The "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" has been published and is now available for purchase on or at the University of Missouri Extension Center in Greene County in Springfield.

The directory was created as a part of the MU Extension community development program known as the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance. The book costs $16 and all proceeds benefit the administration of the Greene County extension office.

The directory can be ordered by mail also by sending $16 plus $2 for shipping to MU Extension in Greene County, 2400 S. Scenic Ave., Springfield, MO 65807.

The book details and photos on over 60 of the very best historic one-room schools in the state.

“The idea was to create a ‘Who’s Who’ type of directory of historical and one-room schools in the state,” said David Burton, county engagement specialist with MU Extension and author of the book. “We now have a high-quality book that highlights the very best historical schools.”

Individual owners and organizations that own an historic or one-room school in Missouri that is restored or is in the process of being restored can submit information and photos for use in future editions of the publication.

“We want readers and organizations to use this publication as a way to promote heritage tourism in the state and to build our network of school historians and enthusiasts,” said Burton. “That is the reason the directory is designed to showcase the best historic schools in Missouri that are restored or otherwise accessible by the public.”

Burton has been researching, writing and speaking about one-room schools since 1995.

A new brochure designed as a driving tour of the best one-room schools remaining in southwestern Missouri is available for download at

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