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Bill Sherman to speak on Iowa Country Schools – 10-30-14

Title: Bill Sherman to speak on Iowa Country Schools – 10-30-14
Location: Fayette Co. Historical Center – West Union
Description: Bill Sherman, author of a book entitled: Iowa’s Country Schools: Landmarks of Learning will be the speaker at 2:00 pm on October 30, at the Fayette County Historical Center, West Union. The Certified Local Government Commission of Fayette County has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private non-profit affiliate of the National endowment for the Humanities, to host a presentation called The Recycling of Iowa country Schools. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa’s communities.
Sherman has spent more than 35 years as a publications/public relations specialist for the Iowa State Education Association. While one-room schools are no longer the dominant form of educational delivery in this day and age, they were for over a 100-year-span in history. “In fact, we can say that the one-room school was really the backbone of the educational delivery system in Iowa from the 1840s, when Iowa became a state, through the 1940s,” Sherman states. While doing his research Sherman investigated the number of one-room school house that existed in Iowa. He found that there were 3,000 buildings standing in Iowa that had been used, at one time, as country schools. Sherman discovered that efforts were underway to preserve about 160 schoolhouses, to turn them into various types of museum facilities. “For the past 10 years, that effort has been accelerated,” he said. “Now, Iowa has about 200 country school museums—more than any other state in the nation.”
The program is free and participants will have the opportunity to visit with Mr. Sherman and share their country school experiences.

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All You Can Eat Potato & Dessert Bar – 10-26-14


All You Can Eat Potato & Dessert Bar

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Organ Concert – 10-26-14

Title: Organ Concert – 10-26-14
Location: Union Sunday School
Description: Martha Olson Jensen

Martha Olson Jensen, Zumbrota, MN will present an organ concert on Sunday October 26, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. in the historic 1863 Union Sunday School in Clermont, Iowa.

Ms. Jensen studied piano and organ at Luther College and UNI.  She began her music career at the age of 6 with piano lesson.  When she was 12 years old she became a church organist for the Ridgeway Lutheran Parish, Ridgeway, IA.   She continued her position as full time organist and also served as pianist for Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Decorah, IA until she married and moved to Rochester, MN.

Martha now serves as organist once a month at Hayfield Lutheran Church in Hayfield, MN and once a month as organist in Blooming Prairie, MN at First Lutheran Church in addition to playing for weddings and funerals.  She enjoys serving as a church organist and playing music that provides a worshipful experience for people.  She was a piano teacher for several years, but stopped to be able to be home more with her preschool and baby daughters.

While planning to obtain a music degree at Luther, she chose instead to pursue elementary education.  Martha is an Early Childhood Special Education teacher for the Rochester Public Schools in Rochester, MN. Receiving her Master’s Degree in Special Education from UNI she teaches children with special needs. Martha uses music in her classroom.

A free tea for the audience following the concert will be held at the Clermont Opera House, only one block from the Union Sunday School, where they can meet and share refreshments with the cast.

The concert is sponsored by the State Historical Society of Iowa and the Clermont Historical Society. Arline Davisson, CHS President, will deliver the welcome to the audience. Wade Schott is manager of the state historic sites at the Montauk Mansion, Union Sunday School and Museum.

Martha Jensen

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