The Holstein Heritage Foundation (HHF) is hosting an Open House at the Douglas Center School House on the Main Street of Holstein from 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. this Friday, October 9, as part of the Galva-Holstein school Homecoming Activities.
There will be tours of the school, and displays about the history of the town of Holstein, and members of the Holstein Chamber Of Commerce will also be serving free ice cream sundaes. There will also be HHF Information sheets for all visitors, and while in town, visitors can also enjoy the Galva-Holstein High School Homecoming parade prior to the Homecoming game that evening between the Buffalo Ridge Bison and the Cherokee Washington Braves. In the event of incelement weather, the Open House event will not be held.
The mission of the Holstein Heritage Foundation is to preserve the history and heritage of the 1884 Douglas Center School and display memorabilia and artifacts of the Holstein community. We shall involve as many people with their abilities and resources available in the Holstein area. The Douglas Center School Project was envisioned by the Holstein Chamber of Commerce prior to the year 2000. The Chamber had purchased all the oak display cases from the Sorensen Clothing store and placed them in storage for future use.
The Douglas Center School was donated to the Holstein Chamber of Commerce in the fall of 2000, with the stipulation they establish a site location and pay for the moving expenses. It was moved to tits current site on South Main Street in Holstein.
In December of 2000, the Holstein Heritage Foundation Inc. was established and in the spring of 2001, the HHF developed its major fund raiser. The old bricks from the former Holstein Elementary Building were salvaged and cleaned, and a plate with an etching of the elementary building was attached to each one and then sold. Other funds were received through private donations, memorial gifts, local civic organizations.
Work on the school began in 2001, and has continued each year, and the school was available to use as the Quas-qui Centennial Store during that recent Holstein celebration. The school will now be worked on as a Heritage Museum, including a display of a country school room.