Welcome to Iowa Public Television! If you are seeing this message, you are using a browser that does not support web standards. This site will look much better in a browser that supports web standards, but it is accessible to any browser or Internet device. Read more on our technical tips page.

Iowa Public Television

 
Iowa's One-Room Schoolhouses

Glance through the windows, walk in the doors and relive the charm of Iowa's one-room schoolhouses.

Over twelve thousand of these little structures once dotted Iowa's landscapes. Learn how they came into existence, who taught and attended classes there, how the schoolhouses faded into Iowa's history and the affect they had on communities throughout their lifetime.

Circumstances weren't always rosy. Conflicts like the 1965 Amish incident, the challenges teachers faced every day and the pains of consolidation are all part of the one-room schoolhouse era.

This documentary will provide a fascinating, emotional, informative and visual tour of those times. Tune in to hear fond memories from those who lived within walking distance of these bygone institutions and find out what they felt was so special about Iowa's one-room schoolhouses.

Watch Video

Iowa's One-Room Schoolhouses - Teachers

posted on February 23, 2009

Iowa's One-Room Schoolhouses - Teachers
Life for Iowa's early rural school teachers was highly moderated. Young women were not allowed to marry in some districts, creating some clever cover-ups. But they were proud of their jobs. 03:08 Play Video

Iowa's One-Room Schoolhouses Preview

posted on February 23, 2009

Iowa's One-Room Schoolhouses Preview
Relive the charm of Iowa’s one-room schoolhouses with this compelling documentary from Iowa Public Television. 00:30 Play Video

Iowa's One-Room Schoolhouses - Consolidation

posted on February 18, 2009

Iowa's One-Room Schoolhouses - Consolidation
Rural life in the early days of one-room schools was local. This tells the story of the widening of our perceptions with the coming of better transportation. 04:30 Play Video

Browse all videos from this program »


News About This Documentary

Share Your Iowa Story

Did you or a family member attend a one-room school in Iowa? Is there still a one-room school building in your community? Share your Iowa story.

comments powered by Disqus

Comment Policy

Iowa Public Television encourages conversation and debate around issues, events and ideas related to program topics.

  • The editorial staff of Iowa Public Television reserves the right to take down comments it deems inappropriate.
  • Profanity, personal attacks, off-topic posts, advertisements and spam will not be tolerated.

Find out more about IPTV.org's privacy policy and terms of use.