Survey of Michigan

One-Room Schoolhouses

It is estimated that at one time there were over 7,200 one-room schools in Michigan, and approximately 7,000 of those have been found and documented on our website by Michigan One Room Schoolhouse Association (MORSA) founding board member Suzanne Daniel. Our goal is to continue her work and find them all.


Please, feel free to search for the schools you know and to search for schoolhouse museums.




Due to the corona virus pandemic, we are at this time regretfully cancelling the 2020 MORSA Annual Conference. We will continue to monitor the situation to determine if we can hold it later in 2020. 

Synopsis of May 2019 Conference

  • 44 people registered for the conference 

  • The Conference was held in Delton, MI.

    • The morning session was held at the Delton District Library​

    • The Conference began with a Tribute to founding member and former President and Treasurer, Larry Schlack

    • The new MIORSA website ( was presented by Will Schikorra and Lyn Farquhar

    • "How to Research your School and More" was presented by Claudia Throop

    • Participants really appreciated the opportunity to explain why they attended the conference & shared ideas

    • The Schoolhouse of the Year was presented to the Cook School in Grosse Pte Woods

    • The afternoon program consisted of a tour of the Bernard Historical Museum and the Brown School

    • Attendees were also invited to tour the Doster School in Plainwell, MI which has been re-purposed as a home

  • Based on evaluations received, participants really enjoyed the day 

M I S S I O N   S T A T E M E N T


Foster a deeper understanding and appreciation for the one-room schoolhouses in Michigan.


Encourage and stimulate the collection, preservation, and interpretation of Michigan's one-room school houses through conferences, newsletters, awards, consulting services, resources, and related historical activities.


Coordinate an inventory of all one-room school houses in Michigan through correspondence, survey forms, photography, and research.


Coordinate and further the programs of other historical societies and historians as they relate to one-room schoolhouses and act as a state-wide communication network.


Cooperate with appropriate individuals, organizations, and institutions on the local, regional, and state level in projects and activities which will promote and sustain interest in the history of one-room schoolhouses.

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