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David Burton
Civic Communications Specialist
2400 S. Scenic Ave.
Springfield, MO 65807
417-881-8909
417-881-8058
burtond@missouri.edu

December 8, 2017


"Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room
Schools" is Now Available for Purchase


SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The "Missouri Directory of Historic and One-Room Schools" has been published and is now available for purchase on Amazon.com, CreateSpace.com or at the Greene County MU Extension office in Springfield.

The directory was created as part of the University of Missouri Extension community development program known as the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance. The book costs $15.50 and all proceeds benefit the administration of the Greene County Extension office.

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, civic communication 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 revisions of the publication. An updated listing of the historic schools being included in the directory can be found online at http://bit.ly/MoSchoolsTOC.

Written submissions and photos can be submitted by email (burtond@missouri.edu) or mailed to David Burton, Greene County Extension, 2400 S. Scenic Ave, Springfield, Mo. 65807.

"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."

MHSA has a mission to research, restore and maintain one-room schools in Missouri. Participants in this MU Extension program work with individuals interested in preserving the state's one-room schools as a means of community and economic development. MHSA then works with local groups and building owners to establish non-profit organizations to preserve these schools and to create active rural community hubs. To date, MHSA has assisted, instructed and advised these success stories: 12 school restorations, 14 books on historical schools, eight historic nominations, 21 articles with statewide and national exposure.

More information about the Missouri Historic Schools Alliance, including a membership form, is available online at http://extension.missouri.edu/greene/ocsa.aspx.


Source: David Burton, (417) 881-8909

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