The Little Country Schoolhouse
Since we're always on the lookout for resources and materials for our country school preservation programs and museums, my first recommendation for 2007 is Good Old Days Remembers the Little Country Schoolhouse, a treasury of reminiscences of those who attended or taught in one-room schools in the late 19th and early 20th century. This hard-cover collection was published in 1999 by House of White Birches in Berne, IN. Here you will read memorable stories about schoolhouses, favorite teachers, holidays, programs of study, schoolhouse romances, discipline, playtime, the trials of growing up, and the friends and neighbors who attended country schools. Each story features colorful artwork, vintage photography, or related poetry. This book is truly an asset to re-enactors who wish to lend authenticity to their schoolhouse programs and need ideas for stories.
The following review is from the White Birches web-site.
"Return to the simple pleasures of those bygone school days! Remember giggling in clouds of chalk just as you clapped erasers for your favorite teacher? The look of pride on your father's weather-beaten face when you won the spelling bee? Singing "America the Beautiful" as you gazed out the window at rolling hills of wildflowers? A heaven-sent "C" in Geography class that saved you from wearing the dunce cap? Wouldn't you love to relive your school days again? To hear the welcoming clang of the old school bell once more? To sit at the desk next to the cozy pot-belly stove? To spell "phneumonia" correctly on the blackboard for the whole class to see?
It's easier than you think to pay a visit to the good old days! All it takes is a little imagination and our new Good Old Days book - The Little Country Schoolhouse."
For our CSAA readers who received this e-newsletter via the US mail, the contact information is:
For product, shopping or order related questions.
House of White Birches
P.O. Box 9001
Big Sandy, TX 75755
Call: (800) 829-5865
Fax: (888) 848-4414
You can also find this book on Amazon both new and used. At last look, there were 25 used copies for sale by booksellers across the U.S.