About Us

Mission Statement

The Center for the History of Rural Iowa Education and Culture (CHRIEC), of the University of Northern Iowa Museum, is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and dissemination of unique and rare materials documenting America's rural school system and culture with particular emphasis on Iowa and the Mid-West.

Statement of Purpose

  • To collect, preserve, organize, and make available to researchers, materials relating to the cultural and institutional history of Iowa's rural schools.
  • To facilitate access to collections and materials for students, faculty, independent scholars, and organizations, in as much as facilities, budget, staffing, time, and other constraints permit.
  • To continue to promote and connect with other rural education focused organizations to further develop the current network of rural cultural resources available.