RSIP Educator Letter

Dear Educator,

The Henry County Museum is offering a one-day immersion program in which students experience what it was like to attend a one-room schoolhouse in the 1890s. The setting is the historic Highland School, which was moved from rural Calhoun to the grounds of the Homestead, across from the museum in Clinton.

Students arrive between 9 a.m. and 9:30 a.m., and when the bell is rung, enter and sit at wooden desks, boys on one side and girls on the other. Lessons include mathematics on slate tablets, a spelling bee and penmanship practice with pen and ink. McGuffey’s Reader is used for reading groups, and pull-down maps for geography lessons. For recess, students can play old-fashioned games in the schoolyard.

Lunch will have to be provided by the school district or students can bring their lunch in a pail (see pre-visit activity). The school day ends between 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., all times are flexible to work with bus schedules.

The program is designed for 3rd through 8th grades. Attendance is limited to 28 students. The fee is $2 per child and $4 for adults, with one teacher admitted free. Please bring one adult for every 6 students in addition to the teacher to help with supervision. This is a great way to involve parents or grandparents.

The Henry County Rural School Immersion Program is available from mid-April through mid-October. To schedule, email the Henry County Museum at hcmuseum1@gmail.com. Requests for the program should be made at least three weeks in advance.

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity for your students to go back in time by stepping through the door of Highland School. Please assist us getting the word out to the classroom instructors by forwarding to appropriate staff.

Children’s Corner
Henry County Museum
203 West Franklin Street
Clinton, Missouri 64735

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