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Book Talk: One Room Schools - Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades
1:00 PM13:00

Book Talk: One Room Schools - Stories from the Days of 1 Room, 1 Teacher, 8 Grades

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Susan Apps-Bodilly, author of “One Rooms Schools: Stories from the Days of 1 Teacher, 1 Room, & 8 Grades,” will give a presentation on the different aspects of one-room schools throughout history.

In “One Room Schools,” Susan Apps-Bodilly chronicles life in Wisconsin’s early country schools, detailing the experiences of the students, the role of the teacher and examples of the curriculum, including the importance of Wisconsin School of the Air radio programs. She describes the duties children had at school besides their schoolwork, from cleaning the erasers and sweeping cobwebs out of the outhouse to carrying in wood for the stove. She also tells what led to the closing of the one-room schools, which also served as the gathering place for the community.

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Book Talk: "Little Wisconsin"
2:00 PM14:00

Book Talk: "Little Wisconsin"


Researched, written, and photographed by Melinda Anne Roberts.

Wisconsin's smallest communities have remarkable stories. From the Native Americans who have been here for centuries, to the arrival of French emissary Jean Nicolet in 1634; through the fur-trading, logging, mining and agricultural transitions and the arrival of European immigrant and Yankee pioneer settlers, Wisconsin's history is compelling, intriguing, and unique. With full-color photographs taken by author Melinda Anne Roberts, fun and fascinating facts, an intimate look at the people and events that define every community, and a summary of what you can see and do there today, you'll be inspired to pack your bags and head out for a visit!

Three Manitowoc County communities are featured in the book: Collins, Maribel, and Kellnersville.

About the Author:

Melinda Anne Roberts is a retired Master teacher, a former mentor teacher, and a professionally-trained presenter featured since the late-1990s at local, state, national, and international English as a Second Language conferences. She has re-enacted several times at Brown County cemetery walks, written numerous articles for local newsletters, has a monthly history column and is a regular contributor to The Press, and can present on a variety of Wisconsin history topics in addition to the remarkable stories discovered while researching and writing Little Wisconsin.

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