MEREDITH — For many of us September marks the real beginning of a new year as children and teachers return to the classroom. On September 2 at 7 p.m. learn what school life was like in New Hampshire's rural one-room schoolhouses a century ago. Steve Taylor will speak at the Meredith Historical Society on the romance and realities of school life in a small town.
How were teachers recruited? How were they paid? Who determined the curriculum or maintained the school building? How involved were the towns or citizens in decision-making? Was it really so much simpler than today and the time of "Dear Old Golden Rule Days"?
Steve Taylor's life has been spent as a scholar, farmer, journalist and public official. He lives in Meriden, NH where he operates a dairy and maple farm. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor, and for 25 years served the state as Commissioner of Agriculture. He has been a lifelong student of the state's rural culture and was the first Executive Director of the NH Humanities Council.
This program is free and the public is welcome. The Meredith Historical Society and the Meredith Public Library are pleased to co-host this program at the Historical Society building, 45 Main St. The presentation is presented through a grant from the NH Humanities Council. Refreshments will be served. For more information call 279-2275.