Ephraim Pioneer Schoolhouse Holding Mock Classes In July

The Ephraim Historical Foundation is holding “Schoolroom Lessons” at the Pioneer Schoolhouse on Tuesdays at 11 am in July. Much like the students from the Pioneer Schoolhouse’s past, students are advised to arrive promptly.

Karen Sohns Ekberg has a long history with the Pioneer Schoolhouse in Ephraim. Her mother, Helen Sohns, was one of the schoolteachers who taught first through eighth grades in the one-room school. Built in the 1880s, the Pioneer Schoolhouse operated until 1948, when a new school (now the Village Administrative Office) was built in Ephraim. Helen was also instrumental in the formation of the Ephraim Historical Foundation, formed in 1949 to preserve the Pioneer Schoolhouse.

Over its 60-plus years in operation, hundreds of schoolchildren attended the Pioneer Schoolhouse, including a young Karen Sohns. Her memories of the school would prove invaluable when, decades later, Karen returned to the Pioneer Schoolhouse as a museum docent.

While the building no longer functions as a school, the tradition of education continues with a summer program called Schoolroom Lessons. During the free, 30-minute program, visitors experience class in a one-room schoolhouse as it was in the 1920s and 1930s, with lessons like arithmetic, citizenship and penmanship.

The Pioneer Schoolhouse is located at 9988 Moravia St. in Ephraim. For more information, contact Emily Irwin at [email protected] or 920.854.9688.

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