Help the Historical Society Earn Grant Money to preserve our Historic
Voting has begun for the 11th Annual Community Awards Program so please
help us earn grant money! We will receive a $25 donation from the
Ion Bank Foundation for every vote (*) we receive!
Every vote counts! If you are an Ion Bank customer, please visit IonBank.com to
vote until March 31, 2020. If you know of friends and family with
accounts at ION Bank, please forward this information to them.
Ion Bank provides a wonderful opportunity for area folks to help
preserve the 1850's one-room schoolhouse moved last year to the
Historical Society's Twitchell-Rowland Homestead museum on Towner Lane.
All money received from this campaign will help us to repair and
restore this unique piece of Oxford's rural heritage.
Another way you can help spread the word is by following @oxfordhistorical
on facebook, and sharing our Ion Bank notices on your social media
pages. Everyone can help! If you're an Ion Bank customer, please vote
for the Oxford Historical Society. If you're not eligible to vote, you
can still help to spread the word. Every vote we receive helps get this
historic treasure ready to be a living history center for children and
* Voting is open to all Ion Bank
customers. One vote per customer, however, for accounts with
multiple owners, each owner may vote. Customers with multiple
accounts may only vote once. Each customer can vote for only one
Current Newsletter features info on Mr. Munn's Schoolhouse: What Did it Look Like?
on the early history of Oxford schools are relatively few. There is a
chapter in History of the Town of Oxford by Norman Litchfield and
Sabina Connolly Hoyt that offers a quote describing a school of the
continuous desk ran around three sides of the room, leaving an aisle
next the wall. It had one long continuous bench, over which the
scholars had to step, in order to be seated. In the open space in front
was the teacher’s table.”
It wasn’t until 1899 that the Board of Education expended $8.20 for 26 desks.
“The school had but one room, which at first was heated by an open fire
place, but which by about 1820, had a cast iron stove. It was the duty
of one of the older boys to see to it that a good supply of firewood
was on hand throughout the winter, and each school morning he had to be
on hand early to build the fire so as to have the room fairly warm
before school opened.
“Generally there were two terms, winter and summer. “The winter term
began the week after Thanksgiving Day and continued twelve to sixteen
weeks...school kept every day in the week except Sunday.”
Download current issue of Making History Every Day in PDF format to see some paintings of typical one-room schoolhouses, interior and exterior.
Or, see the newsletter contents HERE in HTML
Oxford Historical Society
Educator; Move a Schoolhouse
Oxford Historical Society offers area residents an opportunity to honor an
educator, while supporting the preservation of the 1850’s one-room school known
as Mr. Munn’s Schoolhouse. Originally built as a private schoolhouse, it was
later used by the Oxford's First School District as a “select school,” where
advanced students could be prepared for college.
The building, formerly located at 561 Oxford Road, was moved
to the Historical Society's Twitchell-Rowland Homestead Museum campus at 60
Towner Lane. There the Society will restore and preserve the building to offer
children and adults the experience of a day in a one-room schoolhouse.
To support the move, the Society has launched the “Honor an
Educator” program. Supporters can make a $5 donation to the preservation
program in honor of an educator. In return they will receive a special note
card to be sent to the teacher they wish to honor. Donors will also receive an
acknowledgement of their tax-deductible gift to the Society.
Forms to “Honor an Educator” may be found HERE on the Society's website or picked up at the
Town Clerk's Office. They are also available at the Homestead Museum on the
first and third Sundays of each month from 2-4 p.m.
Donations through the Honor an Educator program will enable
the development of a hands-on, living history program that will teach today’s
students about education in Oxford in the past, and honor the heritage of
educators who have helped Oxford’s children become useful members of society.
Your support is appreciated.