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Freedom Historical Society Presents “New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality” on Wednesday, August 17 at 7 PM

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Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children. Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issues were financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education. Other concerns included teacher preparation and quality, curriculum, discipline, student achievement and community involvement in the educational process. Steve Taylor explores the lasting legacies of the one-room school and how they echo today.

Steve Taylor is an independent scholar, farmer, journalist and longtime public official. With his sons, Taylor operates a cattle, maple syrup, and cheese-making enterprise in Meriden Village. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor, and served for 25 years as NH’s Commissioner of Agriculture. Taylor was the founding executive director of the NH Humanities Council and is a lifelong student of the state’s rural culture.

This fascinating program is made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities and is free and open to the public. The Freedom Historical Society is pleased to present this program online via Zoom. Members of FHS and the public are are invited to register in advance to receive access information. Please join the Zoom meeting prior to the 7 PM start time. For additional information, call 603-491-8347.


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