A Prairie School: Then and Now

Bean School

On March 11, student investigators from Chapman Center spent time at the old Bean School, District #3 in Wabaunsee County. Using historic images and several plat maps, they reconstructed the school landscape as it would have looked around 1890.

The remains of the historic Bean School after a devastating fire, which occurred just before the school was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. SOURCE: Schendt, Jamie. District School #3: Alma, KS (1893-1925): A Case Study of Integrated Schooling. K-REx, K-State Research Exchange, Department of History, Chapman Center for Rural Studies. Kansas State University, KS. 2010. http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/4176

The remains of the historic Bean School after a devastating fire, which occurred just before the school was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places. SOURCE: Schendt, Jamie. District School #3: Alma, KS (1893-1925): A Case Study of Integrated Schooling. K-REx, K-State Research Exchange, Department of History, Chapman Center for Rural Studies. Kansas State University, KS. 2010. http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/4176

Although partially consumed in a tragic fire just as it was about to be nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, this old limestone school still has a story to tell.

Dist. No. 3 is barely visible on this crumbling entryway to the school. Though it's known as Bean School, the official name was actually Dist. No. 3. SOURCE: Schendt, Jamie. District #3: Alma, KS (1893-1925): A Case Study of Integrated Schooling. K-REx, K-State Research Exchange, Department of History, Chapman Center for Rural Studies. Kansas State University, KS. 2010. http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/4176

Dist. No. 3 is barely visible on this crumbling entryway to the school. Though it’s known as Bean School, the official name was actually Dist. No. 3. SOURCE: Schendt, Jamie. District #3: Alma, KS (1893-1925): A Case Study of Integrated Schooling. K-REx, K-State Research Exchange, Department of History, Chapman Center for Rural Studies. Kansas State University, KS. 2010. http://krex.k-state.edu/dspace/handle/2097/4176

The principal investigators of a vanished Flint Hills landscape, shown left to right: Will Lienberger, junior, Agriculture; Blake Hall-Latchman, sophomore, History; Michael Spachek, freshman, Fisheries, Wildlife, and Conservation; Sam Felts, senior, History; and Tanner Foster, junior, Secondary Education.

Students gather around the old school house.

Students gather around the old school house.

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