Nevada is a historic and cultural wonder, abounding with stories, traditions, archae-ology, cultural resources, and buildings that contribute to Nevada’s unique sense of place. Together, these revered treasures help bring Nevada’s multilayered heritage to life.
As part of an ongoing movement to pre-serve America’s past, on Monday, Dec. 17, the National Park Service (NPS) listed the Lund Grade School in Lund, White Pine County in the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is the nation’s official list of places worthy of preservation, namely those with special historic and/or cultural significance, and potentially qualifying them for certain grant opportunities and tax incentives.
Built in 1915, the Lund Grade School is a quaint, rural schoolhouse in the White River Valley of White Pine County.
The one-and-a-half story, Craftsman-style schoolhouse is located at the south-west corner of Center Street and Nevada Highway 318/Main Street in the middle of town.
It is the community’s oldest surviving grade school and the historic anchor for public education in the White River Valley in the early 20th century.
The Grade School continuously oper-ated as an educational facility for Lund and White Pine County from its construction in 1915 to its closure by the White Pine County School District in 2005.
It has evolved over time to serve the com-munity, including a large addition in the 1980s to accommodate larger class sizes and new facilities.
The nomination was completed by the Lund Historical Society, a local group that maintains a museum and promotes the di-verse history of the community.
Marion Francis, the nomination author and a Society member, interviewed nu-merous area residents to help complete the nomination.
Francis said, “These families were gra-ciously inviting me into their lives and tell-ing me the stories of their parents, grand-parents, and ancestors.”
For Francis, “The Lund School was and still is an integral part of the town,” as “many students who graduated from the school came back as adults to teach in the very same classrooms where they had once been taught.”
In recollecting her work to complete the nomination, Francis said that the process “made me think about why things happen rather than just making a list of events.”