The Iowa Files: One Room Schoolhouses

  • Overview

    The first Iowa schoolhouse was built in 1830 in Lee County. After that, country schools popped up in the thousands in Iowa.  Many young Iowans received an amazing education at one-room schools, going beyond the “Three Rs.” Bill Sherman is an expert researcher and author of “Iowa’s Country Schools: Landmarks of Learning”, a groundbreaking look at the history and impact of country schools on education in Iowa. Bill will present photographs and information about one-room schools, and invites attendees to share their stories as well.

    Free and open to the public thanks to the support of West Des Moines Historical Society Members, EMC Insurance Foundation, the West Des Moines Library Friends Foundation and the Iowa Arts Council. New this year- all Iowa Files programs will be live streamed on the West Des Moines Historical Society’s YouTube channel and all videos will be closed captioned.