Missouri Historic Schools Alliance

The Missouri Historic Schools Alliance (MHSA) has a mission to research, restore and maintain one-room schools in Missouri. Participants in this MU Exension program work with individuals interested in preserving the state's one-room schools as a means of community and economic development. The Missouri Historic Schools Alliance works with local groups and building owners to establish non-profit organizations to preserve these schools create active rural community hubs once again. To date, MHSA has assisted, instructed and advised these success stories: 12 school restorations, 18 books on historic schools, 8 historic nominations, 24 articles with statewide and national exposure.

Subscribe to MHSA Email Blasts

Receive notification of our quarterly newsletter as well as other news related to historic schools in Missouri by subscribing to our email list. Subscribe here.

Memberships Makes Mission Possible

Members receive an informative quarterly newsletter focused on the historic schools of Missouri. Members also receive notices of events and other news about area historic schools as part of an email network. But most important, membership fees help fund the MU Extension staff time and resources needed to help meet the mission of MHSA.| Membership form.

Missouri Directory of One-Room Schools

The first edition of the "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" is available for download. The publication has details on about 50 schools in Missouri. Owners or groups who want to add their school to the directory can do so using this form. Purchase your own digital copy today: Mo Schools Directory PDF. A new printed version is targeted for release in August of 2016. 

Books Available for Purchase

These books are available from David Burton, coordinator of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance, a program of Greene County Extension. Another book that will profile the best one-room schools in Missouri is under development.

"A History of the Rural Schools in Greene County, Mo." is available for purchase online and this page includes a book description. Also available here on Amazon.

A new book, "Driving Tour of One-Room Schools in the Ozarks" is also available for purchase online. This book is also available here on Amazon.

Art and Cultural Heritage Tourism

"Arts and Cultural Heritage Tourism" curriculum from MU Extension. Informational flyer (PDF) | Handouts from David Burton: Art-Culture Workshop PPTStorytelling Festival | Oral History PPT | Oral History Questions | Oral History Permission Form | Word of Mouth Marketing | Tips to Publicize Event | Tips for Marketing and Brochures | Diffusion Theory and Opinion Leaders | Most Unique Missouri Festivals | Organizational Lessons from Project Management Newswriting for Non-Journalists

Liberty School Project

MU Extension worked with the Gray Campbell Farmstead to move Liberty School to Nathanael Greene Park where it is today. Liberty School served the community from the mid-1800s until consolidation with Fair Grove in 1951. Informational brochure (PDF).


Organizations may request a presentation on the history of rural schools. Presentations range from a half-hour to a half-day. The cost is $55 per hour plus travel expenses. Contact David Burton, burtond@missouri.edu, for more information or to schedule.

Creating an Oral History Project

The Greene County Extension class entitled "Creating an Oral History Project" was very popular. Materials used in that class are available for purchase.  Order Online (PDF download).

A History of Me

Our popular booklet that asks the questions you need to answer to create a special heirloom gift focused on your life history or the life story of a loved one. Order "A History of Me" (PDF)

Renovate or Replace?

Have a one-room school and wondering what to do with it? This packet is designed to answer that and other questions related to historic schools and also contains information about grants and financial resources. Renovate or Replace Order Online (PDF)

Programs Offered by David Burton

David Burton is the communication specialist for the Southwest Region and the county program director for the Greene County Extension center. But what you might not know is that he also does a variety of programs related to community development, Ozarks history, business writing and more. List of his available programs (PDF)