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Stach School

The one-room Stach School was moved to the Kansas Historical Society grounds in the early 1980s. Two programs, a tour and the Rural School Days program, are currently in operation at the school. The school is also one of the interesting features along the Historical Society's nature trail. It is open only by appointment.

Built in 1877 east of Delia in rural Jackson County, the school served the children of Czech immigrants who had settled there in the 1870s from the provinces of Bohemia and Moravia. The school was named for John Stach, a Moravian who donated an acre of land for the site.

Historic Stach School and class

About 1915 the belfry, porch, and cloak room were added to the school. Over the years enrollment gradually dwindled and classes eventually ended in April 1956. The building continued to serve residents as a meeting place, and in 1966 a group known as the Stach Community Center acquired title from the school district. In the 78 years the school was open, 560 to 650 students attended Stach School District #59.

In 1983 Stach School was purchased at auction and donated to the Historical Society by Bernice Stach Douglas and family. The building was moved to the museum grounds in October 1984. In 1986 the Woman's Kansas Day Club provided supplemental funds to restore the building. The interior and exterior of the building have since been faithfully restored to its 1910-1920 appearance.

Historic Stach School, 1937, Delia

Stach School provides students with an experience similar to that in which many Kansans, from the last half of the 19th century into the early 20th century, received their basic education. Although each of the thousands of one-room schools was in some aspect unique, most, including Stach School, were similar in architecture, governance, and curriculum. Teachers, pupils, and rural communities, while not by any means interchangeable, shared a common set of assumptions about education and methods of operations during the years of country schools. Stach School focuses on the decade 1910-1920, which was a time before consolidation began to significantly influence the network of small, independent school districts.