A Summer of Celebrations and Gatherings

The Garcia Little Red Schoolhouse turned 100 years old this year, and in April the WCO celebrated with a birthday party for the community and former students. The day opened with speeches by Mayor Ron Badowski and School Superintendent Archie Hamm. The High School band played under the baton of Tim Johnson; Vicky Sweeney directed the High School Choir; and the drama students of Mark Modzelewski presented an original play. The Close Harmony quartet serenaded; the Community Chorus filled the rafters with song; Susan and Elisabeth Fowler played hoedown as well as classical music; and, the Bedazzled Dancers dazzled us all!

The Museum brought a vintage display; Darrel Singleton provided buggy rides; and Alicia Quesada collected names of former students. There were bake sales, a quilt show, and an ice cream social.

The capstone event of the day was an Oral History presentation by people who had been students in the Schoolhouse. Students from as far back as 1924 and 1925 were present to share their stories of early education in Wickenburg and the Garcia Little Red Schoolhouse. The Oral History Project, done in partnership with the Arizona Humanities Council, included collecting stories from former students and creating a display of photographs. These items, and many class books and yearbooks, are now on display for all to enjoy.

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