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Early Schools of Northern Wabash NM Historical Society


The North Manchester Historical Society is presenting a program by Juanita Rapp on early schools of Northern Wabash County on Monday, August 12.  Rapp became interested in this subject when she was part of an eight-member committee of the Wabash County Retired Teachers who conducted research that resulted in the book One Room Schools in Wabash County.  The book was published in 2004 and again in 2010. 


Rapp taught elementary and gifted education for 21 years and private music lessons for a number of years.  During her retirement she has continued life-long learning in local history, and has presented first-person accounts of notable women in history.  She presented a program on Gene Stratton Porter to the Historical Society in 2004 which was very well received.

The program will be held in the Assembly Room of Timbercrest Senior Living Community, 2201 East Street, at 6:40 p.m.  There is no cost for the program, which is free to the public.  All are welcome.  While many attend only the program, the public is also invited to come to the Assembly Room at 6 p.m. for a meal prior to the presentation.  For those who wish to attend the dinner, reservations must be made no later than noon on Friday, August 9.  The cost of the meal is $8.50.  Reservations may be made by calling Mary at 260-982-1813, Evelyn at 260-982-6777, or the Center for History at 260-982-0672.