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Emmetsburg Country School

August 29, 2017
Emmetsburg News

The Schools in Palo Alto County will soon be filled with noises, and the country school at the fair grounds will once again be standing quietly, but during the Palo Alto County Fair, it was busy telling the story of the Germans who arrived to America in order to begin a new life. Through a series of 12 panels, visitors were able to experience the triumphs and tragedies of the German people who chose to call Iowa home. We wish to thank Laurel Sanders of the University of Iowa and Humanities for telling the story of German Iowans in our county who experienced problems after Governor Harding made a proclamation (1918) that the German language should not be spoken in the schools and churches.

Other activities held at the country school during the fair were the presentation of 4-H demonstrations and a live insect zoo presented by Iowa State University. During the school year, the school is also used for special activities like EPAC.

It was wonderful to have 140 visitors at the country school to attend the various events and to enjoy the country school. A big thanks to Lee, Jon, and Dean Johnson for installing the air conditioning, Diana Berkland for preparing the opening of the school, and Gary and Trudy Huskamp Peterson for traveling to Laurens to pick up the exhibit and setting it up for display. We so appreciate the publicity in the Emmetsburg Democrat concerning the German Exhibit prior to the fair.

Next year we plan to highlight WWI and its effect on Palo Alto County.

We so welcome and schools and community residents who would like to visit to contact the Palo Alto Extension Office for information on visiting the country school.


Arlet Johnson,

Emmetsburg, IA



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