Thursday, April 17, 2014

14th National Conference of One-Room School Enthusiasts in Missouri June 15-18; Register Online Before June 1

Contact: David Burton, civic communication specialist
Headquartered in Greene County
Tel: (417) 881-8909

SPRINGFIELD, 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.

Registration for the conference can be done online at 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 live 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.”


More information about getting involved with the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance, including a membership form, can be found online at 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.

University of Missouri Extension programs focus on the high-priority needs of Missourians. Each county extension center, with oversight by locally elected and appointed citizens, is your local link to practical education on almost anything.


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