Missouri Historic Schools Alliance

Formerly the Ozarks Country School Association, the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance has a mission to research, restore and maintain one-room schools in Missouri. Participants in this MU Exension program work with individuals interested in preserving the state's one-room schools as a means of community and economic development. The Missouri Historic Schools Alliance works with local groups and building owners to establish non-profit organizations to preserve these schools create active rural community hubs once again. Membership form.

Books Available for Purchase

These books are available from David Burton, coordinator of the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance, a program of Greene County Extension. Another book that will profile the best one-room schools in Missouri is under development.

"A History of the Rural Schools in Greene County, Mo." is available for purchase online and this page includes a book description. Also available here on Amazon.

A new book, "Driving Tour of One-Room Schools in the Ozarks" is also available for purchase online. This book is also available here on Amazon.

Liberty School Project

MU Extension is working with the Gray Campbell Farmstead to move Liberty School to Nathanael Greene Park. Liberty School served the community from the mid-1800s until consolidation with Fair Grove in 1951. Informational brochure (PDF). | Overview video about school

Presentations

Organizations may request a presentation on the history of rural schools. Presentations range from a half-hour to a half-day. The cost is $55 per hour plus travel expenses. Contact David Burton, burtond@missouri.edu, for more information or to schedule.

Creating an Oral History Project

The Greene County Extension class entitled "Creating an Oral History Project" was very popular. Materials used in that class are available for purchase.  Order Online (PDF download).

A History of Me

Our popular booklet that asks the questions you need to answer to create a special heirloom gift focused on your life history or the life story of a loved one. Order "A History of Me" (PDF)

Renovate or Replace?

Have a one-room school and wondering what to do with it? This packet is designed to answer that and other questions related to historic schools and also contains information about grants and financial resources. Renovate or Replace Order Online (PDF)

Programs Offered by David Burton

 

David Burton is the communication specialist for the Southwest Region and the county program director for the Greene County Extension center. But what you might not know is that he also does a variety of programs related to community development, Ozarks history, business writing and more. List of his available programs (PDF)

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