Registration is Open for CSAA 2017

Reblogging from CSAA Blog:

Registration is Now Open for CSAA Schoolhouse Conference!

Colby Sawyer College, New London, NH, June 11-14, 2017

The response to our 2017 annual conference has been phenomenal, and sooner than anticipated, we already have a complete schedule of presenters! Registration is now open for those planning to attend and we certainly promise a well-rounded program. Below we have posted the titles of our presentations and will be adding full descriptions in the coming weeks.

Be prepared to meet schoolhouse enthusiasts from all over the country, writers, teachers and professors, re-enactors, historians, artists, preservationists, former students, museum curators, historical society members, and friends of country schools.

We all recognize the importance of these tiny little schools to the history of American education and wish to preserve those remaining for as long as possible. Please consider attending the CSAA in New London, NH, our second and possibly last in New Hampshire. Popularity of this annual conference has found us alternating between east and west. In 2018 we will be heading to the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska!

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Coach to Mt. Washington summit, New London Historical Society Museum

We now have a full complement of presentations for our two-day program! See the list of topics to date.

General Conference Information:
Download 2017RegistrationInformationCSAA

For On-Line Registration:
 ON-LINE REGISTRATION – EVENTBRITE

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Choose your category.
  • Click REGISTER.
  • Scroll down the page to complete information on payment by credit card or check.
  • Scroll down and choose your options for ALL-DAY BUS TOUR and/or DORMS.
  • Click PAY NOW

For Registration via US Mail –    Download REGISTRATION 2017CSAA

Website: CSAA WEBSITE

Presentations for 2017 include:

(detailed descriptions and presenter bios will follow when the program is complete)

“19th Century Tablets: Slates”

“Finger Lakes Preservation”

“Bitter Fight Over Consolidation”

“One, Two, Buckle Your Shoe, Three, Four: Now How to Open the Door?”

“What the Hectograph? A School System’s Copy Machine”

WORKSHOP: “Nooning in the 1800’s: Hands-on Experience with Period Toys”

“New England Teachers, Western Schools: Catharine Beecher’s Moral Crusade”

“School of the Very High Mountains”

“De-Lighted!”- An Encounter with Theodore Roosevelt

“Yesterday’s Schools: Capturing Their Stories Through Photography”

“Launching a 50-Year Teaching Career: Burnt Bay School and Beyond”

“Learning the Recitation Way: 19th and 20th Century Classroom Recitation Lessons”

“Invisible Assets: Rise of Delaware African-American Schools”

“Location, Location, Location: The Placement of Restored Country Schools”

“Oxen Power: Moving the Orleans County Grammar School!”

“Country School Innovations”

“The Praxis of Disability and One-Room Schools in Ohio”

“Back to School: Lessons from Norwich’s One-Room Schoolhouses”

“Horance Mann: Father of Country Schools?”

And More!

Our keynote speakers include historian, former Commissioner of Agriculture, farmer, and founding Executive Director of the NH Humanities Council, Steve Taylor, “NH’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality,” and local artist and author Sue Anne Bottomley, who has visited and painted scenes from EVERY town in New Hampshire for her book “Colorful Journeys” and “Pep Talks for the Would-Be, Should Be Artist.”

We will be making a special visit to the New London Historical Society on Monday afternoon to visit their 18 restored historical buildings and their museum housing antique carriages and sleighs.

We will be treated to the New England premiere of the award winning film by Kelly and Tammy Rundle, “Country School: One Room * One Nation.”

We will hear from the spirits of some prominent citizens of Hooksett, NH, buried next door to the Head Schoolhouse. (an autumn schoolhouse fundraiser)

November 2016 Presentations

November is an unusually busy month for presentations this year. I’m going to throw the one December program on to. Go to the Program Schedule page for a current full list of programs.

Sarah by Homestead Shack
Sarah by Homestead Shack
  • One-Room School Program for classes Monday, November 7, and Wednesday, November 9, 2016. (Not open to the public)
  • Windmill Area – Fulton, Illinois – Thanksgiving: From Pilgrim to Pioneer –  Sunday, November 6, 2016 – 2:00 pm
  • Warren County Conservation – Indianola, Iowa – General Laura Program – Saturday, November 19, 2016 – 10:30am
  • Burlington Public Library – Burlington, Iowa – In the Kitchen With Laura – Friday, December 2, 2016 – 10:00 am

Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving 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. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her onFacebookTwitterGoogle+ LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Country School Conference 2015 Registration Open

26872059Republished from a message from the keyboard of Richard Lewis:

Hello Country School Enthusiasts!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Country School Association of America Conference at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The Washington County Fair Farm Museum with its Perkins Hollow one room schoolhouse is hosting the Annual Conference of the Country School Association of America June 14-17, 2015.  We are pleased to bring this national event to the Washington and Saratoga County region of New York State.

The Skidmore College campus and the Washington County Fair Farm Museum will be the locations for two days of presentations and workshops on early schooling, curriculum and preservation of historic country schools.  There will also be local displays and presentations featuring area schoolhouses, the slate industry, the Ticonderoga pencil, and other related topics.  The third day bus tour will take you through the slate region of New York and Vermont while you visit seven restored/preserved country schools.

The conference is only 3 months away…. 

Make your reservations soon as Saratoga is the summer place to be! 

