Alango School was founded in 1926, built in response to the growing number of children in the area, predominantly Finnish. It is an educational and cultural landmark of the area, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is our mission to share Alango School, including The Teacherage, and its history with the public and to communicate the importance of historical preservation.
The story goes that Mrs. Pennypacker brought attention to the conditions under which the average rural school-teacher lived; the suffering often entailed on her in having to walk miles to the school in wintry weather; the discomfort she had to put up with in the farm-houses where she was compelled to live, with the natural result that it was nearly impossible to secure capable teachers who would accept those conditions. According to Mrs. Pennypacker, the parson was given a parsonage; why not the teacher a "teacherage"? Because of her personal efforts, several teacherages were established with new schoolhouses, word spread, and the teacherage concept was well on its way to national recognition. (excerpt from The Americanization of Edward Bok, 1921, pp 356-357)
An integral "teacherage" makes this Minnesota destination distinctive. It is one of the last remaining structures known to exist. The "Teacherage", as the name suggests, is where the single, female teachers lived, above the main floor of the school, in an apartment-like setting. There was a set of rules for use of the electricity and codes of conduct. The Teacherage Rules, dated 1931, are posted near the entrance for our guests to marvel at how much things, especially social codes of conduct, have changed.
We look forward to sharing our Teacherage with you! Experience the ambience of yesteryear!