Remembering Forest Grove Student Vera Conner
Remembering Jane Butcher, a beloved Forest Grove School Teacher

Historic Forest Grove School wins national designation from Silos and Smokestacks National Heritage Area

Forest Grove School built in 1873 and fully restored is now open for tours. (Photo courtesy Jonathan Turner)

Fourth Wall Films is thrilled to see all of the good news surrounding Forest Grove School and its 150th Anniversary celebration this year. Bravo to Forest Grove on the SSNHA designation. We are SO excited about the premiere of "Resurrecting Forest Grove" on the Putnam Giant Screen September 23!

A wonderful story by WHBF's Jonathan Turner ran today, and we include a portion here. You can read the rest by clicking on the WHBF link below.

There’s a new national heritage site in Bettendorf.

The restored Forest Grove School No. 5 (24040 Forest Grove Drive) has received official designation as a Silos & Smokestacks National Heritage Area (SSNHA) Site.

Ranging from dairy farms and museums to vineyards and tractor assembly plants, there are 110 sites and attractions in the heritage area formally designated with preserving and sharing their own unique part of America’s agricultural story, according to a Monday news release.

In celebration of the partnership between SSNHA and Forest Grove School No. 5, a ribbon cutting will take place at the school on June 16 at 11 a.m.

Read the rest of Jonathan Turners' story at WHBF HERE!

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Fourth Wall Films' Kelly and Tammy Rundle won a Mid-America Emmy® award for their short documentary “Remembering Forest Grove” which screens exclusively at Forest Grove School. The Rundles have won 4 Emmys, and have received a total of twelve Emmy-nominations for their various film projects over the last decade. They are currently in post-production on their feature-length documentary “Resurrecting Forest Grove”. The film will premiere for the country school’s 150th Anniversary on the Putnam Giant Screen in Davenport, Iowa on September 23rd, 2023 .

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