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Swiss Heritage Village School, Berne, IN


Swiss Heritage Village School

1200 Swissway Rd.

P.O. Box 88

Berne, IN 46711

The Swiss Heritage Village & Museum has as its mission to spark and sustain an interest in the cultural heritage of Berne, Indiana, and southern Adams County by promoting learning through discovery.  Chartered in 1985, the Village is now the largest outdoor museum in northern Indiana. As visitors tour the site and see the buildings, grounds, and events that are sponsored by the Swiss Heritage Society, they will learn about how the Swiss settlers lived in the area more than a century ago.  The ordinance of 1787 mandated that education should be provided for the Northwest Territory, therefore the farthest any student had to walk was less than two miles.  The little red schoolhouse was built in 1881. Taken from its three brick construction, its approximate weight is 128 tons.  The back wall contains a row of hooks and a shelf on which the students hung their coats and hats and set their lunch pails. The platform in the front provided a place upon which the schoolmarm could instruct and children could perform. The bell in the belfry, rung by the teacher before and after school, is original. The desks range from very small to very large, as children of all grades were instructed here. The flag overhead dates to 1888. On it are only 45 stars, as Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona, New Mexico and Oklahoma were not yet part of the Union.  The schoolhouse sat on the same plot of land at 400 West and 500 South for 110 years until it was donated to the Swiss Heritage Society by Chris Biberstein and moved to the Village in 1991.



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