Willow City School to host house house, program on Saturday

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The historic two-story former rural Willow City School will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 16, in association with the Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools Open House tour schedule.  

The former school is located at 2501 Ranch Road 1323 in Willow City.  

 Beginning at 10 a.m., JP Tree Care Specialists business-owner James Perez will demonstrate how to properly plant a native tree. Perez and the Fredericksburg Chapter of the Native Plant Society of Texas are donating two redbuds for a beautification project at the driveway entrance of the school property.  

 A hands-on flower pressing and Texas wildflower identification activities begin at 11 a.m.  A limited number of flowers will be available to press or participants are encouraged to bring one along.

Library books and native plant posters will be on display and usable for flower/ plant identification.  

Steve Sanchez of Complete Woodworks cut the lumber and Ron Woellhof assembled the German-style flower presses to use.  

Early country school science class studies included flowers and plants and students made a flower album or herbarium using pressed flowers.  Students drew the flowers, labeled the parts and wrote a brief paragraph of facts about each flower or plant.  

Saturday’s visitors may view an original student botany/biology notebook made by former Gillespie County student, Kermit Clarence Striegler, circa 1924.   

Visitors can tour the historical school built in 1905 and learn from docents (community residents and former Willow City School students) about the school’s history.   

The public is encouraged to visit, and there is no admission fee to visit and tour the school and premises.  The building and school grounds have served the community for educating the young people, for holding business meetings, social gatherings and community events.  

Supporters continue to make improvements and work toward preservation of the former country school buildings that still are in existence for community use.  

Willow City School/Community Club, member of Friends of Gillespie County Country Schools, a 501c3 non-profit organization is committed to: “Preserving the Past to Enrich the Future”.  Learn more at  www.historicschools.org   and visit them on Facebook.  

Historical information about the old Willow City School can be found online at:   http://www.historicschools.org/willow-cityschool.html.