4-H Schoolhouse donations reflect local history

Terry Evans, Florine Swanson, and Ron Swanson stand with the new flagpole outside the partially-restored 4-H Schoolhouse at the Heartland Museum. Photo by Kacey Ginn

As progress on the 4-H schoolhouse museum marches forward, some improvements have been added that were donated by locals with a long history in 4-H.

Terry and Sharon Evans recently donated a flag pole with American Flag in memory of Sharon’s parents, Raymond and Marie Hilpipre, who were longtime 4-H leaders in Wright County. Ron and Florine Swanson, both former 4-H’ers, donated a 4-H flag to go on the pole, as well.

When the flag pole was installed, a stone memorializing O.H. Benson, the Wright County rural superintendent who came up with the concept of the 4-H emblem, was installed as well, having previously rested in Gazebo Park near the schoolhouse, and before that, on the west side of the courthouse.


The museum still hopes to have the schoolhouse ready to open at the end of June. For more information, see the June 14 Monitor.