An address read before the Illinois State Normal School Board by Southern Illinois State Normal University (SINU) President Henry William Shryock. Shryock was the principle of Olney High School before joining the SINU faculty in the English department in 1894. He served as SINU President from 1913-1935. Shryock encouraged community outreach activities and created a Bureau of Rural School Work to enable the University to reach out and help improve the region’s many rural and village schools. This speech was given while Henry Horner was governor so it dates between 1933-1935.