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This guide archives the exhibits and displays which Lehman Library has provided to the campus in recent years.

Little Red Schoolhouse


The Little Red Schoolhouse as it looks now on the campus of Shippensburg University.

(#42 on the Campus Map at About the Library)

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November 2011



Library - Main Gallery

The Little Red Schoolhouse - An American Icon

The Little Red Schoolhouse at Ship was originally located at Mount Jackson, or Potato Point, near Newburg.  Built in 1865, it was in use as a school until 1954.  In 2006 the SU Archives & Special Collections Librarian, Karen Daniel, received an email from Jonathan Zimmerman, a professor of Education and History at New York University.  He was writing a book about the history and legacy of the one-room schoolhouse and was interested in the history of the schoolhouse on our campus.  Dr. Zimmerman reviewed materials from the SU Archives which contributed to his book, Small Wonder: The Little Red Schoolhouse in History and Memory. 

In 2009, Shippensburg University was selected by the Pennsylvania Humanities Commission to be the site for Jonathan Zimmerman’s TV program on one-room schoolhouses.  The episode was taped before a live audience on April 30, 2011 in our schoolhouse. The Pennsylvania Humanities Council produces Humanities on the Road, a television series that airs on the Pennsylvania Cable Network.  The program will be broadcast on PCN-TV in November 2011.

The Gallery display features numerous photos and related text regarding our Little Red Schoolhouse:  

· The Little Red Schoolhouse at Mount Jackson

· Reconstruction of the Little Red Schoolhouse

· Teaching in the Little Red Schoolhouse

· The Little Red Schoolhouse on Television

The Little Red Schoolhouse at Ship

schoolhouse schoolhouse moved to Ship

The Little Red Schoolhouse in its
original location near Newburg, PA.

Reconstruction of the Potato Point school
on campus began after it was donated to
the University in 1968.