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One-Room Country Schools
History and Recollections
Jerry Apps

From 1791, when the first school was established in what is now Wisconsin, to the 1960s, when consolidation was finally complete, the one-room schoolís history has been one of growth and change. One-Room Country Schools includes unique memories and shared recollections from the people who learned and taught in the one-room schools of Wisconsin.

Jerry Apps was born and raised on a central Wisconsin farm, a mile from the Chain OíLake one-room country school, which he attended for eight years. Professor emeritus of education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, he devotes most of his time to writing about rural America, especially the upper Midwest. Apps has also written several education books including Teaching from the Heart, Mastering the Teaching of Adults, and Study Skills for Adults Returning to School. Among his many popular books about Wisconsinís heritage, the most recent is his Ames County series, starting with The Travels of Increase Joseph.

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cover of this book by Apps is a collage of photos about one-room schools

January 2005
LC: 96-007046 LC
240 pp.  7 x 10
69 b/w photos, 26 illus., 1 map

ISBN 978-0-942495-53-9
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