Wabasha County Historical Society is celebrating 150 years of the Italianate style Reads Landing School (1870-2020). It is the oldest brick schoolhouse in Minnesota, built in 1870, listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
As the population of Reads Landing grew, the Village Council saw the need to replace the white frame, one-room school. The Village Council raised $8,200 in bonds to fund the new school. The site of the new school was chosen as an “ideal” location on a plateau overlooking the Mississippi and Chippewa rivers.
In 1877, the Wabasha County Herald reported 155 students attended the school.
May 22-23, 2021, marks opening weekend with free admissions and donations accepted. The Wabasha County Historical Society is presenting visitors this season with a commemorative coin of the school while supplies last.
New this season is a trivia challenge. Visitors can take their time touring the School Museum and the Agricultural Building. When they are ready, they acquire a questionnaire. They have 20 minutes to fill out the questionnaire. Participants that are 90-100-percent correct receive a family membership. Participants 80-90-percent correct receive an individual membership. If the participant is already a member, their membership will be continues to the next year.
Another new activity this season is the Reads Landing School Coloring Contest. It is divided into four age categories. Judging will be Oct. 8, 2021. The winner of each category will receive a family membership.
The museum will be open Saturdays and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Masks are required and social distancing practiced.
Visit the website, www.wabashacountyhistory.org. Like Wabasha County Historical Society on Facebook.