Exhibits

These exhibits are meant to highlight particularly interesting or lesser-known materials found in the Rural School Collections.

- Aletha Hutchison (Jacobs) Collection
A brief look into the history of education in Iowa will yield examples of many influential and talented rural school teachers, both male and female. Aletha Hutchison (Jacobs), a native of Buchanan County, Iowa, was one such teacher.

- Eighth Grade Examinations
Imagine it is 1916, and you are finishing eighth grade at a one-room school in rural Black Hawk County, Iowa. Your father has agreed that you can go on to high school in town. However, in order to do so, you must pass the state’s eighth-grade examination.

- Harry L. Eells Collection
Incredibly influential in shaping rural education in Iowa, Harry L. Eells began his career as a rural educator in Butler County, Iowa, but continued to aim higher, ultimately becoming Head of the Department of Education at the Iowa State Teachers College. In addition to his success in Iowa, he was a veteran of the Spanish-American War and World War I where he served with the Army Expeditionary Force Army Educational Corps in France.

-Teaching, a Family Tradition: The Hightshoe Sisters
With a combined total of 139 years of teaching experience, the Hightshoe sisters established themselves as pillars of Iowa's educational community. The History of Education Collections pertaining to the sisters chronicle the changing landscape of education in Iowa, Johnson, and Washington Counties.

- Lee County Color Rural School Slides
These color slides document the rural school culture in Lee County, Iowa circa late 1940s-early 1950s. Snapped by an unknown photographer--likely the County Superintendent--they provide a rare glimpse at Iowa's rural schools.

- Reorganization and Consolidation
The Center's Rural School Records contain large number of official records documenting the history of Iowa's reorganization and consolidation movement. This ongoing exhibit showcases a sampling of the types and kinds of these materials available for research.