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Yesterday's School Kids of Isabella County, Jack R Westbrook and Sherry Sponseller

School Women of the Prairies and Plains, Mary Hurlbut Cordier

Down the Myrtle Path: The History and Memories of Town Hall School, Hannah Geddes Wright

America's Country Schools, Andrew Gulliford

Iowa’s Country Schools: Landmarks of Learning, William Sherman

Yesterday's School Kids of Isabella Country
Authors:Jack R Westbrook and Sherry Sponseller

Yesterdays School Kids Book

Yesterday's School Kids of Isabella County (PDF download) .


Schools of Yesteryear:
The Country Schools of Sand Beach & Sherman Townships

Author: Janis Stein
Huron County, Michigan, Vol.1,
211 pg, hard cover

Schools of Yesteryear, Vol.1, Janis Stein

Janis Stein has research 15 country schools and published a book full of pictures of buildings inside and out. There are also photos of teachers, students, report cards, certificates of promotion, and all kinds of school activities. An abundance of reminiscences make this a valuable history of rural school life in Michigan’s thumb.

To order contact:
Janis Stein
Stein Expressions, LLC
5062 Edwards Road
Harbor Beach, MI 48441

Printed by Sheridan Books, Inc., Ann Arbor, MI, 2008


School Women of the Prairies and Plains
Author: Mary Hurlbut Cordier
2nd Paperbound printing, © 1998
ISBN 0-8263-1774-X

This lively book focuses on the women responsible for educating prairie children. In large part they were natives of the region, often teen-aged girls away from home for the first time. Teaching under difficult circumstances, school women struggled to meet their students' needs and also used all the means at their disposal—summer institutes, normal schools, and even programs by mail—to upgrade their own educational credentials.

School Women of the Prairies and Plains
Copyright © 1992, published by University of New Mexico Press
To order call: 1 -800-249-7737

Down the Myrtle Path:
The History and Memories of Town Hall School
Compiled & written by: Hannah Geddes Wright
Edited by: Dr. Thomas Gwaltney, Professor, Eastern Michigan University

114 pg. soft-cover, $10.00**

In 1987, Town Hall School was donated by the Geddes family to Eastern Michigan University to be restored as a living museum (where children can attend class and relive the one-room school experience).

The author, herself a former student, has researched the history of the school, and collected the memories of other former students and teachers. Also read about and see pictures of the dramatic move of the old school in Down the Myrtle Path.

A former student writes: “To say I was delighted with my Town Hall School book would be putting it mildly! It was like a trip down memory lane, the wonderful simple days when we didn't have material things, but cherished all the memories we gathered."

Down the Myrtle Path, ©1997, Hannah Geddes Wright.

To order:
Send request with your name and address 
along with check payable to:
Hannah Geddes Wright
4209 N. Dearing Road
Parma, Michigan 49269

** Add $2 for shipping & handling

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America's Country Schools
Author: Andrew Gulliford 

Third Edition soft-cover, $29.95**

For more that 250 years, America's country schools were the heart of American education. On the frontier, country schools also served as community centers for church gatherings, dances, spelling bees, elections, wedding, and burials. In 1939, there were approximately 150,000 one-teacher schools in the United States. Today less than 1000 remain.

America's Country Schools is a comprehensive work that chronicles a distinctive era in American education. The first section provides an overview of the historical role of rural schools in the United States. It is followed by a section on architecture and concludes with several chapters on documenting and preserving country schools.

The text is rich in anecdotes taken from extensive research and interviews with teachers and pupils. More than four hundred striking photographs historical views, modern-day scenes, exteriors and interiors, help bring to life the people as well as the buildings.

This award-winning book is the first of its kind to examine the country school as a distinct architectural type.

Send orders to:
University of Oklahoma Press
4100 28 Avenue N.W.
Norman, OK 73069-8218
 Or Call: (800) 627-7377 or (405) 325-2000 Fax: (800) 735-0476 or 364-5798

** Add $4 for shipping & handling

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Iowa’s Country Schools: Landmarks of Learning
Edited by: William Sherman
ISBN 0931209-73-0

256 pg., soft-cover, $27.95**

Iowa’s Country Schools, published in cooperation with the Iowa State Education Association, is the first comprehensive compilation of information on one-room schools.

It includes history of country schools, impact of schools on communities, personal memories, articles on architecture, preservation and a county-by-county description of the status of existing schools.

"Iowa's Country Schools is a benchmark book in both local history and rural preservation."... Andrew Gulliford, author of America's Country Schools.

