Saturday, September 14, 2013

Historic Rock Building topic of free presentation

Historic Rock Building and 
Julia Randall Elementary School
A free presentation, open to the public, featuring photographs about the historic “Rock Building” and Julia Randall Elementary School, will be narrated by local speaker, writer and educator Gail Hearne on Monday, September 16, at 10:30 a.m. in the Payson Public Library Community Room.
Gail Hearne
This presentation along with a 10:00 a.m. open meeting about the library’s activities are hosted by the Library Friends of Payson, a nonprofit organization that helps meet programming and financial needs of the library, including the purchase of books. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call Payson Public Library at 474-9260 or visit our website at

The Rock Building was built by local men with federal Works Progress Administration (WPA) funds during the Great Depression. The historic stone schoolhouse was open to educate Payson’s children for 7 decades (February 1939-March 2009). Former Rock Building students and teachers may wish to share their memories with other attendees following the presentation. 

In conjunction with the 2009 opening of the newly built Julia Randall Elementary School, the rock building was remodeled to become the home of the Payson school district administrative offices. Many features of the historic building were retained and enhanced, including the basic structure and restoration of the original oak wood floors.

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