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This is the one-room schoolhouse from Albion Township, south of Annandale.  It was built in 1902 and used until 1970.  All 8 grades were educated in this one room, with the smaller, younger children in front near the teacher.  Boys and girls usually sat on different sides of the room.  Students learned Bible verses; poems, historical epic, famous writings, and numerous facts that they were then called on to recite orally from the recitation bench up front. 

A pot-bellied stove was originally used, with students supplying the logs for the fire.  In more recent years, electricity and oil burning stoves were installed.  These were left in the building to show transition through the years.  Rest-room facilities were primitive, just like home, except here the boys and girls separate outhouses behind the building.   The wash 
3) One Room Schoolhouse
Country schools in Minnesota were well respected for the education they provided.  At one time there were nearly 5,000 one-room schoolhouses in the state.  At the end of the eighth grade year, a stiff State Board examination was given.  Pupils who passed participated in graduation ceremonies, usually wearing new clothes ad reciting something important like the Gettysburg Address.  Few farm children had the opportunity to go on to High School in town.  However, an 8th grade education was considered quite satisfactory since all the basics had been thoroughly covered.

A recent addition to the schoolhouse is the Lotus Williams display with her Annandale High School diploma.  She was in the first class to graduate.  Her handmade graduation dress is on display in the Millinery Shop.  Lotus, a retired teacher, spent her later years painting and collecting stories of Annandale.  Her book, Memories of Annandale, is in the gift shop.
room at the front of the school holds a basin and towel.  The physical education department consists of the adjustable bar, located in the doorframe in the back of the room, where the children could practice chin-ups.