The image is a common one, students trudging along a road to a distant one-room school house, clutching their school books and lunchboxes. What do you think is hidden in those lunchboxes? My mission is to find out. My research has covered reports in both teacher magazines and in parent/women’s magazines, teacher instruction manuals, and extension leaflets. In addition, I’ve been distributing a survey. The difference between what was called for in magazines and what people actually took was interesting.
It’s time again to remind you that my one-room school lunch survey is still on-going. Now rapidly approaching 400 responses, the schools described range from Canada to Louisiana. It’s a one-page survey and also makes an excellent story jogger if you fill it out with an older relative or ask them to fill it out. Anyone who attended or taught at a one or two room school is welcome to participate no matter when or where that school was located. Please help us get enough surveys so we can see more trends. Anyone has complete copyright permission to run off and distribute as many as possible for any location. Find the survey here:
I update the handout with current numbers at each presentation. The most recent one was from the Association of Living History Farms and Museums last June. Find the latest circulated results here:
The image above is from a 1930s How To book for one-room school teaching which recommended getting students to not drink from a common cup even if people couldn’t afford to bring their own.
Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation.Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, and find her on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and Academia.edu. She is currently acting President of the Laura Ingalls Wilder Legacy and Research Association. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.