"Preserving an American Icon" Conference One More Success for CSAA
Bill Sherman of Des Moines, Iowa has done it again! He gathered colleagues and schoolhouse enthusiasts from across the United States, Canada, and Norway to meet in America's heartland on behalf of country school preservation. Participants celebrated their schoolhouses and left Ankeny with new friends, new ideas, and photographic memories to mark the 12th Annual CSAA Country School Conference, held this year at Faith Baptist College.
Some 91 participants enjoyed a diverse program of presentations that covered preservation efforts, aspects of schoolhouse life, re-enactment ideas, grant and historical registry resources, renovation and restoration projects, schoolhouse history, and marketing.
The two day program was set against the backdrop of a traveling schoolhouse museum display collected over the past few years by Jane and Paul Moody of Quincy, IL, which has been offered eight times already this season. Artifacts from all phases of instruction and daily life in a one- room school have been carefully collected and preserved by the Moodys, authenticated for dates and uses, and accompanied by detailed descriptions, photos, and documents.
In addition to two full days of presentations, attendees were treated to fine dining and friendship across the greater DesMoines Area. A trip to the Iowa Hall of Pride was included in the third day bus trip to visit Iowa country schools and three living history villages: Nevada Historical Complex, Living History Farm, and Guthrie County Historical Village.
Thanks go out to the Iowans who welcomed us to their schoolhouses, historical sites and restaurants and made us feel so welcome. The 2013 CSAA Conference will be held at Berry College in Rome, GA. Watch for periodic updates on our website at www.countryschool association.org.
Photos: (Top) Bus tour to the Bennett School , West DesMoines; (Bottom) Artifacts from the Moody's Traveling Schoolhouse Museum.