One-Room School Lunch Survey 2018

A National Parks style poster for Homestead National Monument

Start With Research

I’ve been researching one-room school lunches for a long time. I’ve collected information from parent and teacher magazines. (I’m also very distraught that there is a thesis from the 1910s I can’t lay my hands on.) I’ve also collected  government publications talking about what you should have for school lunch.

What People Really Took

One of my on-going projects has been a survey on what people actually ate.  I’ve been collecting surveys for what people remember taking. So far I’ve got 468 responses with answers coming from everywhere between Canada to Louisiana. Answers on what they took ranged from hoe cakes to ketchup sandwiches to a hot dog kept warm in a Thermos with string tied around the natural casing knot to pull it out.

Politics

I was surprised about how school lunch, or at least providing a hot school lunch, turned out to be a pretty political topic as it was an excuse given as one of the reasons to close one-room schools. Many creative efforts were made to fill the gap  (until the Thermos made it unnecessary).

I also found out that where you ate lunch turned out to be a problem, if you ate on your desk how did you get it or keep it clean? Plus, were students made to wash their hands? It’s lead me down a lot of interesting questions besides food.

Handouts

I’ve put together a presentation what I’ve got so far, but I’m still going to be collecting surveys. So if you went or taught in a one-room school or know someone who did, please fill out the survey and spread the word.

Here is my latest update of my Handout 2018 about what I’ve learned so far.

Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She 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. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , Google+LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.

Registration is Open for CSAA 2017

Reblogging from CSAA Blog:

Registration is Now Open for CSAA Schoolhouse Conference!

Colby Sawyer College, New London, NH, June 11-14, 2017

The response to our 2017 annual conference has been phenomenal, and sooner than anticipated, we already have a complete schedule of presenters! Registration is now open for those planning to attend and we certainly promise a well-rounded program. Below we have posted the titles of our presentations and will be adding full descriptions in the coming weeks.

Be prepared to meet schoolhouse enthusiasts from all over the country, writers, teachers and professors, re-enactors, historians, artists, preservationists, former students, museum curators, historical society members, and friends of country schools.

We all recognize the importance of these tiny little schools to the history of American education and wish to preserve those remaining for as long as possible. Please consider attending the CSAA in New London, NH, our second and possibly last in New Hampshire. Popularity of this annual conference has found us alternating between east and west. In 2018 we will be heading to the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Nebraska!

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Coach to Mt. Washington summit, New London Historical Society Museum

We now have a full complement of presentations for our two-day program! See the list of topics to date.

General Conference Information:
Download 2017RegistrationInformationCSAA

For On-Line Registration:
 ON-LINE REGISTRATION – EVENTBRITE

INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Choose your category.
  • Click REGISTER.
  • Scroll down the page to complete information on payment by credit card or check.
  • Scroll down and choose your options for ALL-DAY BUS TOUR and/or DORMS.
  • Click PAY NOW

For Registration via US Mail –    Download REGISTRATION 2017CSAA

Website: CSAA WEBSITE

Presentations for 2017 include:

(detailed descriptions and presenter bios will follow when the program is complete)

“19th Century Tablets: Slates”

“Finger Lakes Preservation”

“Bitter Fight Over Consolidation”

“One, Two, Buckle Your Shoe, Three, Four: Now How to Open the Door?”

“What the Hectograph? A School System’s Copy Machine”

WORKSHOP: “Nooning in the 1800’s: Hands-on Experience with Period Toys”

“New England Teachers, Western Schools: Catharine Beecher’s Moral Crusade”

“School of the Very High Mountains”

“De-Lighted!”- An Encounter with Theodore Roosevelt

“Yesterday’s Schools: Capturing Their Stories Through Photography”

“Launching a 50-Year Teaching Career: Burnt Bay School and Beyond”

“Learning the Recitation Way: 19th and 20th Century Classroom Recitation Lessons”

“Invisible Assets: Rise of Delaware African-American Schools”

“Location, Location, Location: The Placement of Restored Country Schools”

“Oxen Power: Moving the Orleans County Grammar School!”

