Books by Myrna Grove available by mail order


Publication Date: January, 2000

Publisher: Masthof Press, Morgantown, PA

Hardcover, 142 pages, 15 Chapters

140 black and white photographs

Seven page Teachers Guide with “Activities for Visiting a One-Room School”

Age Interest: Junior High through Adult

Cost: $17 (Plus $3 for shipping)

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Legacy of One-Room Schools

by Myrna Grove

This photo-illustrated book gives an overview of late 19th century and early 20th century education in Ohio and the other five states in the former Northwest Territory. From the first log schools to frame and brick schools, the text describes how laws organized districts, how teachers were recruited, how lessons were taught, what classroom furnishings were used and how consolidation brought about changes.

Over 140 black and white photographs help portray daily lessons and the past and current conditions of a sampling of one-room school architecture. School pictures are included from the states of Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Pennsylvania. A Teachers Guide with suggestions for activities is included at the end.

The book’s author and photographer, Myrna Grove, has been an elementary teacher in Ohio since the 1970s. The author shares, “My mother began her teaching career in 1938 in a one-room school in Williams County, Ohio. My own fourth grade students delighted in hearing about the past, and I took them on field trips to nearby restored schools to experience the one-room school era. Ohio was the first state organized from the Northwest Territory, and the book’s text emphasizes its development of education, and how surrounding states followed that example.”

Excerpt from the Book’s Introduction

   Beside graveled back roads in the rural countryside, the casual traveler often passes by the remnants of a past era. In the overgrown brush stands an isolated, rectangular building with sagging brick walls, broken-out windows, and a lop-sided bell tower. Or, the traveler sees a gray, unpainted frame structure, covered with vines and open to the creatures of nature. Cornstalks and fields of wheat hug the darkened walls, and black iron pump handles rise above nearby quack grass. The decaying buildings give only a hint of their former use and importance.

Editorial Review - Fort Wayne, Indiana, Journal Gazette, January 27, 2000

  “The book addresses the whys and wherefores of the one-room school. It’s a good resource for teachers. Very few books make comparisons of back then to nowadays. Readers remember past times and how society was close-knit and provided more community support.”

To place an order, please print out and complete a Book Order Form, then send it with a check or money order payable to Myrna Grove at:

  1. Myrna Grove

  2. P.O. Box 801

  3. Bryan, OH  43506

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