School days: Museum showcases where our ancestors learned readin’, writin’, ‘rithmetic

The former Kingsbury School building, which was razed to make way for a more modern structure. (Photo provided)

The LaPorte County Historical Society Museum is unveiling a new, permanent display on the lower level of the museum, showcasing schools in LaPorte County; some still in existence, some gone but not forgotten.

By 1875, the county had hired 202 teachers. In 1914, this number had increased to 309, with 120 schoolhouses in the county, including 9 high schools. The county boasted 12 public high schools in 1935, not including LaPorte and Michigan City.

Although brick buildings predominated in the structures, with frame construction second, there were still five log schoolhouses in Indiana in 1911.

The museum is located at 2405 Indiana Ave. at the south entrance to LaPorte. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 AM to 4:30 PM. Visit www.laportecountyhistory.org or email info@laportecountyhistory.org for admission prices and further information. The museum is handicapped accessible.

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