“Country School Innovations”

“The Praxis of Disability and One-Room Schools in Ohio”

“Back to School: Lessons from Norwich’s One-Room Schoolhouses”

“Horance Mann: Father of Country Schools?”

And More!

Our keynote speakers include historian, former Commissioner of Agriculture, farmer, and founding Executive Director of the NH Humanities Council, Steve Taylor, “NH’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality,” and local artist and author Sue Anne Bottomley, who has visited and painted scenes from EVERY town in New Hampshire for her book “Colorful Journeys” and “Pep Talks for the Would-Be, Should Be Artist.”

We will be making a special visit to the New London Historical Society on Monday afternoon to visit their 18 restored historical buildings and their museum housing antique carriages and sleighs.

We will be treated to the New England premiere of the award winning film by Kelly and Tammy Rundle, “Country School: One Room * One Nation.”

We will hear from the spirits of some prominent citizens of Hooksett, NH, buried next door to the Head Schoolhouse. (an autumn schoolhouse fundraiser)

Country School Conference 2015 Registration Open

26872059Republished from a message from the keyboard of Richard Lewis:

Hello Country School Enthusiasts!

Registration is now open for the 2015 Country School Association of America Conference at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York.

The Washington County Fair Farm Museum with its Perkins Hollow one room schoolhouse is hosting the Annual Conference of the Country School Association of America June 14-17, 2015.  We are pleased to bring this national event to the Washington and Saratoga County region of New York State.

The Skidmore College campus and the Washington County Fair Farm Museum will be the locations for two days of presentations and workshops on early schooling, curriculum and preservation of historic country schools.  There will also be local displays and presentations featuring area schoolhouses, the slate industry, the Ticonderoga pencil, and other related topics.  The third day bus tour will take you through the slate region of New York and Vermont while you visit seven restored/preserved country schools.

The conference is only 3 months away…. 

Make your reservations soon as Saratoga is the summer place to be! 

You have a choice of online registration or a paper registration with 2 payment options:

1)  Online registration with payment by credit card or check

2)  Paper form with payment by check

Please see the attached paper registration form for more details and register online or by mail.

Please note that when you use online registration at www.CountrySchoolAssociation.org you will have to make your selection for payment by check or credit card as indicated below.  If paying by check, you will mail it to the address provided online.

Pay by Check

We look forward to welcoming you to Skidmore College, in upstate New York in June.

Should further information be required, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Joan & Dale Prouty

CSAA 2015 Conference Co-chairs

dprouty@captal.net

(518) 747-3635

What is the Country School Association?

The Country School Association of America is the national association for one-room schools. It’s an interesting organization because it started having almost spontaneous conferences around the country until they formalized it with an organization. The CSAA brings together Museum volunteers, teachers, staff, faculty and students, preservationists, historians, re-enactors and interested 26872059citizen, to exchange ideas and resources. The organization holds an annual conference, provides a grant program, awards publication and video prizes, conducts surveys and publishes an electronic newsletter, all in support of the country schooling experience.

The CSAA is look for people who wish to preserve schools, create or maintain museums, promote living history programs, and allow children of all ages to experience schooling as it was many years ago. It allows seniors a chance to relive their fondest schoolhouse memories, while offering educators and writers a forum to share research. Additionally, this organization encourages research on country schooling and provides a forum for those who wish to publish their articles. The annual CSAA conference grows larger as a forum for exchanging ideas among academics, preservationists, re-enactors, and just plain history buffs. The conference site moves around every year. They try to do a Midwest location one-year (where the majority of members live) and a different part of the country the next. This year they will be in New York about an hour and a half from Malone (see below).

Currently I serve on the board. It’s a quality organization and I think the conference this year was one of the best ones ever. If you want to learn more about it, check out the information below. (Note: Some of the above text was borrowed from the CSAA homepage.)

 

Around the web:

Awards & Grants

Please be advised that all award submission material becomes the property of the Country School Association of America (CSAA) and will be retained in the CSAA archives.

