Schoolhouses of Minnesota

Schoolhouses of Minnesota

by Doug Ohman
     
 

On the flat windy prairie,
The only thing not moving

Was a small red schoolhouse.
 
So opens Schoolhouses of Minnesota, a magical foray into the nearly forgotten world of one-acre school grounds, kerosene lanterns, coal-burning stoves, and old desks that eventually had sixty years’ worth of initials scraped into them. In

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On the flat windy prairie,
The only thing not moving

Was a small red schoolhouse.
 
So opens Schoolhouses of Minnesota, a magical foray into the nearly forgotten world of one-acre school grounds, kerosene lanterns, coal-burning stoves, and old desks that eventually had sixty years’ worth of initials scraped into them. In the fourth book in his popular Minnesota Byways series, photographer Doug Ohman once again treats readers to the fruits of his state travels —including a trip to Minnesota’s last remaining one-room schoolhouse in Angle Inlet—with 120 color photographs that illuminate the simple, often abandoned, sometimes refurbished, and nearly vanishing Minnesota pioneer and early schoolhouses.
 Bridging the past with the present, critically acclaimed writer Jim Heynen complements Ohman’s images with twenty-five beautifully crafted tales on the evolution of lunch pails, the consolidation of rural schools, profiles of bullies and teachers’ pets, and the timeless wish of schoolchildren of all generations—school closing on “snow days”! Heynen, who learned to read and write in a one-room schoolhouse, uses his trademark wit and down-to-earth style to bring back memories of the early days of Minnesota education, taught by hundreds of rural teachers across the state to thousands of farm and town kids alike.        

Editorial Reviews

"On the flat windy prairie, / The only thing not moving / Was a small red schoolhouse." Doug Ohman's architectural photographs resonate with the stark simplicity and integrity of the historic Midwest. Like his Churches of Minnesota and Courthouses of Minnesota, this book illuminates the virtues of other eras without lecturing or scolding. In this volume, Ohman's stately images are enhanced by an affectionate, down-to-earth text penned by St. Olaf College writer in residence Jim Heynen, who learned to read and write in one-room Minnesota schoolhouse.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780873515481
Publisher:
Minnesota Historical Society Press
Publication date:
09/01/2006
Series:
Minnesota Byways Series
Pages:
128
Sales rank:
705,386
Product dimensions:
8.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author


Doug Ohman is a photographer and popular public speaker. His photographs are featured in the Minnesota Byways series, which includes Barns of Minnesota, Churches of Minnesota, and Courthouses of Minnesota (all MHS Press). Jim Heynen has published widely, including his most recent story collection, The Boys House (MHS Press), and is Writer in Residence at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota.

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