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Curtain comes home to Goessel

Staff writer

An original canvas curtain that formerly hung in a historic one-room school that has since been relocated to Mennonite Heritage and Agricultural Museum in Goessel will be on display in the school at 2 p.m. Sunday.

A welcome sign and business names are stenciled on it in vibrant colors.

Museum director Fern Bartel has invited former students and others who attended other country schools to come together to view the curtain and share stories. Refreshments will be served.

The curtain recently was donated to the museum by Art Kriebins of Newton, who purchased it in 1954, when South Bloomfield School closed and the building and contents were auctioned.

The one-room country school, originally located two miles west of Goessel, was sold for storage after it closed, and was moved to the museum site in 1983.

“We don’t know how the curtain was hung,” Bartel said. “We will figure out how to hang it for the reunion.”

It will be rolled up afterward or kept elsewhere to protect it from damaging light.

Last modified Aug. 3, 2017

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