Christmas tree ornaments depicting Yorkville’s historic Kendall County Courthouse and engraved with the words “Yorkville My Home Town” are being sold for $15 each or two for $25 by the Yorkville Historic Preservation Society (YHPS).
The ornaments, which are being created by new Yorkville Chamber member Ed Arnold of Ed’s Laser Engraving of Oswego, are handcrafted 3¼ inch round disks of cherry wood etched with an image of the Courthouse and embellished with ribbon. They will be available at the YMCA craft fair on Dec. 8, and at local businesses around town, including at Old Second National Bank, Yorkville Ace Hardware & Radio Shack, Grace Coffee and Wine, First National Bank, American Tire and Automotive, or by calling 630-882-8884.
“We chose the courthouse because it is one of the most iconic features of the City of Yorkville,” said Johanna Byram, YHPS board member. “You can see the courthouse from all over Yorkville, especially when it’s lit up at night.”
The YHPS, organized in 2018 by residents interested in saving the Old Kendall County Jail, is a non-profit dedicated to the preservation, renovation and economic promotion of historic buildings and sites in the Yorkville area. Byram said the proceeds from the ornament sale will be used to help the group continue its preservation efforts.
“We were really excited by our success in saving the Old Jail, but now we are moving on and fundraising for several other projects,” Byram said. “We’ve identified one of the oldest light posts in the city and the YHPS wants to purchase and restore that. The post is original to when electricity first came to the town. We also are interested in building a fund to help people in renovating their historic properties, and perhaps digitizing the old copies of the Kendall County Record so people can more easily do historic research.”
The YHPS has affiliated with the Community Foundation of the Fox River Valley, a 501c3 non-profit. Donations to the Society can be made through the Community Foundation at www.communityfoundationfrv.org or by calling 630-896-7800 or through the Society’s Facebook page at Go Directly to Jail. Donations are tax deductible.