Guests from organizations such as museums, academic institutions and cultural centers gathered inside the one-room school house
"There are a lot of people who have a lot of passion for preserving (country schools) by making them into museums so younger generations do not forget what school was like then," said
Beginning in the approximately 900-square-foot, one-room schoolhouse 1860s reproduction, CSAA guests registered for the four-day conference before visiting the
"I still have the dress that I wore to school there and the lunch pail," she said, adding that she purchased the schoolhouse on a whim during a public auction. "Something just came over me and I just love history."
Ms. Stukenholtz said throughout the past 14 years she has spent thousands of dollars of her own money in maintenance to upkeep the historical significance of the structure. Fellow attendees
"We saved our one-room school house by moving it in 2012, but we were able to move it back to where it had originally been," Ms. Spooner said. "It was built in 1886, but it had been turned into a home before we purchased it to restore it."
As a part of the annual event, guests will participate in conference discussions, seminars and have the ability to travel to regional portions of
"We really want people to see what we have here and stay with the same era of history of the Pony Express," she said. "Last month we had 5,105 people come out and visit."
On Tuesday, CSAA will honor the
"A lot of the ideas that were taught in one-room school houses are being used now," she said. "We really can still take away from what history has taught us and that is why the preservation of (the schoolhouses) means a lot to a lot of people."
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