A Country School House Conference for people interested in the preservation of country schools and their memories will take place this fall.
Programming for country school museums and rural tourism will be the focus of a conference scheduled for October 3-4 at the Spencer School Administrative Offices. Representatives from the Sioux City school district and the Johnson County Historical Society will demonstrate newly developed curriculum programs for groups visiting country school museums. Iowa has more than 160 one and two-room schools that are maintained as museum facilities.
A panel chaired by Michelle Walker, Western Iowa Tourism Director, will discuss how historic preservation can be used as a tourism tool. Marilyn Meyer, author of "Remembering Clay County Rural Schools" and the coordinator of a project to mark locations of all Clay County rural schools with permanent signage will discuss those activities.
Other speakers include Iowa author and illustrator Bob Artley, Iowa Cultural Affairs staffer Cynthia Nieb, and Dr. Mark DeWalt, a Winthrop University education faculty member.
On Saturday conference participants will have the opportunity to visit country school museums in Buena Vista, Clay and Dickinson counties.
The conference registration fee is $25. For more information or to obtain a conference program flyer, contact Cindy McGranahan at the Parker Museum:firstname.lastname@example.org. phone 712-262-3304 or Bill Sherman: wlsherman @mchsi.com or phone 1-800-434-2039.