Friday, May 16, 2014

Community Effort Focused on Saving and Using Historic Rural Schools Expanding Statewide, Become a Member

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

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- A seed first planted 15 years ago is blooming now as membership in the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance is opened to local history enthusiasts and owners of one-room schools in the state of Missouri.

A membership fee of $40 covers the cost of a quarterly newsletter as well as other educational resources, programs, networking and email blasts. Membership fees also make planning for future programs and resources possible.

“Interest in protecting and recognizing and restoring one-room schools in Missouri is growing and gaining national attention,” said David Burton, civic communication specialist with University of Missouri Extension. “The goal has always been to work with groups and owners to maintain these historic buildings and develop them as rural community centers.”

Burton says there is already some progress toward achieving that goal along with growing interest in the state about one-room schools. A statewide advisory board is also in place now for this University of Missouri Extension program.

“We are going to have some exciting programs to announce in 2014,” said Burton. “It also looks like we will have the first edition of a directory of one-room schools in Missouri available and published this year thanks to the work of an intern from Drury, Jennifer Kervian of Joplin.”

Information is available at  about the directory and individuals who want to receive notification when the directory is available can sign up online.

A national conference on one-room schools is also coming to Missouri. 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. Conference speakers and the conference tour will focus on one-room schools in Missouri and Kansas. (See

More information about the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance, including a membership form, can be found online at The mission and vision of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance are outlined on the Greene County Extension website.


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