Pictured above are residents for Cherokee Villa Nursing and Rehab Center who visited the Lily of the Valley Schoolhouse recently. The one-room schoolhouse will be hosting an open house on Oct. 12 and invites the community to tour the recently renovated school from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Cherokee County Retired School Personnel (CCRSP) will be hosting an open house at the Lily of the Valley School house on Sunday October 12.
Everyone is invited to come and tour the school and have refreshments from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. They will be serving cookies, old-fashioned lemonade and hot apple cider.
The school is located on the campus of Northwest AEA on the Iowa Hwy. 3 bypass, on the Northeast side of Cherokee.
Learning about the past -
Third graders from River Valley recently spent some time at the Lily of the Valley School. Photo contributed
This occasion marks the completion of a summer of hard work by many volunteers. The goal of the CCRSP was to preserve the one-room schoolhouse and showcase Iowa's rich educational heritage.
The school received a grant for paint from the Keep Iowa Beautiful Foundation and CCRSP used this grant money to purchase 35 gallons of paint The grant, however, did not cover the cost of the actual painting, and
that's when the volunteers stepped up. The school was cleaned from top to bottom in preparation for painting the inside. The Mill Creek Valley 4-H group from Larrabee painted the outhouse and also helped move things out and back in during the painting. Dick Kelly of Larrabee helped with repairing the siding and shingling the outhouse, Dick Point and Neil Phipps painted the outside of the school and Kyle Pingrey and Phil Kindwall of the Cherokee Masonic Temple stained the deck outside the school.
Learning about Lily of the Valley
The Church of Christ women's group attended the Lily of the Valley School on Sept. 18 for a tour of the classic one-room schoolhouse. Photo contributed
All the hard work started to pay off in September. On Sept. 8, third-graders from River Valley attended the school and learned what it was like for earlier generations. Speaking of an earlier generation, residents of the Cherokee Villa Nursing Home went 'back to school' on Sept. 9, and residents shared their memories of a simpler time and also enjoyed a sack lunch on picnic tables donated by RJ Thomas Mfg. Company of Cherokee. On Sept. 18, the Church of Christ women's group attended the school.
These are just some of the many types of groups and organizations that the CCRSP tries to incorporate with the use of the school.
The schoolhouse was originally in Woodbury County and came to Cherokee by way of Correctionville's Copeland Park, where flood waters had threatened it. The Bell in the bell tower is from a Cherokee County School.
Volunteering their time -
Kyle Pingrey and Phil Kindwall of the Cherokee Mason's group volunteered their time and expertise to stain the handicap assessable deck at the Lily of the Valley Schoolhouse earlier this year. Photo contributed
The building is estimated to be have been built between 1890 and 1902, and was brought to Cherokee through the efforts of Bruce Hopkins of the AEA. Many members of the community took part in the school restoration. More than a museum, the Lily of the Valley School House is living history for all to enjoy, right here in Cherokee.
A new look for Lilly of the Valley School
The Lilly of the Valley Schoolhouse received a fresh new look earlier this year, thanks to many volunteers and a grant from the Keep Iowa Beautiful Foundation.
The School is located on the campus of Northwest AEA. on the Iowa Hwy. 3 bypass on the Northeast side of Cherokee. Photo by Mike Leckband