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History center to host ‘Memories of Coultrap’

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

GENEVA – As Geneva School District 304 officials seek bids to demolish the Coultrap facility, the Geneva History Center will host a “Memories of Coultrap” presentation from noon to 1 p.m. today at the history center, 113 S. Third St., Geneva.

Coultrap opened in 1923 and originally was Geneva Community High School. Later, it was a junior high, then a middle school and, finally, it was converted to an elementary school.

It closed as an attendance center in 2009. District officials have voted to demolish the building, citing it is too expensive to repair or maintain.

Geneva History Center Executive Director Terry Emma has spoken against the demolition.

Among the speakers at the presentation will be Catherine Sines, who taught middle school at Coultrap; Gloria Emma, who graduated with the Class of 1948; Glorianne Campbell, who graduated with the Class of 1959; Jim Coulos, who graduated with the Class of 1946; Maureen Radecki, who taught middle school at Coultrap in 1974; Kurt Wehrmeister, who went to middle school there; and Carolyn Zinke, who taught there as an elementary teacher.

“Memories of Coultrap” is part of the Geneva History Center’s Brown Bag Lunch series. Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for members and students and free to Herrington Circle Members.

Cookies and coffee will be provided, and participants are encouraged to bring their lunch.

Inglenook Pantry of Geneva provides soup on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, call the history center at 630-232-4951 or visit to register online.

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