As of Tuesday, September 9, 2014
KOOSKIA/KAMIAH — This is Navajo Taco Saturday at the Big Cedar Schoolhouse! In honor of its 100th birthday, the Big Cedar Homemakers will be serving their delicious tacos, desserts and drinks at the schoolhouse located at the junction of Red Fir and Big Cedar Roads — south intersection. Saturday, Sept. 13, from 5:30-8 p.m. you will have an opportunity to meet with other members of the community, eat great food, be entertained with music, all for the price of a ticket which is $5. There will also be a raffle for many items, some of which are firewood, boot planter, finger scarves and jewelry. Tickets are available at the event, with the drawing being held at 7 p.m.
This centennial celebration will honor some of the actual students who attended the schoolhouse who are still in the area. Many will be present at this year’s event. Kris Perry coordinated meetings with a number of former students and conducted recorded interviews of their school days reminiscences in order that they may be preserved for posterity.
You may be surprised to learn that the schoolhouse originally stood across the street from its current location. Many years ago it was moved by rolling it over logs (according to Lewis Ulmer – whose mother attended the schoolhouse), and then constructing a new foundation. This is just one of the tidbits about the schoolhouse that you can learn at the taco feed.
Having been nominated to the National Register of Historic Places in Idaho County puts the schoolhouse on a short list. This is quite an honor, as there are other schoolhouses that qualify, but the Big Cedar Schoolhouse is the best maintained and currently in use, thanks to the Big Cedar Homemakers Club.
Author Trevor Loudon will speak at the Kooskia Park on Sunday, Sept. 14, at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to attend and there is no charge.