Fighting to Save Old Utica School
Where do we begin? There is so much history in this great old building. The First District School was constructed in 1873. After being damaged, it was rebuilt in 1936 with funding allotted by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Many of our great-grandparents, grandparents and parents helped rebuild this great school that has housed their kids, grandkids, great grandkids, and great great grandkids.
Old Utica School Preservation is a group of citizens from the Town of Utica who are trying to save the old Utica School building from being turned into something detrimental to our community.
Perched atop a hill overlooking our small river town in Utica, Indiana, this building has always been there. The walls of this historic building have stood tall and strong for our community. Every child and adult that has entered this historic building has been blessed in a way that is difficult to put into words.
As a community we grew up knowing this building was more than a schoolhouse. It was home to every one of us. We knew we were safe, loved, fed, and embraced by every adult there, and taught how to survive in the world. We slept there and it kept us safe and all our belongings from the floodwaters that would over take our town. Before there were free lunch programs this old school was already providing them for the children and people that were in need in our community.
We all have history with this old school building and are the voice to help save our school. Check out some of the personal stories and photos from several members on our story page. Watch as more will be added as our site grows.