CSAA Award for Scholarship and Artistry (Guidelines)

Agriculture Museum in Brookings, SD
Agriculture Museum in Brookings, SD

CSAA Preservation Grant (Guidelines)

CSAA Preservation Grant (Application)

CSAA National Schoolhouse Registry (Guidelines)

CSAA National Schoolhouse Registry (Application)

CSAA Service Award (Guidelines and Application)

CSAA Disaster Relief Fund (Guidelines and Application)

CSAA Annual Conference Financial Aid (Guidelines)

 

 

15th Annual CSAA Conference:

June 14-17, 2015

Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York

Brochure (Page1)

Brochure (Page 2)

 The CSAA Annual Conference draws a diverse group of participants from many different organizations, museums, academic institutions as well as cultural and heritage centers. Each year, the CSAA Annual Conference provide museum personnel, teachers, staff, faculty and students, preservationists, historians and re-enactors from across the country, with an intimate forum to exchange ideas, discuss their current activities, programs and issues with colleagues in the field. With such an energetic atmosphere, wide choice of activities, dynamic events, educational sessions and networking opportunities, you do not want to miss this.

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  FacebookTwitterGoogle+,  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.

Travel Times Conference

Sarah presenting at LauraPalooza 2012
Sarah presenting at LauraPalooza 2012

This month’s Travel Times is just mean talking about one of my favorite things to do on vacation, attend conferences.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/trundlebedtales/2013/05/12/travel-times-conferences

I wanted to share a couple of the conferences I mentioned.

Country School Association of America – Registration Information
https://trundlebedtales.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/csaa-2013-registration-is-open

Association of Living History Farms and Museums
http://www.alhfam.org/?cat_id=350&nav_tree=111,117,350

Association of Rural and Small Libraries
http://arsl.info/category/conference2

Midwest Archives Conference
http://www.midwestarchives.org

Children’s Literature Festival in Warrensburg, MO
http://guides.library.ucmo.edu/clf

Midwest Open-air Museum Coordinating Council
http://www.momcc.org/conferences.html

CSAA 2013 Registration is Open

One-Room School on Ingalls Homestead De Smet SD
One-Room School on Ingalls Homestead
De Smet SD

We would like to invite you to attend the Country School Association of America’s 13th annual conference, which is being held from Sunday, June 16th through Wednesday, June 19th at Berry College in beautiful northern Georgia.  This year, for the first time, you have a wide range of choices for registration and payment:

1)  Online registration with payment by credit card

2)  Online registration with payment by mail

3)  Paper registration with payment and registration by mail

Please check out the Conference Information Sheet to gain a better understanding of the conference and registration process before you go online to register.
http://www.countryschoolassociation.org/CSAA%202013%20CONF%20INFO%20SHEET.pdf

Every year we organize a conference where we invite a diverse group of participants from many different organizations, museums, academic institutions as well as cultural and heritage centers. Each year, we provide museum personnel, teachers, staff, faculty and students, preservationists, historians and re-enactors from across the country, with an intimate forum to exchange ideas, discuss their current activities, programs and issues with colleagues in the field.  With such an energetic atmosphere, wide choice of activities, dynamic events, educational sessions and networking opportunities, you do not want to miss this event.

*** PLEASE NOTE: In this new registration process, when you see the big “green button”, ensure you make the correct selection for the payment you are going to use. (check or credit card as indicated below).  If paying by check, you can still “register” online, but will mail the check to the address provided online.

To register online, go to our website and follow the link provided on the home page.  http://www.CountrySchoolAssociation.org

Annual Conference financial aid and work exchange program deadlines are one week away.  Check under Awards & Grants on our website above.

We are looking forward to welcoming you to Berry College, just north of Rome, Georgia in June.

Should further information be required, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Thanks

Richard Lewis
CSAA
richard.lewis-1@nasa.gov

CSAA 2013 Call for Papers

School at Homestead
School at Ingalls Homestead

The Country School Association of America has once again put out its call for papers for the 2013 conference. This year’s conference will be held in Georgia at an old and storied campus. It is scheduled for June 17-19, 2013 Berry College Mount Berry, Georgia. I hope that you will get a chance to come and if not, next year’s conference will move back to the Midwest.

