125th Birth­day Party to cel­e­brate 1892 School Build­ing

Party on Sept. 16 to include birth­day cake, stu­dent per­for­mances, tours of build­ing

The Kutztown Area Patriot - - FRONT PAGE - By Craig Koller Kutz­town Area His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety

The Kutz­town Area His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is throw­ing a 125th birth­day party for its 1892 Pub­lic School Build­ing on Satur­day, Sept. 16. The party starts at noon and ends at 4 p.m.

Stu­dents from Kutz­town Area High School are a large part of the cel­e­bra­tion. There will be in­stru­men­tal and vo­cal per­for­mances by the high school mu­sic de­part­ment. Stu­dents are also act­ing as do­cents, pro­vid­ing guided tours of the so­ci­ety’s mu­seum, which is housed in the 1892 Pub­lic School Build­ing.

“It’s a great way to teach our high school stu­dents about Kutz­town’s his­tory,” says so­ci­ety pres­i­dent Sheila Ful­ton. “It also gives them some­thing fun to do. I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to their en­thu­si­asm.”

The so­ci­ety’s model train dis­play will also run dur­ing the cel­e­bra­tion.

Bi­cen­ten­nial Park, the so­ci­ety’s gar­den, will host the mu­si­cal per­form­ers (weather per­mit­ting). Its new­est fea­ture, the memo­rial walk­way, is a high­light. Vis­i­tors will have the op­por­tu­nity to pur­chase en­graved bricks to add to the al­ready in­stalled bricks in the walk­way. Free hot dogs and birth­day cake will be avail­able to all, as long as sup­plies last. Some chairs will be avail­able out­side, but all are en­cour­aged to bring their own chair to sit among the trees and en­joy the mu­sic.

Con­struc­tion of the build­ing be­gan in July 1892, and was com­pleted over a year later (at a cost of $17,600) with the first classes held in the fall of 1893. An elab­o­rate ded­i­ca­tion cer­e­mony was held on

Satur­day, Oct. 1, 1893. The teach­ers for the first year of classes were Alice Hot­ten­stein (gram­mar), Laura Gross (in­ter­me­di­ate), Rosa Christ (sec­ondary), and An­nie Stein (pri­mary). Their salaries ranged from $25 to $45 a month. The build­ing was last used as a school on June 7, 1977. Den­nis Boyer and John Tomi­nosky, two of the teach­ers in the build­ing on June 7, com­mem­o­rated the date by sign­ing and dat­ing their au­to­graphs in the bell tower. The his­tor­i­cal so­ci­ety pur­chased the build­ing in 1979.

Sched­ule of events:

Noon – 4 p.m.: Tours of the build­ing with KAHS stu­dents, in­clud­ing the train dis­play 12:15 p.m.: Free hot dogs and bot­tled wa­ter (while they last) 12:30p.m.: In­stru­men­tal per­for­mance by KAHS band mem­bers 1:30p.m.: Birth­day cake! 3:15p.m.: Vo­cal per­for­mance by KAHS choir mem­bers

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The Kutz­town Area His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety is throw­ing a 125th birth­day party for its 1892 Pub­lic School Build­ing on Satur­day, Sept. 16.

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