Muscatine Historic Preservation Commission completes country schools and churches survey

The Muscatine County Historic Preservation Commission has completed the survey of country schools and churches. Commission member, Jane Daufeldt, presented a copy of the completed report to Board of Supervisors Chair, Santos Saucedo, during their regular meeting on Monday, Aug. 23. The 19-month survey was partially funded by The National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, through a Certified Local Government (CLG) grant issued by the Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs.

Supported by Historic Preservation Commission members and community volunteers, consultant Leah D. Rogers with Tallgrass Archaeology LLC was instrumental in directing the project. Jane Daufeldt, local project manager, stated that some 1,285 hours of volunteer time was donated to the research and that she was very appreciative of the wide range of participation.
Bill Koellner, Chair of the commission, reported the project identified 104 country school sites and 37 country church sites. While 40 schools and 34 churches are still standing, several of the schools have been repurposed into homes or for other farming uses. Koellner requested that any corrections or additional pertinent information (including photographs) be submitted for inclusion in a possible future edition. Local residents, particularly those who attended one of the country schools and/or churches in Muscatine County, may be interested in owning and reviewing the final document. Those interested in providing additional information or obtaining a copy may contact Lynn Pruitt (563-260-0234) who is researching publication of the document.

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