Missouri Historic Schools Newsletter

The Historic Schools Quarterly is the official newsletter of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance (MHSA). The newsletter is written, edited and produced by David Burton, a civic communication specialist with University of Missouri Extension.

Most recent newsletters are linked first. Newsletters from 2013 and back are posted here for download. After May 2014, non-MHSA members must purchase a newsletter at www.distribly.com. That can be done here with the provided links. Paid members of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance will receive their printed copy of the quarterly newsletter (Historic Schools Quarterly) in the mail.

Click on the volume and issue numbers to order a copy of that publication.

Vol. 7, Issue 2: May 2016: Table of contents includes these stories: Cave Springs is Now a County Park, Memories from Lost Camp School, Iowa School Bill a Perfect Fit for Preserving Missouri, Photos of Robert McCormick on Pinterest, Memories from Ionia School and Historic Pleasant Ridge School. Download here (PDF)

Vol. 7, Issue 1: February 2016 issue is 40+ pages and free.  Download here (PDF)

Vol. 6, Issue 3: the November 2015 issue is 22-pages and includes information on Garrison School, changes at Cave Springs School, Greenwood School in Marshfield and a great spread on the increased interest in preserving old school buildings.

Vol. 6, Issue 2: June 2015 includes: 24-page issue includes a story on Alice School in Texas County and the efforts of one family to restore it; article on Kage School in Cape Girardeau, a feature on Higgerson School in New Madrid, profile of a new book on the one-room schools of Johnson County, an a research article entitled, “Architecture of Missouri’s One-Teacher Schools.”

Vol 6, Issue 1: March 2015 includes: Highlights of our 28-page March 2015 issue includes a profile of Phelps School in Lawrence County, efforts to restore Center School near Ash Grove, the historic nomination of St. Elmo School near Republic, an inventory of the “one-room schoolhouse oral history project” conducted by the Missouri Historical Society along with other information.

Vol. 5, Issue 4: November 2014 includes: features stories on the newly renovated Liberty School, the 100th Anniversary of Greenwood School, the restoration of Mt. Sterling School, a new book on Jasper County Schools, a progress report on renovation at New Bethel School and efforts to save Phelps School in Lawrence County.

Vol 5, Issue 3: August 2014 includes: Profile of Pony School in St. Joe, Mo., Getting Tourists to Slow Down for Small Town Heritage, Amish One-Room Schools in Missouri, Iowa Law Establishes Grant for One-Room Schools, Case Study: Cave Springs School in Jasper County and Kings Prairie School Profile. (Purchase PDF online)

Vol 5, Issue 2, May 2014 includes: Franklin Academy, Glade Springs School, Teacher certification, MHSA board of directors, Liberty school on the move. (Purchase PDF online)

March 2014 email issue (Vol 5, Issue 1)

August 2013 email issue (Vol. 4, Issue 2)

July 2013 email issue (Vol 4, Issue 1)

Vol 3, Issue 4 (22 pages) includes: Silver Dollar City School, Pony School Bus, School in Bellview, Mount Hope School, Mount Gilead School , Newcomer School, Franklin Academy, Liberty School 4-H, Story Creek School, Wooley Creek School, Pony School

Vol. 3, Issue 3 (20 pages) includes: American Schools, Little Moore School, Swadley Kidnapped, Boston Center, Olive Hampton, CSAA in Iowa, Bunker Hill School, Student memories

Vol 3, Issue 2 (22 pages) includes:  Words of H.P. Study, Coleman Corner., South Dakota Schools, Enterprise School, Chapman School, Publicizing Your Event, Greasy Creek Update, Student memories , Star School, Oral history productions, Oral history interviews, McGuffey Readers

Vol. 3 Issue 1 (20 pages) includes: Assorted news items, Alley Springs School, Movie location database includes 2 schools, Proper method for DNR photo submissions, Baldwin (Mo) School, Texas County School: Brownhill, Student memories, Oral History Project, Restoration Success Story, Teacher Strikes in the Ozarks, Lessons I’ve Learned at One-Room Schools

Vol. 2, Issue 4 (28 pages) includes: Schuyler School Helps with Community, Question and answers on funding, A Desk for Billie review, New Bethel School Efforts Grow, Memories from students, Good Ole’ Days student photos, Historic School Summit recap, Renovation success at Bethel, Ill., Renovate or replace? A comprehensive overview of what is needed, what works, Checklist for renovation, Secrete School in Oklahoma

Vol. 2, Issue 3 (20 pages) includes: Driving Tour of Texas County Schools, Historic Curtains, Student memories and letters, The Good ‘Ole Days Photos, Historic Schools in Missouri, Making of a Documentary, Newport School in Barton County, Fundraisers at Schuyler, Star School Now Open, Higgerson School State Park, New Bethel Renovation Efforts.

Vol. 2, Issue 2 (20 pages) includes: Sycamore School in Lawrence County, Our first Historic Schools Summit, Memories from Mt. Pleasant, Beulah, Bois D’Arc, Saving Cave Springs School in Jasper Cnty, Wolfe School on a Century Farm, Union Chapel School Saved, Liberty School Fundraiser, Past, Present and Future of One-room Schools, A history of me, Our schools worth saving?, One-room schools on college campuses, Willey School North of Willard, Schools in the snow photo essay.

Vol. 2, Issue 1 (20 pages) includes: MSU’s 1905 school, Organizational business, Memories from Plummer School, 1901 Graduates of Pleasant Valley, 600 One-room Schools Still Operating, Researching Historic Schools, Who Gets Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate, Old Schoolhouses in Iowa Find New Lives, Assorted Historic Photos, Renovation of Wooley Creek School, Historic Schools Receive Lowes Grant, Why Preserve an Historic School?, Liberty School Reunion and List of National Historic School Sites

Vol. 1, Issue 1 (8 pages) includes: Coleman School story, Start of OCSA, Memories from Mt. Pisgah (1949), Mt. Sterling near Gasconade Renovated, Organizational news, and Performing at Bell Victory.