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Schoolhouses of Minnesota (Minnesota Byways)

$ 24.95


A rich showcase of Minnesota’s vintage schoolhouses, with stunning photographs by the popular Doug Ohman and short tales by award-winning storyteller Jim Heynen.

On the flat windy prairie,
The only thing not moving
Was a small red schoolhouse.

So opens Schoolhouses of Minnesota, a magical foray into the nearly forgotten world of one-acre school grounds, kerosene lanterns, coal-burning stoves, and old desks that eventually had sixty years’ worth of initials scraped into them. In the fourth book in his popular Minnesota Byways series, photographer Doug Ohman once again treats readers to the fruits of his state travels —including a trip to Minnesota’s last remaining one-room schoolhouse in Angle Inlet—with 120 color photographs that illuminate the simple, often abandoned, sometimes refurbished, and nearly vanishing Minnesota pioneer and early schoolhouses.

Bridging the past with the present, critically acclaimed writer Jim Heynen complements Ohman’s images with twenty-five beautifully crafted tales on the evolution of lunch pails, the consolidation of rural schools, profiles of bullies and teachers’ pets, and the timeless wish of schoolchildren of all generations—school closing on “snow days”! Heynen, who learned to read and write in a one-room schoolhouse, uses his trademark wit and down-to-earth style to bring back memories of the early days of Minnesota education, taught by hundreds of rural teachers across the state to thousands of farm and town kids alike.

  • Text by Jim Heynen. Photography by Doug Ohman 
  • Format: Cloth, 128 pages, 9 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches, 120 color photos
  • Publisher: MNHS Press
  • Product ##: 978-0873515481

Doug Ohman is a photographer and popular public speaker. His photographs are featured in the Minnesota Byways series, which include Barns of Minnesota, Churches of Minnesota, and Courthouses of Minnesota (all from MNHS Press).

Jim Heynen has published widely, including his most recent story collection, The Boys House (MNHS Press), and is Writer in Residence at St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota.

Schoolhouses of Minnesota is the fourth book in the Minnesota Byways series, a sumptuous photographic survey showcasing classic architectural icons and paired with some of the best writers in the state.

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