The Country School Association of America is the national association for one-room schools. It’s an interesting organization because it started having almost spontaneous conferences around the country until they formalized it with an organization. The CSAA brings together Museum volunteers, teachers, staff, faculty and students, preservationists, historians, re-enactors and interested citizen, to exchange ideas and resources. The organization holds an annual conference, provides a grant program, awards publication and video prizes, conducts surveys and publishes an electronic newsletter, all in support of the country schooling experience.
The CSAA is look for people who wish to preserve schools, create or maintain museums, promote living history programs, and allow children of all ages to experience schooling as it was many years ago. It allows seniors a chance to relive their fondest schoolhouse memories, while offering educators and writers a forum to share research. Additionally, this organization encourages research on country schooling and provides a forum for those who wish to publish their articles. The annual CSAA conference grows larger as a forum for exchanging ideas among academics, preservationists, re-enactors, and just plain history buffs. The conference site moves around every year. They try to do a Midwest location one-year (where the majority of members live) and a different part of the country the next. This year they will be in New York about an hour and a half from Malone (see below).
Currently I serve on the board. It’s a quality organization and I think the conference this year was one of the best ones ever. If you want to learn more about it, check out the information below. (Note: Some of the above text was borrowed from the CSAA homepage.)
Around the web:
- Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed Online Journal (Now seeking submissions)
- LinkedIn Group
Awards & Grants
Please be advised that all award submission material becomes the property of the Country School Association of America (CSAA) and will be retained in the CSAA archives.
15th Annual CSAA Conference:
June 14-17, 2015
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York
The CSAA Annual Conference draws a diverse group of participants from many different organizations, museums, academic institutions as well as cultural and heritage centers. Each year, the CSAA Annual Conference provide museum personnel, teachers, staff, faculty and students, preservationists, historians and re-enactors from across the country, with an intimate forum to exchange ideas, discuss their current activities, programs and issues with colleagues in the field. With such an energetic atmosphere, wide choice of activities, dynamic events, educational sessions and networking opportunities, you do not want to miss this.
Sarah S. Uthoff 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.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.