2018-04-12 / News

FAHS hosting presentation on one-room schools

FLUSHING — The Flushing Area Historical Society is hosting a special presentation for their meeting on April 16.

Max Harrison will be diving deep into Genesee County’s history of one-room schools.

The free program includes a PowerPoint presentation of several of the original Genesee County schools, including some from Flushing Township. Light refreshments will be available and a door prize will be drawn.

Harrison’s research into the country schools of Genesee County began in 2014 as an offshoot of a project he did on the Grand Blanc School district. While gathering information, he discovered how many old schools in Genesee County were still standing.

On winter vacation during his junior year of high school, he was browsing through an online version of the 1873 Genesee County plat atlas and realized the Van Slyke School in Mundy Township indicated on the map is still erected. He interest piqued, and he want to find how many more there are in the county.

Following his research, he traveled to some of the nearby schools and photographed them. Within the year, he had photographed all of the remaining schools in Genesee County and soon delved into more extensive research with the intention of publishing a book on the history of rural education in Genesee County. This is a project he continues to work towards.

The most significant driving force behind this project has been the information he has unearthed. While other Michigan counties have conducted significant research into the country schools, the research has never been done in Genesee County.

Max, according to the event information, is incredibly proud of the information he has unearthed on the schools that appeared on the surface to be lost to posterity, including many establishment and construction dates of the schoolhouses themselves.

The Flushing Depot: 431 W. Main Street. The program begins at 7 p.m. — S.T.

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