You have a choice of online registration or a paper registration with 2 payment options:

1)  Online registration with payment by credit card or check

2)  Paper form with payment by check

Please see the attached paper registration form for more details and register online or by mail.

Please note that when you use online registration at www.CountrySchoolAssociation.org you will have to make your selection for payment by check or credit card as indicated below.  If paying by check, you will mail it to the address provided online.

Pay by Check

We look forward to welcoming you to Skidmore College, in upstate New York in June.

Should further information be required, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Joan & Dale Prouty

CSAA 2015 Conference Co-chairs

dprouty@captal.net

(518) 747-3635

Iowa One-Room School Workshop 2014

Exterior
Exterior

Once again it’s time for the annual one-room school workshop in Iowa. Every Fall a different location in Iowa is chosen and people from all over interested in one-room schools gather to learn more about one-room schools and tour area schools. While it’s in Iowa and hosted by Preservation Iowa, interested people from anywhere are welcome to register. The first day is presentation sessions (mostly brief highlights so there is always something different right around the corner). The second day is a tour of area one-room schools.

This year the workshop will be held in Kalona, Iowa at the Kalona Historical Village on Friday, October 10 and Saturday, October 11, 2014. The Kalona Historical Village is a multi-venue museum. They have a restored historic village, a building dedicated to local (especially Amish) history, a building of tractors and cars, and a quilt museum with a national reputation. Topics covered include: Amish one-room schools, Preserving schools through print and visual media, dealing with floods, finding country school antiques, among others.

Read the brochure and find registration information here:
Iowa Conf Brochure I-1 (Page 1)

Iowa Conf Brochure II-1

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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+, 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.

Schoolhouse Replica in Malone NY

Recreated Wilder Barns
Recreated Wilder Barns

Check out this radio news story from NPR. One of the improvements on the Almanzo Wilder Farm grounds has been the building of the one-room school replica. They just finished a successful fundraising campaign of $950 to add a belfry to the school and I realized I still hadn’t shared this news story so it seems like the perfect time.

http://www.northcountrypublicradio.org/news/story/22602/20130826/a-little-schoolhouse-in-the-woods

Sadly they don’t give time codes, but this is interesting for this. The news story is from August 2013 and covers the event. Although it mentions celebrities Dean Butler (Almanzo Wilder) and Lucy Lee Flippin (Eliza Jane Wilder) who dedicated and appeared, the interview is with vice-president of the Wilder Association Ken Carre who was actually involved in the building. It’s a good and interesting interview. They are wanting to represent rural life in the “North Country” in the 1860s. Hops was the big cash crop, but there isn’t any evidence that James Wilder grew it. They address the fact that there are three possible schools as candidates for the one Almanzo attended and the downside to moving them that lead them to go the replica route. They based a lot of the school, especially on the interior, on a contract that they found for a nearby school that was built at the same town. They acknowledge schools were different in different areas. He talks about the 1920s is all of history because it’s what we remember and have photographs of bias. Carre also talks about the international appeal of the Little House series.

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  FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  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.

June 2014 Presentations

June is going to be a busy month this year. Lots of stuff is going on, including another chance to see In the Kitchen With Laura and I hope that I’ll see you at at least one event.

Ushers Ferry One-Room School Pre-Flood
Ushers Ferry One-Room School Pre-Flood
  • One-Room School Program for classes June 2-3, 2014 (Not open to the public)
  • Lone Tree Community Library – Lone Tree, Iowa – Storytelling – Tues., June 10, 2014 10:00 am
  • Country School Association of America – St. Joseph, Missouri – June 15-18, 2014
    http://www.countryschoolassociation.org/CSAA%202014%20Conf%20Flyer.pdf
  • Newton Public Library – Newton, Iowa – In the Kitchen With Laura – Tues., June 24, 2014 6:30 pm – CHANGED DATE

But even if there isn’t a program scheduled near you, it’s not too late. If you’d like me to come present near you make sure to tell your local library, museum or civic group. I’m really excited about my “In the Kitchen With Laura” program for this summer. If you are looking for a program, check them out.  Learn more here:
http://www.trundlebedtales.com/programs.html

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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+, 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.

Lunch Survey Update May 2014

Paper Cup
Paper Cup

The image is a common one, students trudging along a road to a distant one-room school house, clutching their school books and lunchboxes. What do you think is hidden in those lunchboxes? My mission is to find out. My research has covered reports in both teacher magazines and in parent/women’s magazines, teacher instruction manuals, and extension leaflets. In addition, I’ve been distributing a survey. The difference between what was called for in magazines and what people actually took was interesting.

It’s time again to remind you that my one-room school lunch survey is still on-going. Now rapidly approaching 400 responses, the schools described range from Canada to Louisiana. It’s a one-page survey and also makes an excellent story jogger if you fill it out with an older relative or ask them to fill it out. Anyone who attended or taught at a one or two room school is welcome to participate no matter when or where that school was located. Please help us get enough surveys so we can see more trends. Anyone has complete copyright permission to run off and distribute as many as possible for any location. Find the survey here:

Lunch Survey2014

I update the handout with current numbers at each presentation. The most recent one was from the Association of Living History Farms and Museums last June. Find the latest circulated results here:
https://trundlebedtales.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/school-lunch-handout.pdf

The image above is from a 1930s How To book for one-room school teaching which recommended getting students to not drink from a common cup even if people couldn’t afford to bring their own.

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 FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  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.