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By the Book

This exhibit focuses on Anderson’s educational history beginning with the Patrick Military Institute, established in 1878. Also discussed is the founding of Anderson University in 1911, the dozens of Rosenwald Schools for African Americans, and life in a one-room school house. A replica of such a school house is the exhibit’s centerpiece, including period desks, a wood burning stove, and a reading from McGuffy’s First Eclectic Reader.

By The Book beautifully displays the storied history of education in Anderson County. Roam the halls of our walk-through exhibit, reading about the evolution of schoolhouses, important events and monumental changes that occurred in the county. Visitors will journey through the past as they experience the one-room schoolhouse located inside the exhibit. Anderson County’s educational history is detailed by our wonderful displays, personal stories and precious artifacts.