Murray Lake Elementary @Fallasburg

Tour historic Fallasburg in Michigan this summer.

Fallasburg Today

By Emma Palova

Students from Murray Lake Elementary visited the historic 1850s Fallasburg village for a tour starting at the one-room schoolhouse where they took seats in the old original desks in front of the black chalkboard.

The 1867 schoolhouse came alive as the yellow Lowell Area school bus dropped the kids off and the bell rang to their laughter and chatter.

The one-room schoolhouse is the signature museum of the Fallasburg Historical Society (FHS) and it remained a functioning school until 1961.

So let the class begin. The teacher and tour guide was Mr. Ken Tamke. Tamke FHS president emeritus and Murray Lake teacher Denise Washburn have established this field trip tradition so long ago that no one can remember.

“This ties into first-grade lesson plans,” Tamke said. “They read Little House on the Prairie.”

Mr. Tamke took the kids by groups on a whirlwind tour through the village…

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