School Tour!

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Sauk Centre, MN. Image by RCompass all rights reserved.

Sauk Centre, MN. Image by RCompass all rights reserved.

This past weekend I stumble upon an open house tour of a beautifully staged one-room schoolhouse.

These historic buildings are a piece of  American history, signifying early settlements in rural communities across the United States. Before the construction of a more modern school building and the convenience of being driven to school in large orange buses. Children would walk or ride horse (sleigh and buggy) to a small schoolhouse that consisted of a singular room where multiple grades were taught by one teacher.

Many of these structures have been lost over the last century; burned, left to decay, torn down, salvaged for parts and even re-purposed as single family homes. However, some have been saved for special events, school field trips, history day classes and community museums-open to the public like the one my son and I visited in Sauk Centre, MN. We would like to thank the kind retired school teacher who talked about her years as a teacher and shared her story with us.

If you are interested in learning more about these iconic structures, the One-Room Schoolhouse Center website was created in 1998 and provides a host of information about early education in the United States. Tip: Click on the “Villages/Museum” link to find a site near you.

Shoolhouse Interior. Image by RCompass all rights reserved.

Shoolhouse Interior. Image by RCompass all rights reserved.

Shoolhouse Interior. Image by RCompass all rights reserved.

Shoolhouse Interior. Image by RCompass all rights reserved.

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