CSAA 2013 Call for Proposals

One-Room School Listserv

One-Room School
One-Room School

One of my projects is to serve as listmistress of the one-room school listserv, the official listserv of the Country School Association of America (CSAA). http://www.countryschoolassociation.org/
I just finished inviting the new people from the conference attendees, so now would be a great time for you to consider joining to.

You can find us at:
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/oneroom/

Or you can send me your address at info@trundlebedtales.com and I’ll send you an invitation.

You do NOT have to be a member of CSAA to join, although we hope you’ll consider it.

It’s a quiet listserv, we don’t get a lot of activity, but we give you some place to ask a question and share your one-room school discoveries. I hope to see you there!

You can also follow my unofficial Twitter feed which I hope to do some more exciting things in the new year.
https://twitter.com/1RmSchool

Busy Week

This was a great week, but incredibly busy. I really shouldn’t have agree to do so much in one week, but it just sort of snowballed. I started out at the Country School Association of America, the national one-room school conference.

http://www.countryschoolassociation.org

This time’s national meeting was at Ankeny, Iowa. It started out on Sunday with the Board Meeting. Unfortunately our president was struck ill en route and had to turn back, so our secretary had to step up to run the meeting and I got chosen to be acting secretary at both the Board Meeting and the Annual Membership Meeting.  It’s a great group and I learned a lot. I was especially interested in Sue Daniels making a primary report on her 10 year long research project to document the manufacturers of school desks and two math professors from Illinois who have the world’s largest collection of cyphering books who gave a presentation about them and how they were used.  The conference always keeps us busy morning to night.

I drove home from Des Moines area on Tuesday night getting home about 10:30 PM and then had a great class from Wednesday through Friday noon through Grant Wood AEA and the State Archeologist office. They were walking us through the Project Archeology Curriculum. Not only was the curriculum itself very good (look for a post on it later), but we got walked through the archeological dig on the Hoover blacksmith shop in 1971 which was incredible. I actually learned some things I didn’t know about the Hoover Historic Site which doesn’t happen often. The Hoover Presidential Library 50th Anniversary of Museum – Dining with the Presidents were both really interesting too.

http://www.projectarchaeology.org

Then Friday afternoon I was at the Oxford Public Library dealing with brand new patron computers, trying to help with a community groups Heritage Microfilm project (they aren’t answering any inquiries), and this week’s summer reading project, and some cataloging. In between I worked on an online class I’m taking through the AEA called Introduction to Online Learners. It’s using a different online platform than I have before and it’s been very interesting.

Saturday I finished up some projects and attended a party for LeighAnn Randak who has done some amazing things with the Johnson County Historical Society and is now leaving for an exciting new project. Then I worked on catching up over the weekend.

There was even more than that going on this weekend though because sadly I missed Laura Ingalls Wilder Days in Burr Oak, Iowa.
http://www.lauraingallswilder.us/laura-days

I also was very sorry to miss the L.M. Montgomery Institute at Prince Edward Island.
http://www.lmmontgomery.ca

But you can’t do anything, which is why I didn’t have many posts last week. I hope to do better. The good news is that I have lots more stuff to talk about.

CSAA 2012 Registration Open

Ingalls Homestead De Smet SD

Registration is  now open for the Country School Association’s Annual Conference.  The theme this year is Preserving an American Icon and it will be held outside Des Moines, in Ankeny, Iowa from June 17th through the 20th.  Please find time in your busy schedule to attend this very informative gathering with its world renowned, post conference schoolhouse bus tour/workshop.  To register online please go to: www.countryschoolassociation.org.

The deadline to submit your proposals is fast approaching.  If you would like to speak at the conference, we are soliciting topics in all areas involving country school preservation, operation, history, restoration, volunteering, teaching, re-enacting  including fund raising, grant writing, and website development.  Proposals can take the form of traditional presentation, poster sessions, panel discussions, photographic presentations, artistic and antique displays, reenactments, as well as video and Internet presentations.   To submit a proposal, please go to: www.countryschoolassociation.org/CallforProposals.pdf .