospel of St. Luke will be read in English and German.

A wild cedar tree with German decorations and candles will also be a feature and memories of the German settlement will be shared.

Hot cider and German cookies will be served at this event, which is free to the public.

The brick school was constructed in 1887 by members of the St. Paul's German Evangelical Church to provide the children with instruction in the German language.

After many years of disuse and deterioration the building has been restored and now contains many exhibits which interpret the history of the church and the large German settlement which once existed in the area.

The German School is located at 3995N-1000W, three miles north of U.S.-24 on the Huntington-Wabash County Line Road. For more information, call 356-4218.