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Contact: Cathy Runge, 573-323-4806
Contact: Dena Matteson, 573-323-4814VAN BUREN, MO: Join us at our Van Buren Visitor Center on Sunday, August 6th, 1-4 pm, for a program on one room schoolhouses in the Ozarks. A Park Ranger will share the history of one room schools that were found along the Current and Jacks Fork Rivers. Hear stories about local Ozark schools and learn what a day in a one room school was like. Participants will get to experience fun educational activities from a simpler time, like ciphering matches, spelling bees and practicing cursive penmanship on slates. We might even play some traditional outdoor recess games like “Wolf over the Ridge”!
Visit our one room schoolhouse exhibit celebrating a legacy of learning, at the Van Buren Visitor Center, open daily from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. One room schoolhouses across the United States served not only as places to teach children reading, writing and arithmetic; but as a community gathering place for social events. From bravely reciting passages out of a speller, belting out “My Country ‘Tis of Thee”, and lunches in tin buckets, rural educations and one room schoolhouses provided a foundation for the future.
Ozark National Scenic Riverways preserves the free-flowing Current and Jacks Fork Rivers, the surrounding natural resources, and the unique cultural heritage of the Ozark people. For more information visit, www.nps.gov/ozar or call 573-323-4236.