Send orders to:
Mid-Prairie Books 
801 4th Avenue
Parkersburg, IA 50665

** Add $3 for shipping & handling

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Library of Michigan

One Room Schools


 Kabatek, Anna B. Island schoolmarm: memories of the one-room schools on the St. Marys River. Menominee, Mich.: A.B. Kabatek, c1996. Michigan LA 2317 .K23 A3 1996

Library service for the one and two room schools. Lansing: Published by Loleta D. Fyan, State Librarian, 1945. Michigan Documents E G326.13: 2L69/058

Maki, Wilbert B. History of the Hancock Public Schools: where futures are formed: echoes of a one-room school. Hancock, Mich: W. Maki, 1995. Michigan LA309.H36 M35 1995

One room country schools, Arenac County, Michigan. Edited by Marie Bauer & Friends of Arenac County Historical Society. [Standish, Mich.: Arenac County Historical Society], 1992. Michigan (Non Circulating) LC 5152 .M5 05 1992 v. 1 -4

Rural schoolhouses: building, plans, requirements, suggestions. Lansing: Supt. of Public Instruction, [1918?] Michigan Documents LB1567 .R8 1918

Rural teachers' salaries in Michigan. Prepared by the Committee on Salaries, C.H. Griffey ... [et al.], Clifford Woody, Chairman. Lansing: Michigan State Teachers' Association, [1925]. Michigan (Non Circulating) LB 2842.4.M5 R8 1925

Tape, Henry Aaron. Factors affecting turnover of teachers of the one-room rural schools of Michigan. New York: Teachers College, Columbia University, 1939. Michigan LB 2833.3 .M48 T3 1939

Working with children in one and two teacher schools ... Lansing: Eugene B. Elliot, Superintendent of Public Instruction, 1942. Michigan Documents E 3/319

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The Secretary of the Interior's Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties

with Guidelines for Preserving, Rehabilitating Restoring & Reconstructing

Historic Buildings

by Kay D. Weeks and Anne E: Grimmer 

 This new publication from the National Park Service, Technical Preservation Services (TPS) offers essential guidance on the treatment of historic buildings for a broad audience, including owners and managers, project reviewers, preservation consultants, architects, contractors, and students of historic preservation. The treatment Standards apply to all proposed development grant-in-aid projects assisted through the National Historic Preservation Fund, and are codified as 36 CFR 68--but may be used by anyone who is planning work on a historic building. The Guidelines establish a model process to follow, providing technical and design recommendations within a consistent philosophical framework. Each of four chapters with Standards and Guidelines explains and outlines the scope of work for a specific treatment—Preservation, Rehabilitation, Restoration, and Reconstruction. The process of selecting and applying the most appropriate treatment is spelled out, with particular emphasis on how each treatment can affect historic materials and features, and, in turn, the public understanding of a place. Key issues are illustrated. A bibliography of helpful TPS publications on treatment is included. Orders are currently being taken by the Superintendent of Documents, Government Printing Office. 

 GPO stock number: 024-005-01157-9. Price: $12.00

 25% discount on 100 copies or more sent to the same address.

 Mail To: Superintendent of Documents, P.O. Box 371954, Pittsburgh, PA  15250-7954

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One-Room Country Schools: History and Recollections From Wisconsin by Jerry Apps, Amherst Press, c.1996
Call Amherst Press: 1-800-333-8122 Or FAX: 715-824-5806 or visit our website: www.AmherstPress.com

Symbols: Viewing a Rural Past by Jerry Apps, Amherst Press, c. 2000
Call Amherst Press: 1-800-333-8122 Or FAX: 715-824-5806 or visit our website: www.AmherstPress.com

A History of the Albion Public Schools by Frank Passic, E. Weil Publishing Services, Albion, MI, c. 1991

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Following are books that were advertised in Better Homes and Gardens magazine in March 1998.  Not known if they are still available:

The One-Room Schoolhouse: Stories About Boys is a collection of more that 100 short stories of life in the Midwest where electricity was a magical novelty and cities were a distant rumor. Indelibly American, these tales are of farm kids finding their way and contending with grown-ups, city kids, birth, death, rats, skunks and mean ponies...From Vintage Contemporaries, a division of Random House, Inc., The 224 page softcover book costs $16.95, which includes shipping, handling and applicable sales tax. (Quantities are limited.)

Growing Up With Dick and Jane is an entertaining and informative book featuring the fictional brother and sister who taught more than 85 million children to read. The text tracks historical, cultural, social, and educational events of the era.  Illustrations include watercolors and photos from original Dick and Jane primers. The 112 page softcover book from Harper-Collins also comes with a sampler of original stories and cutout dolls. The Price is $24.95, which includes shipping, handling and applicable sales tax.”

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