New Haven Preservation Society rehabbing historic landmark -- Old Elementary School

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Picture above: Old Elementary  School

Article written by: David Menke
Photo by Kyle Quick 

The New Haven Preservation Society recently began a fundraising drive to rehab an upstairs classroom at the old elementary school. The school building located on Maupin Street, was in continuous use from 1883 to 1984. To prevent demolition and save the historic landmark, a newly organized group, the New Haven Preservation Society, purchased the building in 1989.

During the past decades, the lower floor has been restored with the opening of meeting and banquet rooms. These rooms are available for lease for family or community events. A third room has been organized as a museum and contains memorabilia and artifacts of school and community history.

The society, which is dedicated to historic preservation in the New Haven community, plans to use the upstairs room as an archive and research area. The room will be used to store and catalog documents and other important historic memorabilia. The rehab will require the installation of a new heating and cooling system, upgrading electricity, and replacement of wall and ceiling materials.

Anyone wishing to donate to the project may send a check to the New Haven Preservation Society, Box 338, New Haven, MO 63068.