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Contact: Dena Matteson, 573-323-4814EMINENCE, MO –Ozark National Scenic Riverways is pleased to announce a school reunion at the historic Buttin Rock School on September 24 from 11a.m. –2 p.m. The school will be open for viewing and a park ranger will be on hand to share a history of one-room schools in Shannon County. Former students and teachers invite the public to join in this event, which will feature a potluck luncheon. Visitors to this event are encouraged to bring old pictures, a covered dish or sack lunch, and folding chairs. The school is located on the east side of the Current River in Shannon County, approximately 4 miles south of State Highway 106 on County Road 539.
The Buttin Rock School, also known as District #85, was an important rural learning center for many Current River residents from 1914-1958. The school is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located within Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Former students will share their tales from yesteryear and reminisce about school days spent near the Current River with former teachers, including local educator Dorothy Ennis, who taught at the school during its final years of operation.
Signs will mark the route from the intersection of Highway 106 and County Road 539, which is also the turn to Blue Spring. The road down to Buttin Rock School is gravel and vehicles with low clearance are not encouraged. For more information, contact Ranger Josh Chilton at (573)226-3945 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The program is part of a series of activities and events planned at Ozark National Scenic Riverways throughout 2016 to celebrate the centennial of the National Park Service. You are invited to find your park and discover new activities and adventures in your own backyard! For more information about Ozark National Scenic Riverways and upcoming centennial programs, call (573) 323-4236 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; visit the park's Facebook page, or website at www.nps.gov/ozar.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people.
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