Parkville’s Banneker School Foundation prepares to participate in nearby national one-room school conference in June
Parkville, Mo. – A national conference on one-room schools is coming to Missouri this summer and should bring national attention to one-room school preservation efforts in the state.
The 14th annual conference of the Country Schools Association of America will be held June 15-18, 2014 at the Pony Express Museum in St. Joseph. Keynote conference speakers and the conference tour will focus on one-room schools in Missouri and Kansas. Area schools to be included on the bus tour include: Honey Valley School (1860, Tonganoxie, Kansas); Lanesfield School (1869-1963, Edgerton, Kansas); Oxford School (1877-1955, Leawood, Kansas); Mt. Gilead School (1879-1946, Kearney, Missouri; and the Franklin Academy (1856, Watkins Mill State Park, Lawson, Missouri)
Registration for the conference, including single day admission, can be done online at http://www.countryschoolassociation.org A complete agenda for the conference is also available online.
The conference this year will attract a diverse group of participants from many different organizations, museums and academic institutions as well as cultural and heritage centers.
“Each year, we provide museum personnel, teachers, staff, faculty and students, preservationists, historians and re-enactors from across the country, with an intimate forum to exchange ideas, discuss their current activities, programs and issues with people who have similar interests,” said Gloria Hawkins of Lenexa, Kansas who is a member of the CSAA board of directors and
organizer of this year’s conference.
This year’s conference also provides a unique educational opportunity for lovers of one-room schools in Missouri. The conference will include several Missouri speakers including David Burton, a civic communication specialist with University of Missouri Extension and founder of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance.
“Interest in protecting and recognizing and restoring one-room schools in Missouri is growing and gaining national attention,” said Burton. “In Missouri, the goal has always been to work with groups and owners to maintain these historic buildings and develop them as rural community centers. This national conference is a great opportunity for fans of one-room schools in Missouri to connect with each other.”
The presentation agenda features two programs by Board Members of the Banneker School Foundation in Parkville, Missouri. The first, scheduled to be given by Vice-Chair Carla Barksdale on Monday, June 16, relates their efforts to use modern “social media” to attract members and money to their project to restore the 1885 small brick building to its original condition as a segregated school for Parkville’s black children, where it will function as a living history museum. Barksdale, a native of St. Joseph, is also a member of the board of the hosting organization, the Pony Express Museum. The second program, co-presented by Banneker Secretary Elizabeth Miller and History Committee Member Mary Celeste and scheduled for Tuesday, June 17, focuses on the evolution of schools for black children in Missouri, with particular attention to the Parkville school. This is the first year of participation in the CSAA by members of the Banneker School Foundation of Parkville.
More information about getting involved with the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance, including a membership form, can be found online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene. The mission and vision of MHSA is outlined on the Greene County Extension website.
For 100 years, MU Extension has engaged Missourians in relevant programs based on University of Missouri research. The year 2014 marks the centennial of the Smith-Lever Act, which formalized the Cooperative Agricultural Extension Service, a national network whose purpose is to extend university-based knowledge beyond the campus.
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