Country School Seminar - FREE

Apr. 5 (1:00 pm - 4:00 pm)

Iowa Lakes Community College

1900 North Grand Avenue

Spencer, IA


Spencer’s Historic Preservation Commission and the Parker Historical Society of Clay County have received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private, non-profit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation and training session called “Iowa Country School Milestones” by Bill Sherman on Tuesday, April 5, 2011, 1:00-4:00 p.m. at Iowa Lakes Community College, 1900 North Grand Avenue in Spencer.

A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities. This program is also funded, in part, by a grant from the Iowa Community Cultural Grant program administered by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

This program is free and open to the public, and will feature an overview of Iowa’s country schools from 1830 to 2011.

Bill Sherman is an internationally-known research specialist for country schools, and has presented numerous programs on topics related to early education in one-room school houses.

Marilyn Meyer, Clay County historian on country schools, will also provide information related to the preserved country schools in Clay County, and will talk about the country school located in Spencer’s River View Park area.

Another hi-light of this seminar will feature a showing of portions of the DVD “Country School: One Room-One Nation,” a new documentary exploring the myth and the legacy of Midwestern one-room schools.

This free program is open to the public and adheres to the Americans with Disabilities Act. If there are special arrangements needed to accommodate individuals with disabilities, please contact Iowa Lakes Community College staff at (712) 580-8620.

Sponsor: Spencer Historic Preservation Commission & Parker Historical Society of Clay County

Contact: Clark Marshall 712-362-0431

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