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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.



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The 2022 Conference will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2022 in Allegan, Michigan. It is being hosted by the Allegan County Historical Society (ACHS). The morning sessions will take place at the Congregational Church, 323 Cutler Street, Allegan. The morning session includes three speakers, Mark Lovett, President, ACHS; Susan Webb, Historian and Traveling Schoolmarm; David Thompson, co-author of "One Room Country Schools of Allegan County."  The afternoon session will include a visit to the restored Jewett School at the Allegan County Fair Grounds which last year hosted over 6,000 visitors. Optional is a tour of the Allegan County Old Jail Museum and Sheriff's Residence at 113 N Walnut Street, Allegan.

To read about the Jewett School and David Thompson and Keith Behm's publication, "One Room Country Schools of Allegan County" see the Spring 2022 issue of The Slate on "THE SLATE" tab. Additional  information on the conference and a registration form are on the "CONFERENCE" tab. There you will also find information on the One Room Schoolhouse of the Year Award and an application for the award.

Allegan has much to offer in the way of historical sites, so we are looking forward to hosting a very special conference.

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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