Ex-students of historic school to welcome visitors Sept. 30

Photo courtesy of Denmark Township Historical Society
Former Denmark Township School students Richard Hullander, left, and Carroll Fuhr join historical society members Oliver Van Alstine,back left, and Lauren Cran during a recent event at the school. Hullander and Fuhr will talk about their days as students at hte one-room school Sept. 30.

DENMARK TOWNSHIP — Former students at the historic Valley School in Denmark Township will greet guests at a special “School Daze” event Sept. 30 organized by the Denmark Township Historical Society.

Richard Hullander will be joined by Carroll Fuhr and Gordon Whitaker from 1 to 3 p.m. at the one-room school to share stories about facility built in 1852 and still on its original site at 13728 St. Croix Trail South at the southern tip of Washington County.

Teacher Darlene Hallberg will also be present, along with Wayne Boyd, who will explain the significance of the school and the village of Point Douglas. The school closed in 1946 when schools were consolidated and students began attending school in Hastings.

Guests can park at nearby Carpenter Nature Center, 12805 St. Trail South, and ride a school bus to visit the Valley School. Activities at Carpenter include horse-drawn wagon rides in by Gordy Herman, a song fest of old songs led by Bill Kruschel, a power-point presentation about the ghost town of Point Douglas and refreshments, including apples donated by Denmark orchards.

At 3 p.m. guests will gather at Carpenter’s new Pavilion for a short program led by former student Richard Hullander. At 3:30 p.m. Lyla Davies holds a drawing for raffle prizes. Tickets will be available at the event.

Anyone interested in helping to restore the school is invited to attend. Let the society know you are coming by e-mailing Valda and Oliver Van Alstine at valdavan@msn.com or calling Mavis and Bob Voigt at 612-823-4934.

The Denmark Township Historical Society organized the “School Daze” event to thank donors for helping save the Valley School and give supporters and interested people a chance to see the schoolhouse.

The Society became the owners of the school May 1 when they made the first payment of $40,000, made possible by generous donors in the community. Now they are in Phase II with the goal of raising another $40,000 to complete the purchase. At the same time, Society members are working on nominating the school to the National Register of Historic Places and funding a historic structures report to ensure that the building is restored properly.

Located at the confluence of the St. Croix and Mississippi rivers, the historic school is a survivor in what once was the thriving village of Point Douglas.

For more information about the SOS: Save Our School project, contact Boyd and campaign co-chair Jean Boyd at jeanmboyd@msn.com 651-436-8031; or co-chair Sharon Lewandowski at lewan009@umn.edu 651-436-5664.

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