One-Room School Replica on Iowa State Fair Grounds


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

Modern Replacement Doors-designed to look old

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

One Room School Interior

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.

Handicap Accessible Ramp
Original Windows

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Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+, LinkedIn , SlideShare, and . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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