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Danville Express

Newsfront - March 21, 2008

Kurtzes are 'Living Treasures'

Joan and Don Kurtz are being recognized as Living Treasures by the Museum of the San Ramon Valley for leading the museum's One Room Schoolhouse program at the old school on Finley Road for 13 years.

"They are true Living Treasures," said Betty Joyce, one of the organizers.

The Living Treasures program got a shot in the arm when it received a $10,000 grant from the Lesher Foundation at the beginning of this year, she said. Its first presentation was in October, when Norm Kittler spoke at the museum on the "Family Clan."

Joyce said they are looking for other people to recognize who have given a lot to the community, and they can be from other fields besides history, such as art, literature, music or sports. Museum curator Beverly Lane will be honored July 30.

The Kurtz event will take place at the Mount Diablo Room in the Danville Library on Wednesday and is free and open to the public.

"Our wonderful Mistress Kurtz will lead guests (as students) in manners, rules, reading, writing and numbers as if you were attending school," reads the invitation. "Master Kurtz will introduce important facts and items of the period."

Since Joan and Don Kurtz proposed the One-Room Schoolhouse program at the old Tassajara Grammar School, third-graders from throughout the school district visit the old school each spring, dressed in bonnets and country dresses, vests, straw hats and coonskin caps, and are transported back to 1888 for a few hours. Tassajara Grammar School was open from 1889 to 1946 and is owned by the San Ramon Fire Protection District.

School days, 1800s style

What: Living Treasures Program of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley

Honoring: Don and Joan Kurtz

Where: Danville Library

When: 6:30-9 p.m., Wednesday, March 26

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