Americas Country Schools by Andrew Gulliford

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Ernest Grundy, Jim Dertien, Sandra Scofield andJ. V. Brummels; Nevada, Nancy Cummings, Hazel Potter and Dorothy Ritenour; North Dakota, Dr. Warren Henke, Mary and Robert Carlson and Daniel Rylance; South Dakota, Herbert Blakely, Philip Brown and Caroline Hatton; Utah, Jessie Embry and Scott Birkinshaw; and Wyoming, Robert J. Barthell, Ruby Preuit and Milton Riske. Page 16 I also wish to express gratitude to Thomas Phelps, National Endowment for the Humanities; Mary M. Ison, Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress; Renzo Riddo, Heather Huyck and Thomas Solon, National Park Service; Barbara Sudler, Colorado Historical Society; James Schott, education and media consultant; Dr.

In this vivid book Andrew Gulliford takes the reader back to an era when millions of American children attended one-room country schools, an experience that many older Americans can still remember and that readers today can recapture through Gulliford's narrative, his rich array of pictures and the oral histories and firsthand written descriptions on which he relies. Here are tales of blizzards and rattlesnakes falling from sod roofs, quilting clubs and wheelbarrow races, spelling bees and political declamations held before the trustees and patrons, and the everyday tasks of reciting to the teachers from McGuffey Readers and coaxing green wood to burn in the cast-iron stove.

A great deal of community interest focused on the project, and now the Noble Hill-Wheeler Memorial Center is a cultural museum with an emphasis on the black culture of Bartow County. Many visitors have come to the museum, including the first black judge in Georgia, who brought his son to show him what education had been like for rural blacks. Exhibits include historical information on black schooling in the first decades of the 20th century, as well as original artifacts and photographs to help inspire a new generation of schoolchildren.

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