Nostalgic reminders of a time now past, one-room schoolhouses are deeply embedded in our heritage. Decades after their original purpose and inhabitants have vanished, they dot the rural landscape in all conditions, from neglected and near collapse to handsomely renovated places repurposed into a new existence as living quarters. Today no matter their state they stand as miniature gems of nineteenth-century American history as well as charming examples of rural architecture---above all, things to be treasured and preserved. Mary Keithan's Michigan One-Room Schoolhouses is a beautifully illustrated chronicle that details nearly a hundred of the state's early schoolhouses. Together with information about each schoolhouse's architecture and history, including interviews with former students and teachers, Keithan's photographs bring these structures back to life and assure their place in history.
Mary Keithan is a professional photographer living in Ray, Michigan. Her previous books include Michigan's Heritage Barns and A Time in Michigan: A Photographic Series. New York Times critic Vicki Goldberg selected Keithan's 1995 image "Desert Storm Barn" for the Light Impression Biennial.
"Mary Keithan has made an important contribution to our knowledge of a segment of Michigan's architectural history. These are no grand buildings, but they are the remnants of an important chapter in Michigan education. This segment of Michigan's architectural history deserves to be preserved, and Mary Keithan has accomplished this beautifully. "
—Lawrence B. Schlack, The Michigan Historical Review
Copyright © 2008, Mary Keithan. All rights reserved. Posted June 2008.
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