“There’s this sense that people are not getting their fair share compared to people in the cities. They feel like their communities are dying and they perceive that all the stuff–the young people, the money, the livelihood is going somewhere and it’s going to the cities.¨ –University of Wisconsin political scientist Katherine Cramer on what she perceives is happening in rural America.
Welcome to The Forgottonia Project! We are a high school classroom project that seeks to examine the social problems we currently face in rural America. This project is produced by students and teachers at Cuba H.S. located in Fulton County, 1 of 16 rural counties in the western part of the state of Illinois. Our title, Forgottonia, refers to a tongue-in-cheek movement during the 1970s that began largely because many rural Americans in Western Illinois felt policymakers were ignoring their region in favor of larger, metropolitan areas (check out our podcast about one of Forgottonia’s founders, Neil Gamm). (Also check out the YouTube link below featuring Neil Gamm’s story on the History Channel show “How the States Got Their Shape”).
How it works?
A foundation of our project is IL Social Science Inquiry Standard #9 which seeks to apply democratic strategies & procedures to address local, regional, or global concerns as well as take action in or out of school.
While several students, teachers and community members collaborate to create content for our project, there are a few key contributors you should know.
*Joe Brewer – Mr. Brewer is the social science and history teacher at Cuba High School. In his spare Mr. Brewer enjoys reading, coaching, and spending time with his wife and stepsons.
*LeAnn Postin – Mrs. Postin is the English teacher, yearbook sponsor, and newspaper advisor at Cuba High School. She contributes in a variety of ways to the content and layout of The Forgottonia Project. In her spare time she loves to read, spend time with family, and is an outstanding hunter.
Jessica Brewer – Mrs. Brewer is the art and technology teacher at Cuba High School who designed our tremendous logo. She works with students both designing, editing, and sharing our content.
Check out these links below for more information about Forgottonia