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Second lecture for new Rural Schoolhouse Speakers Series is June 17

May 26, 2017

Amy RohrBerg, Friends of the UNI Museum board member and associate professor, Department of Theatre, 319-273-6459,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The Friends of the University of Northern Iowa Museum will present the second part of a new lecture series, the Rural Schoolhouse Speakers. The lecture will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 17, at the Marshall Center School at 2301 Indiana St. on the UNI campus. 

The Rural Schoolhouse Speakers Series explores the era of the one-room schoolhouse in Iowa, including the history of rural schools, the teaching and learning experience, and how the school building was once the heart and center of the community. The featured speaker for this second lecture is Jean Richardson from Cedar Falls. Richardson will share what she has learned from interviewing students and teachers from some of Iowa's one-room schools, including the trauma of the eighth-grade exams and the joy of community celebrations.

The first speaker was Bill Sherman, Humanities Iowa Speaker, who presented "Iowa's Country Schools: Landmarks of Learning." Friends of the UNI Museum has received funding from Humanities Iowa, a private nonprofit state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, to host these presentations. A cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, Humanities of Iowa offers many cultural and historical programs and grants to Iowa's communities.

The series is free and open the public. Free parking and handicapped accessibility is available. For more information, contact Amy RohrBerg, Friends of the UNI Museum board member and associate professor in the Department of Theatre, at 319-273-6459 or