From 1791, when the first school was established in what is now Wisconsin, to the 1960s, when consolidation was finally complete, the one-room school’s history has been one of growth and change. In One-Room Country Schools, this history along with unique memories and shared recollections from the people who learned and taught in the one-room schools of Wisconsin tell the story of these institutions of learning.
|Publisher:||University of Wisconsin Press|
|Product dimensions:||7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Jerry Apps was born and raised on a central Wisconsin farm. He is a former county extension agent and professor emeritus for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Today he works as a rural historian, full-time writer, and creative writing instructor.
Jerry is the author of more than forty fiction, nonfiction, and children’s books with topics ranging from barns, one-room schools, cranberries, cucumbers, cheese factories, and the humor of mid-America to farming with horses and the Ringling Brothers circus. He and his wife, Ruth, have three grown children, seven grandchildren, and one great-grandson. They divide their time between their home in Madison and their farm, Roshara, in Waushara County.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I liked it because it is history and I live in Wisconsin. I feel certain that, although it was directed to a particular rural area and state, there is a lot here that is applicable to any rural area of the time. It is sprinkled with anecdotes and period photographs, and this adds to it's appeal. However, it is somewhat pedantic at times, and it is rather dry reading. If you are a history buff and/or an educator, it has distinct appeal. This book was provided by the author or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of LibraryThing.
Having attended a one room school for eight years, this book brought back memories of those wonderful days. Our education was wonderful. It was more than just book learning. We learned to share and get along with others and to help each other. The big kids helped the little ones. I do have to dispute one comment in the book. In our community in four years, three of the valdictorians of the high school came from our one room school.