Last year I gave a brief report on the fact that the one-room school on the Iowa State Fair Grounds had been replaced. It included a video from Iowa Public Television featuring what it was like to visit the school as a kid. See it here:
This year I got to talk to Diana Darge who is person who acts as teacher in the school. Darge has taught one-room schools, grade schools, and even college classes. The original
building had major termite damage. The wall had separated from the floor and the floor had collapsed at least a foot. A finger would poke through in several places. They knocked the building down which was an original one-room school moved to the grounds in the 1960s. The old building was too far gone, but they still wanted to a school
on the grounds so they built a replica. They salvaged the windows and the interior furnishing. The new design was built larger and with a handicap accessible ramp. It’s still located just across from Heritage Village, just up the road from the Agriculture Building, home of the Butter Cow.