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Contact: Lucy Townsend, Blackwell History of Education Museum
(815) 753-1236

November 21, 2007

Blackwell Museum to honor three local educators

DeKalb — Northern Illinois University’s Blackwell History of Education will recognize three educators – Jennifer Wahlers, Donald Wahling and John Wredling – during its annual “Honoring Teachers” ceremony and reception.

The reception takes place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Blackwell Museum in the Learning Center of Gabel Hall. Letters describing the positive influence of each educator will be read to the audience.

As part of the festivities, the art exhibition “Country School Memories” will feature the water/marker/crayon artwork of 90 children in kindergarten, first and second grades. Wahlers, who teaches 25 different art classes each week in District 158, will discuss the project, which not only included artistic techniques but also the value of historical buildings like one-room schools.

“The country school is an important symbol of Illinois history,” said Lucy Townsend, curator of the museum. “At one time, Illinois children were attending over 10,000 of these schoolhouses; and many still function as museums, storage facilities and homes.”

The public is invited to the “Honoring Teachers” event. Free parking is available in a large lot directly north of Gabel Hall.

For more information, call (815) 753-1236 or e-mail

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