Title: From Then 'till Now, 1879-2015 , Schooling in Newberg, Oregon
Author: Barbara Doyle
Event: Book release, signing and reading, along with 80th Birthday Party for Central School, aka Chehahlem Cultural Center.
Location: Chehalem Cultural Center, aka Central School, 415 E Sheridan, Newberg, OR 97132
This book merges parallel stories about the development of elementary schooling and the building in which it took place. The setting is Newberg, Oregon – a small community in the northwestern part of the state. The story begins before there was a building, then moves thru one hundred and sixteen years, incorporating student and teacher memories, as the building and educational philosophy and its tools expanded. Ownership of the building also changed – but the purpose did not. A heavy dose of fresh ideas, energy and money converted the old well-loved school building into a vibrant, successful cultural center that involves schooling based upon lots of active participation for a wide range of interests and ages.