NELIGH, Neb. — Some residents in a northeast Nebraska area want to move an aging school building to town so it can be used to tell the story of a time that’s gone but not totally forgotten.
Former students of Clearwater have mounted a campaign to raise the money needed to turn the century-old building into a museum in downtown Neligh, the Norfolk Daily News reported .
“I want to capture that period of time — from the one-room, to the two-room, to the transition to urban schools,” said Gloria Christiansen, who taught grade school at Clearwater for 13 years. She said she wants to tell the story of the country school from the 1940s through the 1950s.
Preliminary estimates are around $120,000 to move the building and make it functional. It will be located in Neligh’s museum complex next to the pioneer church along Highway 275, and close to the Pierson Wildlife Museum Learning Center.
In addition to the building, Christiansen acquired a box of records, including meeting minutes, teacher contracts, financial information and more than someone preserved.
The residents have been approved for a grant to help restore the facade and replace the roof, which has to be done by late summer next year.
The committee is determined to create a space where people of all ages can either learn about or relive the era before electronic smart boards, when modern technology was a filmstrip. Christiansen is also gathering personal stories of people who attended the school.
“We need to capture these (stories) … and take people back in time,” she said.
Information from: Norfolk Daily News, http://www.norfolkdailynews.com