ERIC Number: ED218048
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: 0
Architectural Aspects of Kansas Country Schools. Country School Legacy: Humanities on the Frontier.
Haack, Paul A.; And Others.
Three surveys deal with the architectural aspects of country schools in eastern, western and northeastern Kansas. Although country schools of the late 1800's and early 1900's often sprang up before there were pupils to attend them, the surveys reveal that many early schools were 3-month subscription schools which generally did not have their own separately maintained school building. Early school buildings are shown to be dugouts, sod, log, plank, limestone block, or brick structures. The typical early country school is described as being one-story, one-room structures made of wood, having a limestone or concrete foundation, no indoor plumbing, and generally having a porch or vestibule at the entry. The survey also states these structures were painted white and about one-third of them had a cupola-bell tower, one or two doors (to separate sexes), three to four windows which furnished light, and a pot-bellied stove which furnished heat. A description of an outdoor privy is provided along with discussion concerning wells or cisterns for the water supply, regulation school building plans, school yards, furnishings, and locations. It was found that old country schools are being preserved as historical sites, museums, or community centers. (AH)
Publication Type: Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NFAH), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Mountain Plains Library Association, Silt, CO. Country School Legacy Project.
Identifiers: Country School Legacy Project; Kansas
Note: For related documents, see RC 013 455-459, ED 211 243-254, and ED 211 266-280.