This paper examines the rural country schools of Gillespie County, Texas which result from a community process for preserving cultural traditions from the German immigrants’ source regions. Erected during the Texas Common School Era of 1854 to 1949, over forty vernacular rural schools were built by individual rural communities creating a local school system while mitigating the political, socio-economic, and cultural impacts from the surrounding Anglo-Texan societies. Beginning with a chronological overview of the political periods in Texas affecting the development of rural education, this paper concludes with case studies which demonstrate progressively changing vernacular architectural responses to political transitions.
|Publisher||International Association for the Study of Traditional Environments|
|State||Published - Oct 2018|