Lunch pails, blackboards, chalk, apples for the teacher—these things are reminiscent of the classrooms and schools of yesterday. Nearly forgotten in this age of cafeterias, white boards, and iPads, is the world of one-acre school grounds, kerosene lanterns, coal-burning stoves, and desks that bear 60 years worth of carved initials. Nearly forgotten, but not entirely.
This immersion bridges past with the present to celebrate the architecture, history, and stories of Minnesota’s pioneer schoolhouses and vintage school buildings. The day will begin with a visual presentation detailing the beauty and diversity to be found in some of the state’s earliest houses of learning.
We’ll then embark on a bus tour of several historic schools, including Burschville Township School (a little red schoolhouse from the 19th century); Cahill School and Grange (the oldest surviving building in Edina); Pratt School (oldest school in Minneapolis); and Saint Joseph Academy (relocated twice and expanded several times).
Throughout the day, we’ll commemorate the state’s often abandoned, sometimes refurbished, and nearly vanishing early schoolhouses, and pay tribute to those teachers and students who spent hours toiling between the schools’ walls.
Tuition includes transportation, meals, and refreshments. Itinerary subject to change.
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Doug Ohman, B.A., University of Minnesota, is a photographer and historian whose photographs are featured in numerous books published by Minnesota Historical Press, including Prairie, Lake, Forest: Minnesota’s State Parks (2010), Courthouses of Minnesota (2006), Barns of Minnesota (2005), Churches of Minnesota (2005), and Schoolhouses of Minnesota (2006).