Deadline Extended for Film's Fundraising Campaign

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We are nearing the end of our fundraising campaign for our new documentary Resurrecting Forest Grove. We have just $445 left to meet our $4,000 campaign goal. We hope to end the campaign before the end of October.

We need YOUR help to reach the finish line.  Simply CLICK on the link, CHECK OUT the project details, SELECT a contribution level with fun PERKS, DONATE and SHARE with others.

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We are grateful to all of our awesome supporters who have helped us make it this far!  Our thanks to our NEW supporters for considering helping us make this inspiring story come to life!

To make a donation and add your name to the credits, visit: https://docublogger.typepad.com/resurrecting_forest_grove/crowdfunding-campaign.html.

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Tammy & Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, producers of the new documentary feature film Resurrecting Forest Grove, have been documenting the restoration of Forest Grove School No. 5 since work began on the schoolhouse seven years ago. The film project is in the production phase and a fundraising campaign is underway to raise matching funds for a grant the project received from Humanities Iowa. Click HERE to learn more about the film project and how YOU can help!


A Perfect Day for a Ribbon-Cutting

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Photo courtesy Caroline Bredekamp.

Friday, September 13th at 10:30 a.m. over 70 people gathered to celebrate.  It could not have been a more perfect day for a ribbon-cutting.  After 7 1/2 years of planning, fundraising,  researching, searching, rebuilding and restoring, Forest Grove School No. 5 stood immaculate under the bluest sky anyone could ever remember. We could not help but think that THIS is what it must have been like for those earliest students of the 1873 schoolhouse to walk through its welcoming doors, ready to take their seats and learn.

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Sharon Andresen welcomes the crowd at the official ribbon cutting of Forest Grove School. Filmmakers Tammy & Kelly Rundle filmed the event for their documentary "Resurrecting Forest Grove". Photo courtesy Caroline Bredekamp.

The Iowa Standard School plaque was secured to the door--a gift from Bill Sherman, Country School preservationist and advocate.  The bell was rung and that one sound ringing through the countryside caused many eyes to dampen and goosebumps to rise.

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The speeches were given. The gratitude and recognitions shared.  And then, the moment all gathered together had waited for, the ribbon cutting and the schoolhouse doors officially opened. It was a magical day--beyond belief.  Everything perfectly planned and executed, just as the rebirth of Forest Grove itself.

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Barbara Blunk Andersen listens to Bill Sherman talk about the significance of the Iowa Standard School plaque at the special luncheon that followed the ribbon cutting ceremony. Photo courtesy Caroline Bredekamp.

Bravo to the hardest worker we know, visionary Sharon Andresen, for all you have done; all you have dreamed and seen through from the very beginning until the end of this phase. It is a stunning achievement.  You brought so many smiles to so many faces on this day.  Bravo to the Blunk family, and the Forest Grove School Preservation committee and board, many who have volunteered time and talent all of these years.

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Architect Doug Steinmetz opens the luncheon. Photo by Caroline Bredekamp.

We will repeat what we shared at the end of the lovely celebratory luncheon that followed the ribbon cutting and tour of the breathtaking Forest Grove:

Here is to the visionaries, the dreamers, the planners, the givers, the grantors, the helpers, the consulters;
To the problem solvers, the fixers, the builders, the painters, the caretakers;
To the promoters, the teachers, the storytellers and the believers.
Today is YOUR day. YOU brought Forest Grove back. You raised it up. You never stopped believing... it is a true lesson to be learned and inspired by.

CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who had a part in “resurrecting” this beautiful icon sitting so proud on the Iowa landscape ready to 'teach' all of us again.

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Tammy & Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, producers of the new documentary feature film Resurrecting Forest Grove, have been documenting the restoration of Forest Grove School No. 5 since work began on the schoolhouse seven years ago. The film project is in the production phase and a fundraising campaign is underway to raise matching funds for a grant the project received from Humanities Iowa. Click HERE to learn more about the film project and how YOU can help!

