Fourth lecture for the Rural Schoolhouse Speakers Series is Oct. 21

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa – The Friends of the University of Northern Iowa Museum will present the fourth presentation of a new lecture series, the Rural Schoolhouse Speakers. The lecture will begin at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, at the Marshall Center School at 2301 Indiana Street on the UNI campus.

The Rural Schoolhouse Speaker Series explores the era of the one-room schoolhouse in Iowa, including the history of rural schools, the teaching and learning experiences, and how the school building was once the heart and center of the community. The featured speaker for the fourth lecture is Diana Kruse from Lee County, Iowa. Kruse is completing her work on a book about the rural schoolhouses of Lee County. She has been happily accessing the records and collections held by the UNI Museum and Rod Library, which include student attendance and grade records, biographical information, photographs and objects. And, of course, information on UNI’s Marshall County School building on campus near the Schindler Education Center.

Other speakers in the series have included Bill Sherman, a prominent Humanities Iowa speaker, Jean Richardson from Cedar Falls and Marilyn Meyer of Clay County, Iowa. Friends of the UNI Museum is pleased to feature these treasures of our towns and communities in the year-long program hosted at our own historical schoolhouse on the UNI campus.

The series is free and open to the public. Free parking and handicapped accessibility is available. For more information, contact Amy RohrBerg, Friends of the UNI Museum board member and associate professor in the Department of Theatre, at 319-273-6459 or


Amy RohrBerg, Friends of the UNI Museum board member and associate professor, Department of Theatre, 319-273-6459,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-2761,