Wednesday, September 15, 2010

(Way) Back to School

Lawrence Fuhro, whom the New Jersey Daughters of the American Revolution named the "Outstanding Teacher of American History" this year, has lent the library selections from his collection of rural and one-room school memorabilia. The exhibit is in the lobby of the library until the end of September. I've overheard an older patron looking at the exhibit say, "I had one of those!"
Slates from the 1880s, plus a report card

Larrabee's Lunch Box

This exhibit reminds me of the excellent novel The Whistling Season by Ivan Doig, which revolves around a one room schoolhouse in Montana. We don't have an orrery in our exhibit, but schoolmaster Morrie would have loved to have one of these stereopticons.

The handbell on the far left belonged to Miss Anna Thee, who taught in one-room schools in Nebraska from 1905 to 1945.

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