One-Room School­house ex­hibit at Ver­mont His­tory Mu­seum

Stanstead Journal - - NEWS - Mont­pe­lier, VT

The open­ing re­cep­tion for One-Room Schools, with pho­tog­ra­phy by Diana Mara Henry and re­search and text by Mar­garet K. Nel­son of Mid­dle­bury Col­lege, will be held at the Ver­mont His­tory Mu­seum on Fri­day, June 6 from 5 to 7 pm. This event is pre­sented by the Ver­mont His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety.

Amanda Gustin, pub­lic pro­grams co­or­di­na­tor says, “Few people have at­tended class in a one-room school. This ex­hibit of­fers a glimpse into a time when stu­dents of ev­ery age and grade—and their teacher—gath­ered in a sin­gle room to learn.”

These pho­tos from the 1980s mark the end of an era. The pho­tog­ra­pher will give a short talk at the open­ing re­cep­tion June 6 at The Ver­mont His­tory Mu­seum at 109 State Street in Mont­pe­lier. Re­fresh­ments will be served. There will be free ad­mis­sion to the Ver­mont His­tory Mu­seum from 4:00 to 7:00 pm, as part of Mont­pe­lier’s Art Walk.

Diana Mara Henry be­gan her ca­reer in pho­to­jour­nal­ism at Rad­cliffe, as pho­toed­i­tor of the Har­vard Crim­son from 1967 to 1969. She re­ceived Har­vard’s Fer­gu­son His­tory Prize in 1967. Since her first job at NBC News, she has spe­cial­ized in in­ter­pret­ing so­cial is­sues and cul­tural events. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing Diana’s move to Ver­mont, the School­house ex­hibit has been at the Mem­phrem­a­gog Artists Col­lab­o­ra­tive and the Ver­mont Folk­life Cen­ter.

Mar­garet Nel­son is the Hep­burn Pro­fes­sor of So­ci­ol­ogy at Mid­dle­bury Col­lege. She teaches cour­ses in the fields of So­ci­ol­ogy of Ed­u­ca­tion, Poverty, and So­ci­ol­ogy of the Fam­ily. Nel­son has con­ducted re­search in the fields of Women and the Law, Child­birth, the His­tory of Teach­ing, Fam­ily Strate­gies in Ru­ral Ar­eas, Care­giv­ing, Sin­gle Moth­ers, and, most re­cently, Sur­veil­lance. Pro­fes­sor Nel­son has been a mem­ber of the So­ci­ol­ogy/An­thro­pol­ogy Depart­ment since 1975.

The School­house ex­hibit will be open May through mid-Oc­to­ber, 2014—free with ad­mis­sion to the Ver­mont His­tory Mu­seum. Reg­u­lar hours are Tues­day through Satur­day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Find out more by call­ing (802) 828-2291 or visit on­line at­en­dar.

Diana Mara Henry’s pho­tog­ra­phy jour­nal­ism will be shown at the Ver­mont His­tory Mu­seum from May to Oc­to­ber 2014.

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