Hamilton Primary School



The roof of the Hamilton Primary School is in need of repainting. The roof was replaced in 2001 and must be repainted every 10 years in order to maintain it. Due to lack of funding, we are three years past due with this task. Please help save this historic building by donating to this cause. 

If you would like to donate, please make your check payable to Otter Creek Historical Society, Inc. and mail to 107 E. Main, Otterville, IL 62052. Please write roof in the memo of your check.

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Hamilton Primary School
107 E. Main
Otterville, IL  62052

Hamilton Primary School was the first free school in the
State of Illinois and the first integrated school in the nation.

The Hamilton Primary School has been named to Landmarks Illinois' annual Ten Most Endangered Historic Places list, which was announced at a press conference in Springfield, Illinois on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.


The original bell from the school is on display on the front lawn of the school for all to see. 


If you attended the Hamilton Primary School and have not received a letter from the Society, please download the form, complete and mail to Gayle Rothe as indicated on the form. If you would like to become a lifetime member of the Society, please download the membership form. You can become an annual member or a lifetime member. Download and complete the appropriate form along with your check.