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School Tour!

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Sauk Centre, MN. Image by RCompass all rights reserved.

Sauk Centre, MN. Image by RCompass all rights reserved.

This past weekend I stumble upon an open house tour of a beautifully staged one-room schoolhouse.

These historic buildings are a piece of  American history, signifying early settlements in rural communities across the United States. Before the construction of a more modern school building and the convenience of being driven to school in large orange buses. Children would walk or ride horse (sleigh and buggy) to a small schoolhouse that consisted of a singular room where multiple grades were taught by one teacher.

Many of these structures have been lost over the last century; burned, left to decay, torn down, salvaged for parts and even re-purposed as single family homes. However, some have been saved for special events, school field trips, history day classes and community museums-open to the public like the one my son and I visited in Sauk Centre, MN. We would like to thank the kind retired school teacher who talked about her years as a teacher and shared her story with us.

If you are interested in learning more about these iconic structures, the One-Room Schoolhouse Center website was created in 1998 and provides a host of information about early education in the United States. Tip: Click on the “Villages/Museum” link to find a site near you.

Shoolhouse Interior. Image by RCompass all rights reserved.

Shoolhouse Interior. Image by RCompass all rights reserved.

Shoolhouse Interior. Image by RCompass all rights reserved.

Shoolhouse Interior. Image by RCompass all rights reserved.

Bucket List Expeditions?

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Bucket. Image by mil8. Retrieved from FlickR and used under Creative Commons Licensing.

Bucket. Image by mil8. Retrieved from FlickR and used under Creative Commons Licensing.

The phase “bucket list” has become a part of pop-culture. It refers to a list of life-time, desired achievements.  Over the last few years, the idea of creating a personal “bucket list” has become a growing trend. And, of course, often travel is at the epicenter.  If you are in the process of creating a list,  click here to include a Tour(s) of a Lifetime. Complied by National Geographic, it includes a list of 50 of the best guided expeditions in the world.

TIP: For additional ideas, consider perusing the BucketList.org for popular list items or recently completed tasks (upper right corner). If you choose to become a member (at no cost) you can compile, track and share your list with friends, family and other task masters.