Sunday, June 28th 2-3 pm
Directions to Site: From State Hwy 22 just North of Biscay, Proceed West 3.5 miles on County Hwy 11, turn South on Koala Road for 0.9 of a mile, parking area on West Side of Koala Road.
The McLeod County Historical Society and Museum is thrilled to announce the dedication of a historical marker for McLeod County Country School District #6. This small rural school is like so many that existed from the 1800s through the 1950s. Like many Districts in McLeod County, the schoolhouse is now gone-closing in 1954-with only a few foundation stones remaining. “Riverside or Koniska School”, as District #6 was once known, is unique in that the land where it once stood is now owned and managed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. The Rich Valley Wildlife Management Area (WMA)-Virgil Voigt Tract- that was donated by the McLeod County Pheasants Forever chapter, is situated along the Crow River. The site is open to the public, making it the perfect location for our historical country school marker. This unique location gave the Museum the opportunity to mark the spot and commemorate the memory of not only District #6, but all rural country schools like it. As a part of our 2015 historical theme, “History of the Country Schools of McLeod County”, the Museum, with the help of the Minnesota DNR and our local Pheasants Forever Chapter, have created a marker that will ensure this part of our County’s educational history is never forgotten. The sign will also showcase a project the Museum has been working on in 2015, collecting personal stories from Country school teachers and students. The sign will feature a QR code link, that when scanned by a smart phone, will share a personal story told by 8th grade graduate, Verda Graupman Templin. Verda was 95 years old when she made the video and will be one of many that will live on in the Museum’s collection. Verda will also be honored at this dedication for her lifelong support of education and her families involvement in the establishment of the rural bus service in the area. To share your story- call us to setup an interview, or go to our website: www.mcleodhistory.org and click on the Share your country school memories link on the home page.