 

 


Bettendorf school rescue complete: 'You folks did this'

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By Alma Gaul
Quad City Times

An unlikely long shot paid off Friday when supporters of the once-collapsing Forest Grove School in Bettendorf snipped the ribbon at the entry of the restored, 1873 one-room country school.

Peals from the school's original bell rang out across the countryside as Sharon Andresen, the Bettendorf woman who spearheaded the seven-year restoration effort, told the crowd of about 70 that although she is "often the face and voice of the project," the community should know that "you folks did this."

About $225,000 has been spent, with untold amounts of in-kind donations of time and materials, Andresen said. Money was raised through grants; the sale of historic tax credits; direct "asks"; Birdies for Charity, the fund-raising arm of the John Deere Classic golf tournament; trivia nights, and car washes.

Going forward, the building that was restored to the 1923 time period will be used as a museum/interpretive center, telling the story of one-room country schools and the farm life that surrounded them. At one time, Iowa was dotted with about 13,000 one-room country schools; they closed in the 1950s after state-ordered consolidation.

Read the rest of Alma's article HERE!

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Tammy & Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, producers of the new documentary feature film Resurrecting Forest Grove, have been documenting the restoration of Forest Grove School No. 5 since work began on the schoolhouse seven years ago. The film project is in the production phase and a fundraising campaign is underway to raise matching funds for a grant the project received from Humanities Iowa. Click HERE to learn more about the film project and how YOU can help!


The Old Wood Burning Stove Crowns the Classroom at Forest Grove

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Tom Cox restored the vintage wood burning stove, delivered it to the school and intalled it with the help of Charles Watkins. Ben Taylor assisted with the stovepipe installation.

So much work has been done on the interior of Forest Grove School this summer and as the September 13th ribbon-cutting ceremony bears down, the final fittings of school desks, framed portraits of Presidents Lincoln and Washington, books, maps, a 1920s 48-star American flag, a rare globe and all the country-school trimmings are in full force.  But today's installation of a vintage stove was the crowning touch for this historic icon. Forest Grove School gave us goosebumps... AGAIN!

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Have you ever lifted a cast-iron stove? Didn't think so!  Tom Cox and Charles Watkins did and carefully moved it into place at the front corner of the classroom.  The installation of the vintage wood burning stove and the stovepipe took approximately 2 1/2 hours.  

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Charles Watkins, Kris Albert and Sharon Andresen, representatives of Forest Grove School Preservation, are very pleased with the new 'addition' to the one-room school.

Forest Grove School's ribbon cutting ceremony will take place on Friday, September 13 at 10:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon at Davenport Country Club, to celebrate the official opening of the Pleasant Valley Township Forest Grove School No 5. Each lunch reservation is $25, payable to Forest Grove School Preservation by Monday, Sept 9th. Please mail reservation checks to Forest Grove School Preservation, PO Box 603, Bettendorf, IA, 52722. The luncheon starts at 12:00 PM and is located at 25500 Valley Drive, Pleasant Valley, Iowa.

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Tammy & Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, producers of the new documentary feature film Resurrecting Forest Grove, have been documenting the restoration of Forest Grove School No. 5 since work began on the schoolhouse seven years ago. The film project is in the production phase and a fundraising campaign is underway to raise matching funds for a grant the project received from Humanities Iowa. Click HERE to learn more about the film project and how YOU can help!


New "Resurrecting Forest Grove" Fundraising Campaign is Underway

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Award-winning filmmakers Tammy & Kelly Rundle of Fourth Wall Films.

JOIN THE JOURNEY AND SUPPORT RESURRECTING FOREST GROVE

We are in production on our new Fourth Wall Films documentary feature Resurrecting Forest Grove and could not be more excited!  Now the FUN begins with FUNdraising and we sure could use your help.

We accept donations of all levels, starting at $5!  Your contribution will fund a portion of the cost of the production phase of the historical documentary Resurrecting Forest Grove. This fundraising campaign is focused on raising a portion of the matching funds required for the grant we received from Humanities Iowa. Funds that exceed the goal will help fund the editing and finishing stage of the film project.

