Historic Schools Summit

The Historic Schools Summit brings together people from the Midwest who are interested in heritage tourism and the community use of historic one-room schools. The first conference was held in 2011 at the Springfield-Greene County Botanical Center in Natanael Greene Park, Springfield, Mo.

This annual conference explores the importance of one-room schools, along with preservation, restoration, adaptation, use and interpretation. Guest speakers include former one-room school teachers, building owners who have completed renovation projects, historical researchers, MU Extension specialists as well as preservation professionals address topics relevant to the preservation and use of one-room schools in Missouri.

Agenda for the 2011 event: Conference agenda and registration packet (PDF)

Summary of 2011 event: Historic School Summit Report (PDF)

Pictures from the 2011 conference: Historic School Summit photos

Request for proposals

Proposals are being accepting for presentations, panel discussions, research papers, workshops, dramatic programs or plays, and demonstrations. Poster sessions, as well film and video, also are being sought. Topics may include:

  • Research related to one-room schools,including teacher training, unearthing site history, architectural significance or school consolidation history.
  • Preservation, including funding, staffing, promotion, strategies and success stories.
  • Management, including caring for and collecting artifacts, developing a collection policy, storage and exhibition, and finding uses for restored historic schools.
  • Programming, including how buildings are being used today.

Proposals should sent to David Burton at burtond@missouri.edu.