'Honor Roll of Teachers and Schools’ Continues to Grow
Several years ago, the VCHS established an Honor Roll of Teachers and Schools as a way to recognize and remember both teachers and schools that have made a difference in people’s lives. Any teacher in Vernon County, whether currently teaching, retired, or deceased, and any school, past or present, can be 'nominated' with a $25 donation. When additional donations for that teacher or school reach $500, the teacher or school is placed on the Honor Roll - listed on the Historical Society’s website and on a photo display in the museum.
Through Honor Roll donations, over $23,000 were raised during the capital campaign to build the elevator at the museum. Now funds are directed toward upkeep/improvements of the 100-year-old Normal School/Museum building.
Thirty-eight teachers are on the Honor Roll at this time. Three of those were added in the fall of 2019: Maud Anderson, Orrin Paulson and Gale Wanless. Forty more teachers have been nominated.
Until recently, fourteen schools had been nominated and the Normal School was the only school that was on the Honor Roll. In January, contributions in honor of Round Prairie rural school reached the $500 mark. Two graduates, Pauline Buckland and Katherine Brown, celebrated their 90th birthdays and friends made contributions in their honor.
Other contributions were made on behalf of two Normal School graduates: in honor of Bernice Schroeder (Class of 1939) on her 100th birthday, and in memory of Wilmer Homstad (Class of 1942) who passed away in January, 2020.
The Honor Roll continues to be a way to celebrate and remember individual teachers and schools - and to help the Normal School building continue to serve our county in the 21st century.
To recognize a favorite teacher or school, nominations and donations may be mailed to the historical society: P.O. Box 444, Viroqua, WI 54665. More information is available at the Vernon County Museum, 608-637-7396.
The teachers and schools nominated below still need additional contributions of $25.00 or more to add up to $500.00 before adding them to the honor roll.