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  • Gloria Hawkins
    Welcome to our group--hope we will see you in NJ in June at the conference. Gloria Hawkins ... From: lmfbecker To: oneroom@yahoogroups.com
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      Welcome to our group--hope we will see you in NJ in June at the conference.


      Gloria Hawkins



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      From: lmfbecker <lisamfb@...>
      To: oneroom@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tue, Apr 5, 2011 12:11 pm
      Subject: [oneroom] Introduction: Sydenstricker Schoolhouse





      Hello -

      I just joined the group (and am THRILLED to have found you), so I'd like to introduce myself, and "my" Schoolhouse.

      I am the Vice President of the Upper Pohick Community League that owns the Sydenstricker Schoolhouse (one-room) in Springfield, VA. Here's some information about our building:

      - The first schoolhouse on the site was known as the Pohick School, and was built sometime prior to 1905. It burned down in 1928, and was rebuilt.

      - The schoolhouse closed in June 1939. It was the last operating one-room schoolhouse in Fairfax County. It is also the best surviving example of a one-room schoolhouse on its original site, and in original condition in the county (or so we are told).

      - In August 1943 the building became home to the Red Cross Sydenstricker Surgical Dressing Unit, for the purpose of making bandages for the war. By May 1944 the Fairfax Herald reported that the unit had completed their 10,000th surgical dressing.

      - In September 1948 the Upper Pohick Community League purchased the abandoned schoolhouse at public auction for $500 to use as a community center. The UPCL is one of the oldest continually operating community associations in Fairfax County. Before the growth of local subdivisions and neighborhood associations, the schoolhouse was the center of social and political activities in our area.

      - The belfry still contains the original school-bell. The bell was purchased in the 1920s from a Sears store in Alexandria (VA), and survived the fire of 1928 that claimed the original building.

      - The Schoolhouse was listed in the Fairfax County Inventory of Historic Sites in 1970.

      - The UPCL is currently applying to have the Schoolhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

      Our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/sydenstrickerschoolhouse.

      The building is in rather poor condition, and the membership of the UPCL has dwindled to just a handful of people. The building is in desperate need of repair and restoration, and needs to have lead paint removed throughout before we can make the building available to the community (as we hope to do). I have spear-headed the effort to look for grants and funding to help us make the necessary restorations so that we can open the building to the community once again.

      I will look forward to being a part of this group!

      Thanks!

      - Lisa Friedrich Becker
      Springfield, VA









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    • Gloria Hawkins
      Welcome to our group--hope to see you in NJ in june at the conference. Gloria Hawkins ... From: lmfbecker To: oneroom@yahoogroups.com Sent:
      Message 2 of 4 , Apr 5, 2011
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        Welcome to our group--hope to see you in NJ in june at the conference.



        Gloria Hawkins



        -----Original Message-----
        From: lmfbecker <lisamfb@...>
        To: oneroom@yahoogroups.com
        Sent: Tue, Apr 5, 2011 12:11 pm
        Subject: [oneroom] Introduction: Sydenstricker Schoolhouse





        Hello -

        I just joined the group (and am THRILLED to have found you), so I'd like to introduce myself, and "my" Schoolhouse.

        I am the Vice President of the Upper Pohick Community League that owns the Sydenstricker Schoolhouse (one-room) in Springfield, VA. Here's some information about our building:

        - The first schoolhouse on the site was known as the Pohick School, and was built sometime prior to 1905. It burned down in 1928, and was rebuilt.

        - The schoolhouse closed in June 1939. It was the last operating one-room schoolhouse in Fairfax County. It is also the best surviving example of a one-room schoolhouse on its original site, and in original condition in the county (or so we are told).

        - In August 1943 the building became home to the Red Cross Sydenstricker Surgical Dressing Unit, for the purpose of making bandages for the war. By May 1944 the Fairfax Herald reported that the unit had completed their 10,000th surgical dressing.

        - In September 1948 the Upper Pohick Community League purchased the abandoned schoolhouse at public auction for $500 to use as a community center. The UPCL is one of the oldest continually operating community associations in Fairfax County. Before the growth of local subdivisions and neighborhood associations, the schoolhouse was the center of social and political activities in our area.

        - The belfry still contains the original school-bell. The bell was purchased in the 1920s from a Sears store in Alexandria (VA), and survived the fire of 1928 that claimed the original building.

        - The Schoolhouse was listed in the Fairfax County Inventory of Historic Sites in 1970.

        - The UPCL is currently applying to have the Schoolhouse listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

        Our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/sydenstrickerschoolhouse.

        The building is in rather poor condition, and the membership of the UPCL has dwindled to just a handful of people. The building is in desperate need of repair and restoration, and needs to have lead paint removed throughout before we can make the building available to the community (as we hope to do). I have spear-headed the effort to look for grants and funding to help us make the necessary restorations so that we can open the building to the community once again.

        I will look forward to being a part of this group!

        Thanks!

        - Lisa Friedrich Becker
        Springfield, VA









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