April 14, 2003
CONTACT: Summer Wilhelm

Eastern Michigan University to Host Michigan
One-Room Schoolhouse Conference May 10

YPSILANTI - From one-room school archaeology to preservation and restoration techniques, a wide variety of topics will be discussed at the Michigan One-Room Schoolhouse Conference Saturday, May 10, 8:30 a.m.-2:15 p.m., at the Porter Building on the campus of Eastern Michigan University.

This year's conference, "Back to Our Roots," marks the 10th anniversary of the Michigan One-Room Schoolhouse Association (MORSA) committee founding at EMU.

MORSA was founded to further the mission of education about one-room schools, to document all schools that were and are in existence; and to preserve and protect the number of existing schools, which is nearly 1,000.

"We're working to preserve the heritage of one-room schoolhouses," said Sue Daniel, MORSA membership chairman. "This conference will benefit those that want to learn more about that heritage."

An array of session subjects will be covered, including: teaching in a one-room school today; one-room school stories from the Upper Peninsula; and a historical perspective of the rural school. In addition, two videos will be shown and a slide show will be presented, documenting the move of the Geddes Townhall School to EMU's campus.

Conference fee is $35 and is due May 5. Registration forms and other information can be found on-line at