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May 2019 I Volume 12 I Issue 9

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Traveling schoolmarm Susan Webb brings 19th century education to life at Tannehill By ALYX CHANDLER

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Susan Webb has always been fascinated by what she refers to as the backbone of American education: one-room country schools. "I grew up in Iowa, where half of my high school class had attended a one-room school. Iowa had a law in the 1800s that there would be a school every two miles in the entire state," she said, which immediately captured her interest. Webb is an early American school historian who was largely inspired by her mother, who taught in a one-room school in Iowa in the early 1900s. Webb had been to hundreds of one-room schools all over the nation before she decided to settle down on Highland Lakes Road, along U.S. 280, and act as the schoolmarm for the Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park.

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Schoolmarm Susan Webb at the Fowler House at Tannehill State Park. Photo by Kamp Fender.

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When Eric Wang puts on his mask for a fencing competition, everything fades away except for the opponent in front of him. That feeling, he said, never gets old. Wang, a senior at Spain Park High School, started fencing in 2009. He remembers when his mom first told him about it - she described it as "sword fighting." "When I got here, at first I was really confused because it looked like they were just waving around little sticks and stuff, but it turned out to be really fun. I mean, I've been here for almost I 0

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Spain Park senior Eric Wang poses for a portrait during a fencing training session at the Birmingham Fencing Club in Hoover. Photo by Kamp Fender.

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