2013 CSAA Conference at Berry College in Georgia
The 2013 Annual Conference of the Country School Association of America was held at Berry College in Mount Berry, GA, June 17th-19th. Attendees were treated to a beautiful environment for learning on Berry's 27,000-acre campus, one of the world's largest in area. In addition to two days of presentations on all aspects of country school preservation, participants enjoyed every minute of Berry's fields, forests, lakes and mountains that provided scenic beauty in a protected natural setting.
Berry was founded in 1902 by Martha Berry (1865-1942) as a school for enterprising rural boys when few public schools existed in Georgia. A girls' school was added in 1909. Berry became one of the nation's most successful educational experiments, combining academic study, student work and interdenominational Christian religious emphasis. Berry has an excellent record of sound growth. A junior college was established in 1926 and a four-year college in 1930; graduate programs were added in 1972.
CSAA Conference sessions included re-enactments, daily life in country schools, preservation, author narratives, restoration, archives, and documentaries. Participants visited the Oak Hill and the Martha Berry Museum and toured Possum Trot Church, often called the “Cradle of Berry College." It served as a school from 1900 to 1954. Additional schools visited included two Rosenwald schools, a former academy, and the Everett Springs Seminary that is currently a private home.
Forty-five participants from 15 states attended the conference, representing colleges/universities, historical societies, museum schools, and re-enactors.
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