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Country School Legacy
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The objective of the Country School Legacy project was to secure and preserve the historical significance of rural schools in eight states: Kansas, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. Funded by a National Endowment of the Humanities grant and sponsored by the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA), Andrew Gulliford directed the eighteen month grant during 1980-1981. Each state provided a team of researchers to collect oral histories, photographs, maps artifacts and other materials. Their findings culminated in a series of seminars, a traveling exhibit, research manuscripts and archival collections. South Dakota was represented by three researchers: Herb Blakely, Philip L. Brown, and Caroline Hatton. Mr. Blakely surveyed the southeast; Mr. Brown explored the northeast; and, Mrs. Hatton researched western South Dakota.