Community pride runs deep in Huntington Township, a quaint town of fewer than 2,000 residents. In order to preserve the history of its town, the Huntington Historical Society skillfully renovated a one-room schoolhouse that dates back to the mid-19th century.
The original schoolhouse was built in the 1860s. During that time, the building accommodated first through eighth grades in its modest, single classroom. As part of its restoration, the building had to be partially refurbished. New flooring, interior walls and woodwork were carefully incorporated into the existing structure, so each detail matched the original craftsmanship and style of the building.
In all, the renovation totaled nearly $40,000, but Ernie Hartman, president of the Huntington Historical Society, says the number of service hours that members of the community gave was invaluable. “The community really came together to see that this project was completed.”
Many period artifacts can be viewed in the school and in the museum located next door. Items include a slate blackboard, teacher’s platform and a Monroe’s reading chart that dates back to the 1800s.
“Our hope is that teachers will bring their class for a one-day experience to learn how their ancestors were taught,” says Hartman. In doing so, they can help carry on the society’s motto: “Today’s events are tomorrow’s history.”
Hartman says he hopes preserving bits of our past, no matter how small, will inspire future generations to appreciate the history and ultimately continue the cycle of preserving the past. “We should all try to give something back to our community so that our history isn’t lost for future generations,” he says.
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