Please pass this on to anyone you know that is interested in one-room schools, went to one or taught in one. I want the widest possible numbers for my survey.
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. I have 458 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. Find the latest circulated results here:
For the Future
This summer I’m going to be doing an update on my results at the Country School Association of America.
If you haven’t yet filled out my survey (linked above), please do!
If you can come to the one-room school conference in Beatrice, Nebraska, it will be well worth your trip!
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.