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    :: September 1, 2010

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The Keokuk County Community Endowment Foundation is a charitable foundation created by and for local citizens to improve the quality of life right here in our communities.  We are here to help donors make a positive, local impact by offering a variety of giving tools to help people achieve their charitable giving goals and do good work in our county that lasts forever.


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The Lancaster School received grant funds to make dramatic improvements to the building.   Read more below about the project and see the transformation for yourself: 




Lancaster Heritage Inc. was organized in 1983 due to concerns about the deteriorating condition of Lancaster School, which was built in 1881 and closed in the spring of 1964. Lancaster was the former Keokuk County seat, and is located 5 miles southeast of Sigourney, the current county seat. Authorized through a quit claim deed in 1984, Lancaster Heritage Inc. accepted the responsibility of maintaining the school house and grounds.  The schoolhouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in the 1990's.


Since 1984, membership fees, gifts, grants and donated labor have provided the resources for on-going maintenance projects.  The Keokuk County Community Endowment Foundation (KCCEF) has supported recent improvements, which include a new roof in 2007, a window repair and replacement project, a new deck, and a sanitary facility. A re-painting project in 2009 was required to comply with guidelines for buildings on the Historic Registry. The Lancaster School is centered on the two-acre town square, and is a reminder of an era that ended in 1960, when area schools began to consolidate.  The interest in rural schools is strong, but there are few left to visit. 


Preserving Lancaster school provides an interesting and accurate portrayal of an important part of Keokuk County's history, made possible by the hard work of many dedicated volunteers, in partnership with the KCCEF. For more information on how the Keokuk County Community Foundation can help boost your non-profit building and preservation efforts, call your local representative.