One-Room School on Iowa State Fair Grounds

Revisiting the one-room school at the Iowa State Fair.

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CaptureThis year Iowa Public Television did a wonderful job getting videos of their individual stories of their fair coverage up on their YouTube channel right away. One was on the one-room school on the Iowa State Fair grounds. The school was originally moved there back when the fair was invested in its themes. Other years it built a blockhouse stockade (only torn down in the last few years) and a whole street of main street stores.

The one-room school has long been there for decades. The school is normally hosted by a volunteer. I was told by an unconfirmed source that the school was replaced recently because of termite damage to original. The report below doesn’t deal with any of that, but it does give a nice kid’s perspective on what they could expect if they visited the school. Dan Wardell hosts Iowa Public Television’s current afternoon children’s block and makes…

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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 Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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