How to contribute and the cool "perks"offered, details about the film project and campaign updates can be found by clicking HERE.

Thank you for considering supporting "Resurrecting Forest Grove"!  We are very grateful to all of our generous contributors!


Forest Grove School No. 5 Ribbon Cutting Celebration September 13

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The official Forest Grove School No. 5 ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Friday, September 13th at 10:30 a.m. Forest Grove School is located at 24040 195th (Forest Grove Drive), Bettendorf, Iowa.

A celebratory luncheon at the Davenport Country Club will follow the official opening of the Pleasant Valley Township Forest Grove School No 5.  Special speakers will take part in the event.

Lunch reservations are $25 per person, payable to Forest Grove School Preservation by Monday, Sept 9th.

Mail reservation checks to Forest Grove School Preservation, PO Box 603, Bettendorf, IA, 52722.  The luncheon starts at 12:00 p.m. The Davenport Country Club is located at 25500 Valley Drive, Pleasant Valley, Iowa.

For more information visit https://forestgroveschool.org/

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Resurrecting Forest Grove, a new documentary by award-winning and Emmy®  nominated filmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films, cinematically tells the dramatic true story behind the seemingly-impossible task of restoring a crumbling 1873 one-room school to its 1920s appearance. Footage and interviews gathered over a seven-year period will illustrate the problems they faced and the solutions they employed as they attempted to bring this rural icon back to life. The surprises and successes of this challenging restoration project will be intercut with a vivid historical portrait of the 'Roaring 20s' in rural America.

Resurrecting Forest Grove is partially funded by a grant from Humanities Iowa, a State affiliate of The National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed by the film do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or Humanities Iowa.

Resurrecting Forest Grove will be released on DVD and its WQPT-PBS debut in 2020.

Click HERE to join the journey and contribute to the documentary project!


"Resurrecting Forest Grove" Awarded Grant

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Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films have received a major media grant from Humanities Iowa, a state-based affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in support of production on their new feature-length documentary Resurrecting Forest Grove. The fiscal sponsor for the project is the Moline Foundation.

“We are very grateful to Humanities Iowa for this grant award for this documentary project," said director Kelly Rundle. “Humanities Iowa has been an important partner in our quest to create entertaining and enlightening historical documentaries on important Midwestern subjects.”

The Rundles first visited Forest Grove School in Bettendorf, Iowa in 2009 while filming snow scenes for their Emmy® nominated historical documentary Country School: One Room – One Nation. The school appeared to be on the brink of collapse and unrestorable.

In 2012, a small group of local preservationists decided the 1873 Forest Grove School No. 5. could, and should, be saved.

Resurrecting Forest Grove, will cinematically tell the dramatic true story behind the seemingly-impossible task of restoring the vintage one-room school to its 1920s appearance. Footage and interviews gathered over a seven-year period will depict the problems they faced and the solutions they employed as they attempted to bring this rural icon back to life. The surprises and successes of this challenging restoration project are intercut with a vivid historical portrait of the 'Roaring 20s' in rural America.

"It has been an exciting experience to watch and document the ‘resurrection’ of Forest Grove over the past seven years,” said producer Tammy Rundle. “It took a dedicated and hard-working group of visionaries to bring the school back to life. It is an inspirational story that will make you think twice about saying, ‘It can’t be done.’"

Resurrecting Forest Grove is slated for release in 2021.  For more information about the new documentary, visit www.ForestGroveMovie.com and the film's Facebook fan page.

Humanities Iowa is the only non-profit organization in Iowa committed to bringing the humanities to life and to the public through interactive programming, publications, and events.  Resurrecting Forest Grove is supported by Humanities Iowa and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  The views and opinions expressed by this program do not necessarily reflect those of Humanities Iowa or the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Fourth Wall Films is an award-winning and Emmy-nominated independent film and video production company formerly located in Los Angeles, and now based in Moline, Illinois.