Scattered across the country, one-room schoolhouses continue to teach and to educate. There remains a lot to learn from these community supported and built structures – from early concepts of education and what these schools meant to frontier settlers, to the raw materiels available in any given area, to career opportunities during that time for women, persons of color, and men.
Take a moment to look for these iconic structures while driving along the back roads or walking through small towns. Some may have become museums, private homes, barns or sadly – overgrown ruins – but they remain an important part of our history and are worth saving for the next generation of learners.
Local historians generously provide invaluable assistance when searching for these treasures. I am frequently indebted to:
Joyce Baer, Dearborn County Historian
And to Julie Schlesserman, Manager Local History and Genealogy Department, Brookville Public Library with Donald Dunaway, Franklin County Historian