Exploring Columbia County Schoolhouses
Single Room Schoolhouses in Columbia County
(Currently Installed Within the Ichabod Crane Schoolhouse)
“In May of 1934, my brother and I entered this one-room school
upon moving from the 'big city', and a large public grade school...
It was quite different moving from a classroom of 40-50 pupils
to a school where there were 15-20 in the whole school!”
-- Evelyn Zander (Monthie), student of Oak Ridge School in 1934
One-room schoolhouses defined American education for over 250 years
One-room schoolhouses defined American education for over 250 years and created a comforting, tight-knit educational experience for children in rural America.
Over 100 school districts dotted Columbia County landscapes throughout the late 1800s, each with its own one-room schoolhouse. The 1920s began a gradual change resulting with today's seven major school districts.
This exhibition brings forth the childhood memories of local individuals that attended Columbia County one-room schoolhouses. It explores the repurposed homes, farm buildings, community buildings, museum sites, and roadside ruins that express this legacy in American culture.
This exhibition is made possible by the generosity of
Brian Ruhl & Ozgur Ozar