Preserving the past to educate the future

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HARRISTOWN, Ill. (WAND) - A one-room schoolhouse in Monticello made a big move to Harristown on Friday. 

The Dyghton School educated children for many years, and now Kathleen Jensen is planning to restore the school so she can educate more children about history.

Jensen is a fourth generation teacher, so she wants everyone to be educated on the history of teaching. "I've been collecting chairs, books and maps to put into a one-room school. Now, I got the opportunity to get it and move it here (Harristown)."

Gyspy Redmond was part of the last graduating eighth-grade class to attend the school. She went there for 8 years. Now, she's getting the opportunity to see it and tour it for the first time in 70 years.

"I can't tell you what it means to be back in this building. Like I said, for the better or for the worse it helped shape me (into) who I am today," she said. 

For Redmond, walking through the door of the one-room schoolhouse brought back some of her favorite childhood memories.

"When it was nice weather, girls played jacks and the boys played marbles. I wasn't very good at either," Redmond joked.

With the help of Jensen, Redmond will be able to relive her childhood memories again, and share the stories with others.

"I can tell you where the furnace was, I can tell you where the blackboard was, and where I put my lunch bucket," Redmond said as she walked through the school.

Jensen hopes to have the school up and open to the public by fall. She explains it's important for people to learn about the past.

"I think we can't know our future unless we know our past."  

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