MOINES) – The State Historical Society
of Iowa today announced it has awarded $24,144 in
Historical Resource Development Program Country School
grants to six organizations for preservation, maintenance,
educational and interpretation projects at buildings
that were used as country schools in Iowa.
During the 77th General Assembly, a bill passed which
directed the State Historical Society of Iowa to implement
a new component of the HRDP grant program. The component
provides up to $25,000 per year for the preservation
of one-room or two-room buildings once used as country
schools in Iowa.
Following are this year’s Country School grant
French Icarian Colony Foundation
Icaria Colony Schoolhouse Interior
A unique, rich chapter of Iowa’s history will
come alive with the interior rehabilitation of the
Icaria Colony Schoolhouse at the French Icaria Colony
Village, a living history center being developed on
original Icaria land northeast of Corning. The rehabilitated
schoolhouse will play a key role in the interpretation
of the Icarians’ quest for Utopia from 1852
to 1898 in Adams County, Iowa.
Friends of Washington Township
Washington Township #7 Phase I
This project will replace all the wiring in the schoolhouse,
bringing it up to modern codes. Falling ceiling plaster
will be replaced and a vapor barrier will be installed.
University of Northern Iowa
Marshall Center School Window
This project will aid long-term preservation of the
Marshall Center School, one of Iowa’s most accurately
restored and interpreted school museums. The installation
of specially designed storm windows and blinds will
greatly reduce the damaging effects of weather and
light while retaining the historic character and visitor
appeal of the building.
Allamakee County Historical Society
Red School Roofing Project
The Allamakee County Historical Society will repair
and replace the roof of the Red Country Schoolhouse,
Franklin #7, in order to maintain the building’s
integrity. The school was the last operating country
school in Allamakee County and is an intact example
of a rural school.
Nevada Community Historical Society
Halley School, Symbol of Learning
The Nevada Community Historical Society plans to rehabilitate
the Halley School with minimal change to the defining
characteristics of the building. The one-room school
will once again be used as an educational facility
and community center. As in the 1800s, it will once
more be a symbol of learning and community pride.
Historical Society of Marshall County
Interior Restoration Taylor #4
The Historical Society of Marshall County will stabilize
Taylor #4 Country Schoolhouse as a first step in developing
educational programs at this historic structure.
The State Historical Society of Iowa is a trustee
of Iowa’s historical legacy and an advocate
for understanding Iowa’s past. It identifies,
records, collects, preserves, manages and provides
access to Iowa’s historical resources. Its dual
mission of preservation and education serves Iowans
of all ages, conducts and stimulates research, disseminates
information, and encourages and supports historical
preservation and education efforts of others throughout
the state. Please visit www.iowahistory.org
or call 515-281-5111 for more information.
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