The One Room Schoolhouse project
The work on the one room school house has been completed and a "grand opening" was held. Special thanks is extended to Gerald "Holly" and Geraldine Hollenbeck for their adoption of the project. In addition to Holly and Geri, the Society received a grant of $1,000 from the Wisconsin Antique Dealers' Association, with further financial support from Dick and Deb Griem and Terry and Karen Thiessen. In-kind construction support for the project was generously provided by Mike Miller of Miller Builders, Dick Griem, Herb Buhl, and Bill Heus.
What started out as a plan to do an 8' x 10' vignette has turned into a complete one room school house complete with pot belly stove, a roof and a bell tower, slate black boards and a large collection of period furnishings and school supplies.
The design of the school allows us to either have it open to let visitors walk into the room or when the door is closed, two windows allow folks to look into the room and see all areas of the classroom. The windows are at a level that will give school children a great viewing angle to see everything in the room. The design is based on a photo of the New Holstein elementary school that was located on the property of the current New Holstein Public Library. It shows the interior of the school very well and provided us with a great prototype to construct.
We have received donations of desks, black slate boards that came from either the New Holstein elementary school or the high school (located at the current site of the NH City Hall), school books, desk bells, maps, windows and door. Once again, our friends and members have been very generous in their support with artifacts and documents.