SHSI announces Country School grant awards

For immediate release August 8, 2006



Contact: Jeff Morgan,, (515) 281-3858

(DES 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 recipients:

(Amount Funded)
(Project Description)

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 or call 515-281-5111 for more information.


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