Celebrate Country Schools, Teachers, and Students this June with Homestead National Monument of America

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Date: March 22, 2018

National Park Service  
Homestead National Monument of America
8523 W. State Hwy 4
Beatrice, NE 68310
402-223-3514 phone
402-228-4231 fax
National Park Service News Release
Susan Cook 402-223-3514

Celebrate Country Schools, Teachers, and Students this June with 
 Homestead National Monument of America

Homestead National Monument of America will be celebrating one-room schools and rural education with a special gathering of country school teachers and students at the Homestead Education Center on Sunday, June 17, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Are you a former one-room school teacher or student?  You are invited!
Do you know someone who taught at or went to a one-room school?  Be sure to pass this information along to them! “At one time there were over 150 country schools in Gage County alone, Gage County being the home of Homestead National Monument of America, and we want to be sure all that were a part of this truly American tradition know about this event,” said Superintendent Mark Engler.
Note that although this celebration is a celebration of country school teachers and students, everyone is invited to participate in the fun at Homestead National Monument of America on Sunday, June 17.  The event will be free of cost and open to all.
The fun-filled day will start at 1 p.m. with an introduction to the history of rural education.  Following the introduction, teachers and students of country schools are encouraged to share their memories in a group atmosphere.  Everyone is invited to come listen and learn.  These sessions will bring to life these special places and capture stories for posterity.  Each group will focus on a different facet of country school life.
At 2:00 p.m. David Laskin, author of The Children’s Blizzard, will present a special program on the Children’s Blizzard of 1888.  Laskin researched this program at the Nebraska State Historical Society Library.  A book signing event will take place after his program.
At 3:00 p.m. the stories told in the first session of the day will be presented to the full group so that everyone is able to share in the memories and learn about life in a country school.  
Throughout the event, refreshments will be available courtesy of the Beatrice Educational Foundation.
Sunday’s program takes place the day before the Country School Association of America’s annual conference in Beatrice, Nebraska. This is a national conference focused on the history and preservation of country schools. If interested in learning more about the conference, or registering for it, you can visit their website at http://www.countryschoolassociation.org.

Remember, Homestead National Monument of America has an exciting schedule of events planned for 2018. Keep up with the latest information by following us on Twitter (HomesteadNM) and Facebook (HomesteadNM).

Homestead National Monument of America is a unit of the National Park Service located four miles west of Beatrice, Nebraska and 45 miles south of Lincoln. Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday before Memorial Day. After Memorial Day, hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. Admission is free of charge. For additional information, please call 402-223-3514 or visit http://www.nps.gov/home/.


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Last updated: April 17, 2018

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