Lake County Schoolhouses

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The quaint, one-room schoolhouse of the untamed frontier looms large in the collective image of the American West. The stories that surround these schoolhouses have become embedded in the nation's cultural memory: the hardships of having to walk miles to and from school, the often cramped quarters within, and the harsh lessons learned at the hand—or ruler—of the teacher. More often than not, these stories are told with a sense of nostalgia for the bygone era of rural education. This book explores the myths and realities of these iconic buildings in one rural county in California. Although this volume focuses on just a single region, the important role these schools played in the lives of those they served (or did not serve) speaks to the wider influence of schools and education throughout early California.
ISBN: 9781467116213
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: California
Series: Images of America
Images: 183
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Antone R.E. Pierucci, the curator of Lake County Museums, brings together disparate sources and photographs to explore education in 19th and early 20th century Lake County. Pierucci is uniquely situated to speak on this subject since one of the museums he directs is the Lower Lake Schoolhouse Museum, which is housed in the 1877 Lower Lake Grammar School.
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