May 19th, 2019

“One-Room Schools” Exhibit at Vermont History Museum


“One-Room Schools,” with photography by Diana Mara Henry and research and text by Margaret K. Nelson of Middlebury College, is currently on display at the Vermont History Museum in Montpelier.

Amanda Gustin, public programs coordinator says, “Few people have attended class in a one-room school. This exhibit offers a glimpse into a time when students of every age and grade—and their teacher—gathered in a single room to learn.”

These photos from the 1980s mark the end of an era. The photographer will give a short talk at the opening reception June 6 at The Vermont History Museum at 109 State Street in Montpelier. Refreshments will be served. There will be free admission to the Vermont History Museum from 4pm to 7pm, as part of Montpelier’s Art Walk.

Diana Mara Henry began her career in photojournalism at Radcliffe, as photoeditor of the Harvard Crimson from 1967 to 1969. She received Harvard’s Ferguson History Prize in 1967. Since her first job at NBC News, she has specialized in interpreting social issues and cultural events. Accompanying Diana’s move to Vermont, the Schoolhouse exhibit has been at the Memphremagog Artists Collaborative and the Vermont Folklife Center.

Margaret Nelson is the Hepburn Professor of Sociology at Middlebury College. She teaches courses in the fields of Sociology of Education, Poverty, and Sociology of the Family. Nelson has conducted research in the fields of Women and the Law, Childbirth, the History of Teaching, Family Strategies in Rural Areas, Caregiving, Single Mothers, and, most recently, Surveillance. Professor Nelson has been a member of the Sociology/Anthropology Department since 1975.

The Schoolhouse exhibit will be open through mid-October, 2014—free with admission to the Vermont History Museum. Regular hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Find out more by calling (802) 828-2291 or visit online at vermonthistory.org/calendar.

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