Country School: One Room – One Nation will be showcased at Marshalltown’s historic Orpheum Theater Center, 220 East Main Street, on Tuesday, March 1 at 7:00pm. Tickets are $5 per person and advance tickets are recommended, as seating is limited. www.orpheumcenter.com
The Historical Society of Marshall County is hosting a special pre-show reception at the 1913 Taylor No. 4 Schoolhouse, 19 N. 2nd Avenue from 5pm-6:15pm. The reception is free to the public.
Among those schools featured in the film are Marshalltown’s 1913 Taylor No. 4 and State Center’s Washington Township #6. The Rundles spent several days in 2009 gathering footage for the documentary in Marshall, Story, Wright and Franklin counties.
Marshalltown resident Julie Jontz Lang organized local children to dress in period costume and take part in a classroom reenactment for the film at Taylor No. 4. Former one-room school student Gilbert Ingraham, now 99, did an interview for Country School as did State Center Historical Society president Mike Riemenschnedier.
Country School: One Room – One Nation was funded in part by the Humanities Iowa, the Wisconsin Humanities Council, the Kansas Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area.