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Wednesday, September 14, 2016

New Country School DIsplay at the Rolfe Library

We rotated exhibits at the Pocahontas, Laurens and Rolfe libraries recently. The Pocahontas Library is now hosting the World War I display that was created by Laurens-Marathon American History students. (See the March 23rd blog post for more info on that display.) The Laurens Library has the small town display. (See the April 15th blog post.)

The Rolfe Library is the temporary home of a new display about one-room schools in Pocahontas County entitled "Lessons Learned." It features photos from one-room schools in the county. We included a photo of one-room schools lined up in Des Moines Township that we named "Consolidation by Moonlight." If that sounds intriguing, you'll have to see the display yourself to find out more. The seal from the long-serving county superintendent Grace McDaniel is part of the display along with memories of her heavy footsteps when she came to inspect schools. 

You can test your knowledge with some of the questions from the 1929 eighth grade examination that had to be passed if you wanted to go to high school. Beware, they're not easy! Olga Johnson's 1927 diagrams of the parts of the ear and eye are so carefully executed that they put our rushed scribbles of today to shame. Report cards, souvenir booklets, a slate and slate pencil and school books round out the display. If you're in Rolfe stop by to enjoy it. If that's not convenient, don't worry. The display will travel to Laurens and Pocahontas and end up at the museum.