Cunningham School (formerly Heritage School) was originally the Cunningham One-room Schoolhouse in Saunders County. It has been restored as an authentic reproduction of a one-room prairie school. Students in Lincoln Public Schools first attended classes in the schoolhouse in 1976 when the building was located just inside the entrance of the former Nebraska State Fairgrounds in Lincoln. The restoration of the schoolhouse was part of the bicentennial project called Heritage Village. In 2009, the schoolhouse moved to its current location at Pioneers Park.
Students experience what a day was like in a one-room schoolhouse in 1892. During this “role play,” students participate in songs, stories, and other activities that are authentic to the time period.
Students bring a lunch that is similar to what children might have eaten on the prairie in 1892. Each social studies class has discussed Native American and pioneer foods.
Students often dress in the style of clothing worn in the late 1800s. Girls may wear a long skirt or a dress, apron, and a sunbonnet or hat. Boys may wear bib overalls, jeans and suspenders, flannel, plaid, or checked shirts, and hats of the period.
Students whose family heritage reflects clothing different from what might have been worn on the plains by European settlers in the 1800s are invited to dress in a manner reflecting their heritage, if they choose.
Each LPS 4th grader has the opportunity to experience Cunningham School. Teachers, please visit your LibGuide to access information about Cunningham School, including a lesson plan and schedule for the current school year.