McGuffey Museums in Oxford, Ohio

One of the main things you hear about in one-room schools is the McGuffey Reader. If you want to learn more, a great place to start is at the McGuffey Museums in Oxford, Ohio.

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The early association of McGuffey with Miami University led them to collect his papers and various editions of his readers. The special collections library holds most of this material. There are finding aids are on the following link. Scroll down to William Holmes McGuffey. There are several different finding aids, several with much more information than typical finding aids. http://spec.lib.muohio.edu/publications.php

A digital scan and transcription of McGuffey’s papers is available here: http://doyle.lib.muohio.edu/cdm4/mcguffey

For many years, there was a special display of McGuffey material in the library. This included the 8 sided lazy susan style desk to keep multiple tasks open at once, the way we keeps multiple windows open on our computers today. After years of service as a private home and with various university functions, the house was purchased in 1958 and has been restored to a similar condition to when the McGuffeys lived there.  The McGuffey objects previously…

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Sarah S. Uthoff is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales striving 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. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. 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. Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

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  1. Hi! Miami is my alma mater (1983) and often times I’d slip into McGuffey Hall in between classes to study. McGuffey was a HUGE tradition in my day. We were very proud of it. Also, did you know Miami also has the desk upon which Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote “Uncle Tom’s Cabin “?

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