2017 CSAA Preservation Grant Awards
By Dale Prouty
On behalf of the Country School Association and its Preservation Grant Committee I am pleased to share with you the 2017 Preservation Grant recipients. These awards along with several other grant opportunities are funded thanks to our memberships. CSAA extends much appreciation to the committee members who review the applications. This provides a great opportunity to look at some of the wonderful restoration efforts and programming activities that are happening around the country. We have some very interesting reads. Congratulations to our preservationists!
For 2017, the Preservation Grant Recipients include:
The 1904 Spring Creek School at the Country School Museum in Caldwell, Kansas. The school and its outhouses and coal shed were all moved to the Country School Museum where they will show a different school period along with the programming already being done at the Belleview School which they previously moved and restored. This grant will be used to make the outhouses functional for field trips and groups and to restore the coal shed for use in their programming. The two room coal shed will have one side for wood to go with the Belleville School program and the other for coal to go with Spring Creek School program.
The 1884 Summit School is being preserved by the Marais des Cygnes Society at the Poplar Heights Farm in Butler, Missouri. This grant will be used to restore the second front door that was lost to vandalism, bringing the building back to its original look. The school has its blackboards, desks, cupboards and piano. They are anxious to put the school to use in their varied educational programs.
The 1857 Modern Times School of the Utopian Modern Times Settlement in Brentwood, New York is a unique frame Octagonal School moved to the Brentwood School grounds and in need of immediate stabilization. The Brentwood Historical Society will do programming with the school district when complete. They have accomplished an amazing amount of progress since the application was received.