Preservation Timeline

Insulation Installation

December 20, 2017

Chalkboard Donation

December 16, 2017


Parking Lot Construction

December 1, 2017

Structural Support Added for Coved Ceiling

October 11, 2017

Midwest Country School Conference Bus Tour

October 15, 2016

Stone Veneer added to the Block Foundation

October, 2016

Ringing the Bell

September 6, 2016

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Bell Tower Installation

September 6, 2016

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Bell Tower Construction

August, 2016

Rehabbing the Original North Siding

August, 2016

Rehabbing the West Siding

July, 2016

Building the Bell Tower Roof

June, 2016

Engineering of Bell Tower & Supports

April, 2016

Gutters Installed

December, 2015

Cedar Shingles Installed and Priming Window Frames

Late September, 2014

Fascia Board & Molding Ready for Installation

Ben Taylor picks up primed and painted fascia board and rake mouldings from Sharon Andresen’s garage to deliver to the schoolhouse.


Reunion Between Teacher and Student

Summer, 2014

Forest Grove teacher, Jane Butcher (1956-57) and her student, Mary (VenHorst) Stimpson, meet inside Forest Grove School #5 for a happy reunion after many, many years.

Summer, 2014

Replica Windows Ordered, Interior Scaffolding Goes Up

April, 2014

Trivia Night

April, 2014

Footings for Bell Tower and Basement floor Poured

April, 2014

Bell Tower Drawings

Doug Steinmetz, Principal Architect at Douglas J. Steinmetz Architect in Cedar Rapids has graciously donated his talents to draw this rendering of the bell tower for Forest Grove School.

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Forest Grove School Preservation bell tower drawing.


National Register of Historic Places

Forest Grove School No. 5 was added to the National Register of Historic Places in October, 2013  Read more . . .

Floor Joist repaired

August, 2013

Pouring  Footings and Laying the Foundation

October, 2012

Thank you to Ken and Ron Hoffman of Hoffman Construction and Jack Stoffers & Sons for building the new foundation for Forest Grove #5!  Your generosity of time, expertise, and materials is sincerely appreciated!

Fall, 2012

Today marked the beginning of the historic rehabilitation of Forest Grove School. Goodwin Movers arrived this morning to begin lifting and stabilizing Forest Grove #5. This is the day we’ve been working for! Thank you to our donors and volunteers who are making this possible!

“Country School: One Room – One Nation” Screening

September, 2012

Car Wash Fundraiser

September, 2012

Before Preservation Began

Summer, 2012

Hiring an Historical Architect

March, 2012

Doug Steinmetz

Alumni Reunion

March, 2012


Preserving a Scott County Treasure