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The UNI Museums receive a special gift - A piece of Iowa history

marshall center schoolThe UNI Museums are now the home for an important body of documents on Iowa rural school history. Last spring the Iowa Area Education Agencies of Iowa agreed, as a body, to donate all historical documents from 12,000 country schools that once dotted the state. These records include teacher, county superintendent, and local township school board records.

These old ledgers, some dating well back into the 1850s, contain a wealth of information. In the simple surroundings of a one-room school, Iowans received an education that resulted in our state having the highest literacy rate in the nation for many decades. Now faculty, student researchers, and public genealogists will be able to study that history in depth.

The UNI Museums are proud to bring this important and valuable research collection to UNI. Our campus is an appropriate repository for this material because we have produced so many teachers, already interpret early education history at the Marshall Center School, and house at the University Museum a collection of more than 3,000 items related to that history. I hope you share in our excitement at this new addition to the Museums!

GIFT TO PHIRE!
The State Historical Society, Inc. has just awarded the UNI Museums a grant of $14,731 to get this project off to a good start. THANKS to SHS, Inc. for its support!

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