- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

MUNCIE, Ind. (AP) - Local fourth-graders have been experiencing a piece of Indiana’s history at the restored 1900s Corinth School for years. But keeping costs low for students, just $2 each, leaves little money to cover utilities.

While the one-room building, built in 1875, didn’t use utilities back in the day, modern state code requires heat and electricity, said Robert Kellems, a member of The Friends of Corinth School. The nonprofit is looking for more donations, and holding an open house later this month.

He said they will do everything they can to keep the building open, but money is a concern.

Corinth is the last one-room schoolhouse left in Delaware County, Kellems said. It was restored and has welcomed modern-day classes on field trips since 2001.

On May 11, students arrived in 1900s-style clothing. Girls wore bonnets and long skirts; boys wore suspenders. They did math and history lessons on slates with chalk. Ruth Swetnam, the school marm, explained that she wasn’t allowed to be a teacher and be married, and that the male teacher down the street made 20 cents more than her.

“We stay in the 1900s all day,” Swetnam said. “The children really enjoy this field trip because they don’t have any concept of what school was like when all the grades, 1 through 6, were in the same classroom

Perhaps the most baffling part to students was the outdoor bathroom. The school has an outhouse with no modern plumbing, although the toilets do have seats in order to meet state code.

A few agreed the best part was learning to write with dip pens, although the ink did get messy.

“This is all part of the Indiana history that they are learning in the fourth grade,” Swetnam said. “They can relate what they are reading in the books to their actual experiences.”


Source: The (Muncie) Star Press, https://tspne.ws/1OypaNa


Information from: The Star Press, https://www.thestarpress.com

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