School Days

Fran Riley Feature

DAVENPORT, Iowa (KWQC) — Reading, writing, and arithmetic. You’ll find samples of all three at the Davenport School Museum.

The museum is located in the district administration building on Brady Street. It’s chalk full of unique items which trace the history of Davenport Schools. There are thousands of items on display. Most have been donated.

Rows of desks, penmanship books sent to the 1876 World’s Fair, even bricks from the smokestack recently torn down at Central High School.

Volunteer Jim Schebler points out that Phebe Sudlow was the first female school superintendent in the United States. Memories of one room country schools are also on display. A Slopertown District Eight country school sign.

Next year, the museum moves from its present location to the J. B. Young school building. Schebler says it is important to display the school history of this area.

The Davenport School Museum is free to the public. You can call the school district to schedule a visit.

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