Back to school has come a long way

Louise Oleson
Wamduska Square preserves the way it used to be to go to school.

Wamduska Square preserves the way it used to be

Today classrooms will be welcoming youngsters to tables, chairs and desks in classrooms equipped with Smart Boards, computers and iPads.

Some will be in schools that are carpeted and air conditioned buildings with rest rooms that have toilets that flush - but it wasn’t always that way.

Old timers are quick to admit that we have come a long way when it comes to education.

It’s not just the reading, writing and ‘rithmetic of the good old days.

Take a look back and remember how it used to be. The restored one-room schoolhouses at Wamduska Square preserves that history for residents who remember sitting in those wooden desks and benches. It gives today’s youth a chance to experience school the way it was in the early days of the state’s history, when Grandma and Grandpa were young.

School houses once were often one-room little buildings with a path to the out house. There weren’t separate classrooms for the different grades, everyone sat and learned together in the same room which was often warmed by a wood-burning or coal-burning stove.

Books and supplies were few, so they were shared and passed down from grade to grade, student to student. It’s all there to see, on display at Wamduska Square located 10 miles south of Lakota on highway 1. Visitors can tour inside by making arrangements with the caretakers Les Ferry 701-247-2297 or Janice Ferry at 701-798-2105.