JJC's Oldest Alumna Visits Campus - Photo Gallery 

Joliet Junior College’s oldest living alumna, 101-year-old Marie Ghilain, made a special visit to the college’s Main Campus on June 23. While on campus, Ghilain also visited the Cronin School—a one-room schoolhouse preserved on campus—where she started her teaching career in 1928.

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Marie Ghilain Visits Campus
Marie Ghilain, JJC’s oldest living alumna at 101 years old, arrives outside the Cronin School with her son, Russ, on June 23. The Cronin School is a nearly 150-year-old one-room schoolhouse preserved on Main Campus where Ghilain started her teaching career in 1928.
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Marie Ghilain Visits Campus
Marie Ghilain, JJC’s oldest living alumna at 101 years old, arrives outside the Cronin School with her son, Russ, on June 23. The Cronin School is a nearly 150-year-old one-room schoolhouse preserved on Main Campus where Ghilain started her teaching career in 1928.
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Marie Ghilain Visits Campus
Marie Ghilain, JJC’s oldest living alumna at 101 years old, arrives outside the Cronin School with her son, Russ, on June 23. The Cronin School is a nearly 150-year-old one-room schoolhouse preserved on Main Campus where Ghilain started her teaching career in 1928.
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Marie Ghilain Visits Campus
The nearly 145-year-old school house was moved to the Main Campus in September 1987, where it has served as a living history museum. Originally located on Black Road, the Cronin School served Troy Township until January 1950. The effort to restore it was spearheaded by two former JJC agriculture professors.
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Marie Ghilain Visits Campus
A view from the front door of the Cronin School.
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Marie Ghilain Visits Campus
A view from the teacher’s desk at the head of the classroom. JJC’s oldest living alumna, Marie Ghilain, taught 27 children here during the 1928-29 school year, one year after graduating from JJC.

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