Thursday, May 24, 2007

McGuffey Museum

A tour of the William Holmes McGuffey Museum with curator Steve Gordon and interim coordinator of museum education Helen Sheumaker was a timely follow up activity to the special collections presentation. An Ohio National Historical landmark, the museum is the home where McGuffey wrote the McGuffey Readers in 1836.

The museums mission statement:

"The Mission of William Holmes McGuffey Museum is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit materials relating to the life of William Holmes McGuffey, the McGuffey eclectic Reader series, the history of Miami University, and 19th century domestic life and architecture of southwest Ohio." (William Holmes McGuffey Museum, Flyer, 3/2004)

There are many historical treasures in the McGuffey museum including portraits of Harriet and William Holmes McGuffey, a Miami University chapel stained glass window from the 1860s, and McGuffey's intriguing octagon table (it works similar to a lazy Susan, allowing McGuffey to move the table instead of moving himself). More information about the McGuffey Museum is available on their website.

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