Where Past Meets Present

Frances Willard Schoolhouse

Teachers Needed For The Frances Willard School’s Final Season at Fairgrounds

JANESVILLE, WI— The school bell is ringing, and it is time once again to welcome students from all over Rock County to the historic Frances Willard School House. Nathan Fuller, the Education Curator at the Rock County Historical Society(RCHS), is excited for another season of teaching third graders about what school was like for children in the 19th century.

“All we need is you!” says Fuller.  “We are looking for volunteers who have experience working with children, and who enjoy working with students.  We provide the program, activities and the materials.”

RCHS is looking for volunteers in the month of May to help run this educational program for school groups.  Shifts are two hours long, with one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  Anyone interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact Amanda Strobel Wise, the Volunteer and Internship Program Manager.  (608-756-4509 x313).

After this season, the Frances Willard School will return to the RCHS campus in the Look West neighborhood.  “The school house was originally located where the Cedarcrest Nursing home is now,” said Fuller, “and it was moved to RCHS in 1970.  Later, in 1972, it was moved to the fair grounds to keep the building more secure.  As we grow our programs and have more school tours on campus, it only makes sense to bring the school house back.  Join us as we welcome this historic landmark back to RCHS!”

For more information about the other exciting changes coming to RCHS, please come to our History Maker’s Gala on 12 March, or visit our website for more information.