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Third lecture for the Rural Schoolhouse Speakers Series is Aug. 26

August 11, 2017
Contact: 

Amy RohrBerg, Friends of the UNI Museum board member and associate professor, Department of Theatre, 319-273-6459, amy.rohrberg@uni.edu

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761, lindsay.cunningham@uni.edu

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Friends of the University of Northern Iowa Museum will present the third presentation of a new lecture series, the Rural Schoolhouse Speakers. The lecture will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 26, at the Marshall Center School at 2301 Indiana Street 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 experiences, and how the school building was once the heart and center of the community. The featured speaker for the third lecture is Marilyn Meyer from Clay County, Iowa. Meyer, now retired, came to Iowa more than 60 years ago from Nebraska. She was a teacher in Clay County for over 31 years, beginning in on of Iowa's one-room schools. She will share stories and photographs of schools in Clay County and talk about what the schools meant to the communities they served then and now. Meyer is proud to have been a part of a family legacy of teaching, beginning with her grandfather, and has continued to pass down the tradition to her children and grandchildren.

Other speakers in the series have included Bill Sherman, Humanities Iowa Speaker, a cultural resource for Iowans since 1971, and Jean Richardson from Cedar Falls. Friends of the UNI Museum is pleased to feature these treasures of our towns and communities in the year-long program hosted at our own historical schoolhouse on the UNI campus.

The series is free and open to 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 amy.rohrberg@uni.edu.