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!


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:
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For On-Line Registration:


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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 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.

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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

(518) 747-3635

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).
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:

Or you can send me your address at 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.

School Lunch Handout Nov. 2012

Today I presented my one-room school lunch program at the Midwest Open-Air Museum Coordinating Council (MOMCC) Conference. (It focuses on living history.) It went really well. Although I would say my research is still in the initial phase, I’m still gathering information, I have been able to identify some initial patterns. I have strong opinions about conference handouts and I think they should be something that you could easily take back and share. So my handouts tend to be one page with a summing up, a list of sources referred to, and in this case I added a second page with the statistics I’ve come up with so far. I wanted to share with everybody.

Lunch Handout Nov 2012

If you haven’t yet filled out my lunch survey and attended or taught in a one or two room school at any time, I’d be very grateful if you did or if you know of anyone who fits that description whose arm you could twist or if you want a batch to handout, just let me know.


One-Room School Lunch Survey Update

One-Room School Lunch Display

For several years I’ve been collecting surveys for what people really took to lunch in one-room schools. So far I’ve got 362 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.  I’ve also collected teaching magazines, parent magazines, and government publications talking about what you should have for school lunch.

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 (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? I’ve found a lot of interesting things.

I’m going to be sharing some of the answers I found so far at the Midwest Open-Air Museum Coordinating Council conference in November, 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, spread the word.


Marshalltown School 1913

Join me as I talk with Julie Lang who has turned the Marshalltown one-rom school into one of the most accurate one-room school re-enactments in the country. Her school is set in 1913 and has many special features from that time period, including an amazing jacketed stove, single light windows, and an account of the circus that really came through town that year and is reported in their local paper. She has reprinted tablets exactly like those used in 1913 and uses the exact text books that they used, not just readers, but all text books.

Julie is still looking for copies of these exact textbooks:

  •  1910 or 1912 Gordon’s 1st Reader
  • 1910 or 1912 Gordon’s 3rd Reader
  • 1907 Brooks’s 2nd Reader
  • 1907 Brooks’s 4th/5th Reader

Julie also recommends these books:

  •  Practical Methods, Aids and Devices, Vol 1 and 2
  • 1918 Cutler and Stone’s Rural School
  • 1913 Colgrove’s The Teacher and the School
  • 1901Wray’s Jean Mitchell’s School
  • 1906 Kern’s Among Country Schools
  • 1912 Carney’s Life and the Country School