Sheldon, Iowa Site of Schoolhouse Preservation Conference!
Submitted by Stan & Colleen Lemkuil
The 18th Annual Country School Preservation Conference will be held October 6-7, 2017 at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, IA.
Sponsored by the Prairie Arts Historical Park and a host of support groups, the two-day conference offers an array of country school topics.
Friday, October 6th offers a full day program including 10 presenters, a panel of authors and researchers on country schooling, and tours of the Prairie Arts Historical Park and Sheldon Prairie Museum.
Saturday, October 7th includes the bus tour of Marcus town museum, Lily of the Valley School Museum in Cherokee, Sanford Museum in Cherokee, and the Grand View Heritage Complex near Washta.
Early registration is appreciated. The deadline is October 1, 2017.
For a full conference brochure access this link:
Prairie Arts Historical Park is proud to welcome conference participants to their restored country schools including:
The Baker School, moved to Sheldon, Iowa in 2015. The Baker Township School also called the Center School was built in 1936 at a cost of $750.00 as noted in the Trustees' Minutes book. The minutes state that is was closed in 1951 but the last date school classes were held there was 1947. The building was then used as a voting precinct for the township, 4-H meetings, and events, a community activity center and the board of trustees meetings. Eventually, the building was donated by the Board of Trustees to the Prairie Arts Council to be placed in the Prairie Arts Historical Park in Sheldon at 1423 Park Street. In November 2014 a fundraising project was established to provide the estimated $65,000 needed to move and refurbish the school to be an activity center in Sheldon. The building was moved on June 15, 2015. It was painted on the outside and renovations inside and outside are outgoing. Contributions are still needed at Praire Arts Council, Box 61, Sheldon, IA 51201 and designated for Baker renovation.