Posts Tagged ‘westport’

Rainy days call for indoor activities like the schoolhouse

Photo of the interior of a country school

While I was taking a shift at the Westport Schoolhouse yesterday in Kenue Park, two families with young children came in. “OK, you be the teacher,” the kids said to their dad. “Good morning class,” the dad started. “Today is Tuesday, Aug. 15. We’re going to learn how many days each month has.” And class…

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The legacy of Wilder, Spohn and Holroyd

Photo of interior of country school

C. H. Wilder. Clara Holroyd. Eva Spohn. Each day, they woke up, ate a hearty breakfast and walked to the little white schoolhouse in the center of Westport Township in the southwest corner of Dickinson County. With the light of day still young, they started a fire in the potbelly stove to warm the cold…

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Westport Schoolhouse and Pollinator Paradise open June 13

Photo of interior of country school

Beautiful script shows the names of students enrolled at Westport No. 5, and rows of Xs represent when they attended class. One’s mind wanders at the dates that don’t have an X. What were the kids doing that day? Were they sick? Did they have to stay home and help with harvest? Was Mom ill…

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Westport Schoolhouse and Pollinator Paradise open June 9

Photo of the teacher's desk and blackboard at the Westport School

Take a step into history and into paradise in Kenue Park starting Tuesday, June 9. The Westport Schoolhouse and Pollinator Paradise in Okoboji’s Kenue Park, also home to the Dickinson County Nature Center, will both open for the season 10 a.m. June 9. Visitors to the Westport Schoolhouse will journey back in time to the…

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