Kids can travel back in time  at pioneer school sessions

Spencer Brook School is located in the unincorporated community of Spencer Brook, one of the first communities settled in Isanti County. The school was built in 1874 and is listed in the National Register of HIstoric Places.  

Isanti County Historical Society says it’s that time of year again   for the annual pioneer school sessions at historic Spencer Brook School, located between Bradford and Princeton.

This is a wonderful opportunity for school-age children to “travel back in time” and experience what school was like in rural Isanti County in the late 19th century. Classes immerse students in a one-room school setting complete with wood desks, period curriculum, dress and activities.

Classes will be offered from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in five-day sessions: Monday, June 24, through Friday, June 28, and again Monday, Aug. 12 through Friday, Aug. 16. 

A short program for families will be performed each Friday. 

Space is limited. The cost is $75 per student or $65 if a family member is a current member of the Isanti County Historical Society. 

Students are asked to dress in old-fashioned clothing with no logo shirts or dresses above the knee. Tennis shoes are fine as the children will be running and playing outside. Visit a local thrift shop to help dress students.

Students should bring two sharpened #2 pencils and their own lunch in an old pail or basket. Food items can be wrapped in wax paper and tied with string. Glass jars of water or juice are encouraged and can be wrapped in tin-foil to keep chilled. 

For information call 763-689-4229 or visit www.isanticountyhistory.org. Online registration is available at the website. 

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