- Mary Keithan's book, Michigan One-Room Schoolhouses provides an assortment of pictures showing the variety of architecture in nearly 100 schools still in Michigan. Interviews also add some history, but the book's strong point is its photography. My only regret is she didn't include two room schools as they were quite common, too. As schools grew it provided an easy way to divide the students.
- Michigan One-Room Schoolhouse Association is dedicated to locating and preserving the schools. Go there to find the schools. To find similar organizations in other states, go to the Country School Association of America - Associations and Groups and the Little Red Schoolhouse Historical Society which provides miscellaneous resources on its "Tour Guide" page and also a Forum for questions and discussion.
- School Days is an excellent overview from the Michigan Historical Museum combining quotes with facts to show the transitions and variety that formed rural schools.
- One-Room School Lessons is a lesson plan showing those transitions from pioneer schools to the schools of the late 19th and early 20th century. Since my own rural teacher comes from approximately 100 years ago, I'm delighted to have this site. Another bit of "our tax dollars at work" we are fortunate to find still available on the internet even after the Michigan Department of History, Arts, and Libraries was juggled about in governmental restructuring.
- There is even a Yahoo listserv One-room School - Yahoo group.
For more on schools of the past, the next post here is on The Buildings.