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The Root District Game Club will apply the $1,000 award to a matching grant for foundation repair on the 1937 one-room Root Schoolhouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The organization strives to preserve the Root Schoolhouse and use it as a community gathering place to provide educational, civic, and social activities, including performances, weddings, celebrations, and potluck suppers. Once the foundation project is complete and the building reopens, the group wants to appeal to the broader arts community and nearby farmers, while continuing to serve its neighbors.
Historic New England and the Root District Game Club previously partnered to produce Back to School: Lessons from Norwich’s One-Room Schoolhouses, a 2015 film featuring the Root Schoolhouse, part of Historic New England’s Everyone’s History series.