A Brief Overview:
The Antelope Community Center — this is an historic building, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1924-1925 as the third schoolhouse building in the town. Each of the previous ones having burned down in turn.
During the time prior to the invasion of the Rajneesh (1981-1985) it had been used continuously as a school. It has two classrooms upstairs along with a nice sized gymnasium and a full sized basement used for a variety of activities.
The Rajneesh took over the town (see the history page on this website) and took over the school too, installing not just their children but their teachers and their “unique” curriculum. The locals, including the outlying ranchers whose children attended the Antelope School, were appalled at the curriculum, the teachers, and their methodology. They pulled their children out of the school and sent them elsewhere; leaving just the children of the Rajneesh commune in the school.
When the commune collapsed in 1985, naturally the children left with the parents, leaving no one to attend the school. It was subsequently decertified by the Jefferson County School district and was subsequently sold to the town, and has been being used as our community center ever since.
In the winter of 2009-2010, a water pipe froze and broke inside the building. Without anyone knowing, tens of thousands of gallons of water (estimated at 100,000 +) flooded the interior causing well over $100,000 in damage. The damage has been repaired, and in 2013 the Community Center resumed one of its traditional roles as the place where hundreds of people from all around the area gather for a traditional Thanksgiving feast we call THE HARVEST DINNER. We typically have guests from Bend, Condon, Fossil, Grass Valley, The Dalles and lots of places in between.
The building is handicapped access approved, with a wheelchair ramp, approved lift-chair for the stairs, and, of course, a handicapped accessible bathroom.
The Building is now listed on the Register of National Historic Places and there is a lot more information here: Antelope School – Community Center
COMMUNITY CENTER USAGE
We rent out the Community Center for a wide variety of activities: Family reunions, weddings, the Ladies Home Extension, Clogging Dance Classes, Arts and Crafts work and classes, public and private meetings, seminars, etc.
To schedule the use of the facility, you will need to contact our scheduling coordinator:
(541) 410-6021 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Once you have scheduled the facility you will need to complete a use form which you can download HERE – this file also contains the costs for usage. When that is completed, mail it, with your check to:
City of Antelope
P.O. Box 105
Antelope, Oregon 97001
If you have any difficulties with any of this or need to speak to someone about the use of the facility, please email: